Bedtime reading with sleepy picture books

Everyone will sleep soundly if you snuggle up with these books at bedtime.

Syndetics book coverBedtime is canceled / by Cece Meng ; illustrated by Aurélie Neyret.
“”The note read ‘Bedtime is canceled.’ Maggie thought of it. Her brother wrote it.” Of course, the siblings’ parents don’t buy the ruse upon receiving the note, but a fortuitous gust of wind whisks it to the desk of a newspaper reporter who puts the “official” word on the front page, and the news spreads. As a result, kids play, snack, and watch TV all night, and adults shuffle zombielike through the next day. Meng (I Will Not Read This Book) includes several nods to today’s rapid-fire dispersal of information (“A television reporter received an urgent text about it and raced to the school”) as well as goofy non sequiturs (“tired moms and dads were so busy yawning, some of them buttered the dog’s tail instead of the toast”), ” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverCuddle bear / Claire Freedman ; [illustrated by] Gavin Scott.
Do you need cuddles, cheer up hugs, or snuggle times to share? Then Cuddle Bear is made for you- a lovely rhyming book with gentle illustrations about a bear who cheers up all the animals even the grumpy lion! (Staff member) 

Syndetics book coverThe snuggle sandwich / Malachy Doyle ; [illustrated by] Gwen Millward.
During the morning rush no one notices when Annie’s teddy bear falls to the floor. After everyone else is gone, Annie and her mama look for the missing teddy before they are able to have a proper snuggle together. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSleep like a tiger / written by Mary Logue ; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
“”I’m not tired,” says a small girl in a red dress and a crown. “I’m just not sleepy.” Her affectionate parents-who also wear crowns-aren’t fazed. “They nodded their heads and said she didn’t have to go to sleep. But she had to put her pajamas on.” The three talk about the different ways animals sleep, taking their cue from family pets and the girl’s stuffed animals. Zagarenski’s gently surreal jewel-box paintings chart the movement of the girl’s imagination as she considers bears (“mighty sleepers,” her parents call them), snails (“They curl up like a cinnamon roll”), and tigers. “When he’s not hunting, he finds some shade, closes his eyes, and sleeps. That way he stays strong,” she says. It’s this image that holds the greatest promise of safety for the girl; as she drifts off, she imagines herself curled in the curve of the tiger’s tail, embracing a stuffed tiger as she sleeps. Zagarenski’s paintings take Logue’s story to places marvelously distant in thought and time; each spread holds treasures to find even after several readings.” (Publisher Weekly)