Children’s Book Giveaway: Bedtime for Mommy.
August 03, 2010

The book featured today is Bedtime for Mommy, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

I think I may have mentioned this before, but we reserve several books for bedtime or naptime in our home.  Most of these books are calmer tales, nothing excitable, and several of them (Bedtime for Mommy included) deal specifically with going to sleep.  If you are looking for a cute story to help introduce bedtime stories to your nighttime routine or to give your child a quick giggle before lights-out, then I would absolutely recommend Rosenthal’s book.

Bedtime for Mommy is a conversation between a mother and her daughter – and in this case, the daughter is in charge.  Just about any book that puts children in control can count on me to become a fan, but the reason I like this one so much is, well, it’s funny.  As bedtime approaches, the mother stalls and negotiates, just like a child.  And in turn, her daughter double checks that she brushed her teeth, tucks her in, and fetches a glass of water for her, just like a mother.  The first time I read it, I knew immediately that it was going to wind up in Charlotte’s collection.

How could it not?  Are you kidding?  KIDS DIG THIS SHIT.  Kids love, and I do mean LOVE, reading books where roles are reversed and children make the rules.  As for me, well, I appreciate any book that makes me smile as much as it makes my child smile.  In this case, the last page – an illustration of the two indulgent parents peeking in on their sleeping daughter – makes my heart happy.  Charlotte will not understand that page for years, but I will, so while she gets a kick out of the story’s fun spin on a familiar theme, I’ll get a kick out of the story’s conclusion.

That seems fair to me.

Pros: The topic is pretty universal and the illustrations are fun.  It is a great way to wind down before bedtime.

Cons: None, really.  I know that some people do not feel that books that allow the child to rule over the parent are appropriate, so if you fall under that category then this may not be for you.  Personally, I think that part of parenting is encouraging independence and allowing children to role-play bits and pieces of adulthood.  What better way to learn than through play?

Borrow or Buy: Borrow.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail answering this question: how do you feel about books like this one that put children in control?  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Sunday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time and the winners will be announced next Tuesday morning.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to six entries.

For extra entries: This is on the honor system, so please be honest.  I will award you one extra entry if you vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs by clicking here or at Top Baby Blogs by clicking here.  Each day you vote, I will award you two additional entries.  I am hoping to maintain or move into a spot in the top ten on both sites so that we can slowly begin to reach more parents about the joys and importance of reading with children.

To purchase this book: You can buy Bedtime for Mommy through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.

An announcement: The winner of last week’s book series giveaway was Tamara.  Congratulations, Tamara!


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  1. By on August 03, 2010

    I think it’s great if there are books where authority is turned on its head.  It’s something kids dream about anyway (or at least, I always did!).

  2. By Cynthia A on August 03, 2010

    I think that giving kids independence and decision making is great in moderation and with limits :)

    Voted on both sites!

  3. By on August 03, 2010

    My little guy (he’ll be three in 2 weeks) likes to be bossy, so he loves books like this.  Any book he likes is a book I like!

    I voted on both sites.

  4. By on August 03, 2010

    I think it is great for kids to explore outside their identities in a safe way, and books with role reversal does just that.

  5. By on August 03, 2010

    I think books that put children in the adult’s role are great. Most children know that just because the child from the book is in charge doesn’t mean that they’re in charge of their parent’s in real life.

    This story reminds me of the other day when my niece was visiting and, while I was lying on the floor, she tucked a blanket over me, patted me on the head, fixed the blanket and then walked out of the room.

  6. By Sarah on August 03, 2010

    I think that kids need to be given choices in their home environment so that when they are the adults, they will have better decision making skills. and frankly, it would be nice to have someone tuck me in and insist I go to bed!!

  7. By Tracy on August 03, 2010

    I am utterly in love with Amy Krouse Rosenthall. Little Hoot is one of my favorite story books, and is also in the theme of role reversals. Little Hoot hates that his friends all “get” to go to bed early & he has to stay up late. And the illustrations…so cute. It’s also a great book for kids to “read” to you because the illustrations tell the story so well.

