How Does Sleep Come? -Pajama Party


Pajama Party  HOW TO THROW A PAJAMA PARTY

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the BEDTIME PAJAMA PARTY BLOG TOUR promoting for Jeanne C. Blackmore’s new children’s book HOW DOES SLEEP COME?  Elizabeth Sayles’ illustrations paint the coziest, most relaxing pictures that will have the little ones yawning in no time.

Before bed, Jacob asks his Mom, “How does sleep come?”  His mom answers with soothing images that leave Jacob’s eyes drooping as he lifts off to dreamland.

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky has been kind enough to provide a Pajama Party Kit that will keep the party interested and provide the children the ability to become a part of Jacob’s bedtime adventure.

PAJAMA PARTY

BEFORE the party starts

  • Use the link (see below) to download invitations that are sure to get responses!
  •  If you want to create your own invitations:

-Use construction paper to cut out little pajama bottoms and write the desired information on the legs.  Use colored ribbon to make a cute bow on the top to look like pajama draw strings. Put in an envelope and send.

  • Dress to impress in your snazziest pajamas. (Don’t leave out your stuffed animal for comfort!)
  • Make sure you have all your food and materials ready and set up for the guests. (I always have extra so that everyone smiles.)

FOOD IDEAS:

Milk and Cookies

  •  Cookies made in moon, star, and teddy bear shapes
  • Cupcakes with moons and stars as decoration toppings
  • Sliced Apples with Peanut Butter (but check for allergies first!)

DECORATIONS are easy for a Pajama theme!

Push living room furniture out of the way first.  Throw pillows around the living room and place plenty of blankets around for a cozy atmosphere.  To add affect, create a starry sky by hanging white twinkly lights around the party area.

 

DURING the party

ICEBREAKER GAMES

  • Use the creative writing stars found in the Sourcebooks Pajama Party Kit (see below) as an icebreaker.  You can ask questions such as, “What is the best bedtime snack?” or “What stuffed animal do you cuddle with at nighttime?”
  • Easy obstacle course to get energy out before reading the book:

–  Pretend they’re Jacob sprinting to his bed before lights out: jump the pillow, crawl under the chair, go around the footstool and end up in the living room (or party area) for the reading. Have a crepe paper “finish” and “start” lines taped to the floor.

READING

  • As you read HOW DOES SLEEP COME have the kids count sailboats and guess what animal will appear next.  Then, ask them how do they think sleep comes?

SLEEPY TIME FOOD

            This would be the perfect time to bring out snacks! (see above)

GAMES

  • Like the rabbit in HOW DOES SLEEP COME, race and hop around.  To add effect: make a blanket of cotton balls on the floor so that it feels like clouds and snow.
  • Pajama Contest with winners and prizes for most comfy, most sleepy time props, brightest PJs, and more.  Prizes could be a small plush toy or candy.
  •  If it’s a sleepover, have a sleeping bag relay race (similar to potato sac race)
  • Decorate pillowcases to make your very own Dream Canvas to sleep on!
  • Buy blank pillow cases and assorted permanent markers (safe to sleep on) and draw away!
  • You can also use the pillow case as a cape to look like Jacob on the cover.

Use the downloadable Sourcebooks Pajama Party Kit for activities that will allow the kids to interact with Jacob’s bedtime in How DOES SLEEP COME?

 

 PARTING GIFTS:

  • Slip one of the cookies they might have enjoyed during the party into a cellophane CD envelope, tie with colored yarn, and add a nice Thank You note or tag.  On the less expensive side, simply use sandwich baggies or saran wrap!
  •  The Thank You note can be made with colored construction paper cut out in moons or stars, punch a whole, and attach to yarn!
  •  Packets of hot cocoa mix, so when they go home and get ready for bed, they can feel all snuggly and warm.To jazz up the packets, add a Thank You note using the ideas listed above.
  •  Make your own bookmarks with dreamlike pictures like the ones you find in the book.
  • Purchase glow-in-the-dark stars and put a few in 5.5 ” L x 1.5 ” W envelopes. You can write Thank You on the front and draw on moons and stars.

 

 Have fun planning your Pajama Party to celebrate HOW DOES SLEEP COME?

Special Thanks to Sourcebooks for including me on the tour!

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Preschool Storytime -Book Selection for Fall


As Summer comes to a close it’s time to start planning the preschool storytimes as well as the other programs I’ll be offering in the Fall. Registration for the programs begin in just a few weeks.

In addition, other programs I’ll be offering at my branch include;  Lego Block Party, Babytime, Reading Buddies, and a Music program. It will be a busy but fun filled Fall (I hope).

I don’t focus on themes for but these are the books I’m thinking of featuring through over the 8 weeks:

Emma Dodd  Preschool Storytime   Alphabet Books  Patrick mcDonnell Storytime Mo Willems

Preschool Storytime  Preschool Storytime

I’ll be posting the programs over the next several weeks. Make sure you subscribe or bookmark this site so you can follow as I post.  I’d love to hear about your Fall programming plans as well.





The Maggie B- A Delicious Picture Book


There is a story that I vividly remember my mother reading to me as a child. I can remember the sound of her voice as she read the text, and when I think about that book, I remember every page, how the book smelled and it also brings back memories of my mother’s hugs, her warmth and the time she spent reading to me.

The Maggie B by Irene Haas is the book and it is my favourite picture book, because it has so much meaning for me.

Irene Haas

Books are magical, I think; because of their power to connect us to moments in our lives.

 There is a part of the story where Maggie (Margaret) is cooking  a lobster and fish supper  for her  little brother James. For  dessert, she careful cuts ripe peaches in half, drizzles them with honey and cinnamon and bakes them in the oven. This scene is etched in my memory, as I remember thinking that there couldn’t be anything in the world, more delicious then baked peaches.

Last week I made this desert for my family  and it is a moment that I will remember. I’m not one to spend too much time in the kitchen. In fact I totally dread cooking. Mostly, because I’m not very good at it. I gave this recipe a try though, and that fact that my son loved it was really just icing on the cake. He asked where I got the idea to make them…like it was a stroke of genius on my part. I told him about The Maggie B, and he smiled and then asked if I knew of any other picture books with good dessert recipes. 🙂

Is there a book from your childhood that brings you wonderful memories?