Bedtime is not always easy and I have always found that reading to my kids actually helped them relax and sleep easier. I have been reading to them ever since they were born, this is 1 of my favorite times of the day with them. Time for Bed, Sleepyhead The Falling Asleep Book written by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. and illustrated by Gail Yerrill is a gentle read for those restless nights.
Ten-time New York Times bestselling author and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen teams up with artist Gail Yerrill to create a book that helps facilitate sleep. Time for Bed, Sleepyhead pairs whimsical illustrations with storytelling techniques to tire your child’s imagination in order to help them settle down at bedtime and fall asleep.
Read aloud the story of little bear and his friends as they have a big day at the beach, then return home to eat dinner, take their baths, and head to bed, falling gently to sleep alongside your little one.
When I 1st opened the book and read the note from the author I knew this wasn’t going to be just a regular book. It talks about the books “hypnotic nature” and tells you not to read or listen to the book while driving. This was a little weird and something I have never read coming from a children’s book. Nonetheless I was happy to be spending a few minutes of quiet time reading to my daughter at bedtime.
As I have mentioned before my daughter loves animals, so any book that features animals usually grabs her attention, especially baby animals. Time for Bed, Sleepyhead The Falling Asleep Book gives a gentle explanation on the importance of sleep and what happens when you don’t get enough sleep. The “psychological visualizations” are meant to put the children in a sleepy state to make falling asleep easier. I guess I was hoping for something else coming from this book. But if you have a child that just refuses to sleep and want something that is coming from a child psychiatrist then check this out.
There is nothing harmful in the book just not what I was expecting. It is still a good read and perfect for bedtime. I am also disappointed it is missing the faith part of it, maybe a bedtime prayer at the end would have made the ending more appropriate for a faith based book.
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