By: Mary Lyn Ray

Illustrator: Christopher Silas Neal

Published: September 2, 2014

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

I was looking for a book to read at my bedtime story time at the library. This was a new release and I figured most of the kids hadn’t read it or heard of it. I’m a sucker for farm books since I grew up on a farm with horses, sheep, cattle and chickens. I loved reading farm books to our kids and especially books perfect for bedtime that got them in the mood for sleeping.  If our kids were still little, I would definitely be reading this one to them.

A young girl is getting ready for bed while critters and animals outside are getting ready for bed. As she gets ready for bed, we learn where the animals, such as a bee, a beaver, a bear and foxes, all find room to sleep. The tale is told in rhyme and moves us around the farm as all the animals and the farmer are turning in for the night.


The pages in the hardcover are heavy paper and not easily torn by little fingers. The illustrations are muted in color and remind you that night in settling in around the farm. A child will love to be tucked into bed with this final story each night as they go off to dreamland thinking of all the other animals being tucked in as well.

Mary Lyn Ray

Mary Lyn Ray is a conservationist and author of several picture books for children. Ray’s texts are often praised for their lyricism and emotional depth, and in her works she frequently focuses on humankind’s relationship with nature. Among her critically acclaimed titles are PUMPKINS, SHAKER BOY, and WELCOME, BROWN BIRD. For more on Mary Lyn Ray, check out her website, http://www.marylynray.com/.

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  1. bermudaonion on November 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    That looks so sweet!

  2. ChaosIsAFriendOfMine on November 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    The illustrations look so warm and cozy. Perfect for bedtime!

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