Bedtime Story for Kids: Switching on the Moon


Switching on the Moon by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters is our recommended bedtime story for kids this week.  Melissa Young from Sweet on Books explains why:

“What You Need to Know:

• This is a terrific collection of bedtime-related poems, compiled by the great Jane Yolen and poet Andrew Fusek Peters.
• This book would make a soothing addition to your bedtime routine with your young one.
• The tranquil illustrations done brilliantly by G. Brian Karas add to the general calmness of the reading experience.

Sweet Book Summary:

Switching on the Moon is a compilation of poems all related to sleep and nighttime activities, separated into three sections: Going to Bed, Sweet Dreams, and In the Night. This book is a gem for parents of younger children; specifically, I think children from birth to at least six years would enjoy this collection. Some poems are soothing, such as Sweet and Low by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Some poems are silly, such as Naughty Soap Song by Dorothy Aldis. Finally, some of the poems are quite informative for a young child, like Yolen’s Who Sings in the Night, which is a poem that explains nocturnal activities by a disparate group of night creatures including owls, frogs and more. The book is bound beautifully in a hard cover and would make a perfect baby shower or new baby gift.

In general, poems are a terrific literacy tool for so many reasons including: they allow you to pick how much or how little you want to read at a time, poems generally celebrate language in a way young readers don’t get exposed to very often, and they are perfect snippets for newly independent readers to practice with unassisted.”

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