Time for Bed

by Mem Fox

Other authorsJane Dyer (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1993



Call number




HMH Books for Young Readers (1993), Edition: First, 32 pages


As darkness falls parents everywhere try to get their children ready for sleep.

User reviews

LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
I am both indulgent and capricious when rating kids' books, but this one is sweet. Every baby animal is going to bed, and a curlyheaded child is a baby animal too.
LibraryThing member jmallen
This book has several different animals trying to get their babies to go to sleep. The pages all end in rhymes and the book ends with parent telling a child goodnight.
LibraryThing member jsunwoo
Another one of great Mem Fox's book. A perfect book to read for bedtime or nap time. From infants to kindergartens it can be read to a wide range of children. The mom is reading to her child about bedtimes for all different animals.
LibraryThing member jrg019
One of my favorite books as a child to read. Good for young children to wind them down, has a nice rythmic tone that helps put little ones to sleep.
LibraryThing member jcofsky
This book is as if a mother is putting her child to bed and saying goodnight to different baby animals. Each page presents a little animal as well as a rhyme with telling them to go to sleep. The book ends with the child being put to bed after the story has been read to her.
LibraryThing member JHamm
This book shows many different animals in it. It is a great bed time story and it shows many different animal mothers telling their babies goodnight. This will help children to see that animals are similar to humans in the relationships of mothers and children.
LibraryThing member mmontet
This book shows a variety of baby animals and explains that when it is dark and the stars are out, it is time for bed.
LibraryThing member nmhale
A simple bed time story, this is one book where the cover and title actually do tell you everything you need to know. The rhyming text is all about getting ready for bed, and each two page spread features a different animal mom and baby, cuddling together as they finish their last action before
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going to sleep. The illustrations are peaceful, with full dark colors that evoke the night, and the lyrical words are soothing. The book is made to celebrate night time rituals bathed in love and to lull the reader in to a sleepy frame of mind. A classic bed time story, I like it but don't love it, and read it occasionally to my own girls at night.
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LibraryThing member wanders
The best bedtime story ever.
LibraryThing member nkertz
this is a short rhyming book about different parent animals tell their young to go to sleep. it is fun becuase it ryhmes. i would not use this for a lesson plan, but i would surely read it to children of all ages at bedtime. i think tht this book is best suited for early chilhood to help learn
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animals and their babies or i would only use it as a bedtime story.
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LibraryThing member parkerthompson
This book has all different kinds of animals with mommy putting them to bed and at the very end there is a little girl going to bed.

I love this book!I love the calming effect it has, and the animals. The pictures are wonderful!

Classroom Extentions:

Could be used in a health unit- the
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importance of sleep
Could be used in and animal unit, use it to make the different sounds of animals.
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LibraryThing member stephanie006
This book is great for introducing phonics skills to young readers. It contains rhyme and reiteration. There is not much of a plot, since everyone is being put to bed. It is hard for kids to retell this story.
LibraryThing member stormiejean
great to teach rhyming words and animal names.
LibraryThing member mollysbooks
very sweet - works v. well as a goodnight book - would give as gift for new baby.
LibraryThing member YunJuLee
As darkness falls parents get their children ready for sleep. (Book Summary)
LibraryThing member matthewbloome
A lullaby full of various infant or adolescent animals being coaxed to sleep by their mothers which culminates in the narrator coaxing her own child to sleep. Perfect for a bedtime read aloud.
LibraryThing member KayteeSchroeder
REVIEW: This is a good book for kids relating to bed time and going to sleep. Its a sweet book with great illustrations.
RESOURCES: Lakewood Library
AGE: 1-2
LibraryThing member caitlinsnead
Mem fox is a great author, we researched her in class and this book has many detailed and amazing illustrations. Great bed time story
LibraryThing member mamajess03
This is a repetitive and predictable picture book that my three boys adored when they were little. It talks about all types of animals getting ready for bedtime and being tucked in with love and tenderness. We would read this book over and over and over. They went from naming the animals, to saying
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it with me as I read it, to wanting to "read" it by themselves, to actually picking out a few words to truly being able to read it on their own word for word while tracking them. I know that this lovely little book played an important role in special bedtimes at my house and instilled a love of cuddling up to read before bed in my boys. We have MANY favorites, but this is by far at the top of our list.
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LibraryThing member aeisen9
This is a gentle bedtime book that features familiar animals (sheep, cats, fish) preparing for sleep. The text is a bedtime-themed lullaby that a parent could adapt to a song if desired. This was originally a regular picture book, and then it was adapted to board book format -- an issue that Sarah
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Evans cautioned us about in the lecture. I think the story and images are still effective in this format, although I would be curious to compare the two formats side-by-side if possible.
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LibraryThing member oreads
This book makes me sleepy. Mummy and Daddy read it to me everynight just before bed.
LibraryThing member Hhaddad1
This story talks about each animal going to sleep at night. This would not be a book I would read to my classroom in the future, but it is a good book for parents to read to their young children before bedtime. It also introduces a few different animals while rhyming at the end of each sentence.
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
“It’s time for bed, little cat, little cat / So snuggle in tight, that’s right, like that.” This 1993 bedtime favorite from the Australian author Mem Fox and the illustrator Jane Dyer is now available in this small, square board book edition. Even the most reluctant snoozers will find
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themselves lulled by the repetitive rhythms, as the parent sheep, cat, snake, and fish implore their babies to get some shuteye: “It’s time for bed, little sheep, little sheep, / The whole wide world is going to sleep.” Dyer’s watercolor illustrations are bucolic and beautiful. A sweet, soothing lullaby.
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LibraryThing member kostonkarr
Even the most reluctant snoozers will find themselves lulled by the repetitive rhythms, as the parent sheep, cat, snake, and fish implore their babies to get some shuteye.

I could use this as a lesson for an introduction to animals and their habitats in a fun rhythmic way.
LibraryThing member heidi.donner
This book is a very basic book that would be good with kindergartners. We say goodnight to a bunch of animals and you do not learn much from this book. It is very cute and innocent but I dont see this as a big learning book.


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10.5 inches


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