    PS, have you read Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by AKR?Brilliant. Plan on writing my own.

  8. By on August 03, 2010

    Love the books (and movies) featuring role reversal!  I completely agree with you:  what better way for children to learn to grow into adults than to role play.

  9. By on August 03, 2010

    P.S. I voted for you as a “Top Mommy Blog”!

  10. By on August 03, 2010

    P.P.S. I voted for you as a “Top Baby Blog”!

  11. By on August 03, 2010

    The little girl in the book is practicing being a mommy herself and is learning about how to go to bed on her own at the same time. Children need role playing and to use their imagination in order to learn about the world. I think it is a great book! Also, I voted for you at the mommy and at the baby site!

  12. By Jennifer W on August 03, 2010

    I definitely want my girl to stand up for herself and be independent…but also know that we are there for her to turn to. I want my child to be privy to all types of books, so this is perfect.

  13. By Jennifer W on August 03, 2010

    I also voted for you!

  14. By on August 03, 2010

    I think books that reverse the typical roles are good for kids.  Going through life they will see this at many different stages.  They also think it is so funny!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Susan

  15. By Cambria on August 03, 2010

    I think the empower our kids. I like that.

  16. By on August 03, 2010

    I love books like this!  My kids love to role-play and what child doesn’t love the thought of being in charge?!  Sounds like a GREAT bedtime book!

  17. By on August 03, 2010

    I voted on both sites, also!!

  18. By beyond on August 03, 2010

    role play is a great learning tool.

  19. By beyond on August 03, 2010

    voted for you on top mommy blogs!

  20. By Christy on August 03, 2010

    I think its important for kids to role play sometimes.  It’s fun.

  21. By on August 04, 2010

    It’s all in good fun and imagination so why not.

    I voted at both sites.

  22. By Mallory on August 04, 2010

    I think it’s great when a book puts a kid in an authoritative role. It teaches them how to lead, and hopefully, what mistakes to avoid.

  23. By on August 04, 2010

    Voted on both sites again today.

    Happy Wednesday!

  24. By beyond on August 04, 2010

    just voted on both sites!

  25. By on August 04, 2010

    I have to say that letting my two-year-old be in control is the only way I can get him to do ANYTHING!  Hahaha!

  26. By Jennifer W on August 04, 2010

    I voted today. :)

  27. By on August 04, 2010

    I like books that put kids in control in constructive ways.  I’m a big fan of allowing children to experiment with roles that they have not yet fully grown into yet.

  28. By on August 04, 2010

    I voted for you on Top Mommy blogs.

  29. By on August 04, 2010

    I voted for you on Top Baby blogs.

  30. By Candice on August 05, 2010

    I’m not a big one on asserting control over my child so I dont’ mind it one bit! lol

  31. By on August 05, 2010

    Voted again today on both blogs!

  32. By on August 05, 2010

    daily entry - I like books that put kids in control in constructive ways.  I’m a big fan of allowing children to experiment with roles that they have not yet fully grown into yet.

  33. By on August 05, 2010

    daily vote - I voted for you on Top Mommy blogs.

  34. By on August 05, 2010

    daily vote - I voted for you on Top Baby blogs.

  35. By Jennifer W on August 06, 2010

    Here’s my daily votes!

  36. By on August 06, 2010

    I think it’s great. What child doesn’t like to be the one in charge and it teaches so many good lessons.

  37. By on August 07, 2010

    daily entry   - I like books that put kids in control in constructive ways.  I’m a big fan of allowing children to experiment with roles that they have not yet fully grown into yet.

  38. By on August 07, 2010

    daily vote -  I voted for you on Top Mommy blogs.

  39. By on August 07, 2010

    daily vote -  I voted for you on Top Baby blogs.

  40. By on August 08, 2010

    my daily entry   - I like books that put kids in control in constructive ways.  I’m a big fan of allowing children to experiment with roles that they have not yet fully grown into yet.

  41. By on August 08, 2010

    my daily vote -  I voted for you on Top Mommy blogs.

  42. By on August 08, 2010

    my daily vote -  I voted for you on Top Baby blogs.


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