Who doesn’t love a story before bedtime? How about a story that can help to calm a busy body and mind and prepare it for a peaceful night’s sleep? Goodnight, Toes is a book that does just this, best described as a guided meditation for the very young.
It’s time for bed. But before eyes are closed, let’s be thankful for everything our body has allowed us to do. From wriggling toes to noses for smelling, hands for making to ears for listening, mouths for smiling to comfy bums for sitting on. Now, sleep tight, sweet dreams and by morning your body will be ready for another day…
In a non-stop world where children bounce from one thing to the next and rarely pause, this lovely book gets children (and probably their parents) to just take a few moments to reflect, to unwind and to be thankful at the end of the day. Calming and thoughtful, it is a brilliant bedtime book for parents to share with their young children that gently guides little minds through a bedtime routine where they are encouraged to be thankful for the incredible things that their bodies have allowed them to do.
Justine Adams’ soft prose follow a repetitive pattern where children can join in and focus on their body parts as they say goodnight to each and every one. ‘Goodnight neck, thanks for holding my head up high.’ Camille Manly’s illustrations are lush and are calming in themselves, with many of the spreads just featuring a girl in some truly beautiful and relaxing settings; sat under a tree listening to nature, looking out from a lighthouse, digging toes in the sand, enjoying fish and chips at the beach.
The whole thing is dreamy and wonderful and I love it. With huge thanks to Affirm Press for this beautiful read.
Recommended for 3+.