Truthfully we aren't reading very much these days. Nate is less interested in sitting calmly on my lap and more interested in speed crawling to the nearest off limits zone while he giggles maniacally. When he does sit on my lap at bedtime he usually insists on holding the book himself while refusing to let me look at it at all. Luckily I have most of our bedtime books memorized, so I recite the story as he chews on the cover. I know I must be patient - this phase will pass, but I miss that part of our bedtime routine.
So, I have decided to share the newest book in our collection: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Nate received it this weekend as an early birthday gift from our good friends. The illustrations are warm and rich and the story is a perfect fit for our constant nighttime woes.
To answer the title question, each page features the possibility of a dinosaur acting out in full-on bedtime toddler mode.
"How does a dinosaur say good night when Mama comes in to turn off the light?"
"Does he swing his neck from side to side?"
"Does he fall on the top of his covers and cry?"
"No, dinosaurs don't.
They don't even try.
They give a big kiss."
"They turn out the light."
Well, you get the idea. It turns out that dinosaurs are extremely well behaved at bedtime and go to sleep like sweet little boys and girls. It's adorable. Now if Nate would only sit still for the lesson...