Close Your Eyes: A Book of Sleepiness – Lori Haskins Houran, illustrations by Sydney Hanson


 Close Your Eyes: A Book of Sleepiness – Lori Haskins Houran, illustrations by Sydney Hanson, Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807512715, 2021 

Format: ARC (Hardcover available March, 2021)

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This book is perfect for getting little ones ready for bed–almost makes the reader ready for bed as well! This story features pages and pages of cute little animals in various stages of falling asleep. They are yawning, stretching their legs, curling in little balls, and resting their heads down on the ground. Every once in a while, an occasional animal appears that is wide awake –including a frog that leaps across the page or an owl with bright open eyes in the nighttime sky. However, sleep eventually does come to every creature and this might include young children as well!

The illustrations are soft and dreamy with muted colors and very cuddly little creatures. The animals are curled up in the grass, gathered in a nest, settled into a fluffy bed, or even resting on top of the water in a pond.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of infant and three years old. It would be a great book to calm a child just before bedtime.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of infant and three years old.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, bedtime stories are always wanted by parents.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: January 1, 2021

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