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Night-Night, Forest Friends

Author: Annie Bach

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ISBN: 9780843172782

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Binding: Board book

Year Distributed: 2015 - 2016

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Bedtime, Animals, Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes

Book Acticity

As the sun sets, animals all over the forest get ready for bed. Papa rabbit tucks his babies in among the leaves, fuzzy bears settle in their den, and little foxes snuggle together under the moonlight. Up above, an owl hoots a lullaby. The gentle rhyming text and soft illustrations in this charming book will help little ones settle down for a cozy night.

Age Group 18 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Beginning to explore books on their own
  • May recite familiar stories to dolls or stuffed animals
  • Hearing favorite books over and over
  • May finish sentences in favorite books if you pause

Your child’s memory is expanding and they may surprise you with knowing the words of some of your favorite books and songs. Finger plays can help them to remember the songs, too. This is a busy time of brain building for your little one and you may find that they want a lot of repetition with favorite songs, stories, and activities. They’re building their own ability to engage in these things independently, so when you’re exhausted and your toddler is saying “Again! Again!” know that you’re investing in their ability to enjoy learning on their own.

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 18-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!

Why did we select this book?

A gentle bedtime is the goal of every family. This board book with its soft illustration, sleepy animals, and soft rhyming text should be a great tool to send your child into a gentle rest, while introducing them to interesting new words.

Book Acticity
Related Activities

Words that rhyme, like “fawns” and “yawns,” make the experience of new words a sweet one. You may find that once a book is read again and again, your child will be able to remember some of the rhymes. Predicting and saying a word in a book is a wonderful thing. Tell your child that you are proud of them for knowing a word. You may become exhausted with a book that your child asks for again and again to the point where they know the words. It may help to know that they ask for the book because it brings them comfort as well as a way to practice pretend reading. Both help your child’s learning and are more likely to support your child’s reading development later.


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