Brobot Bedtime by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Scott Campbell is the adorable story of three robot brothers who are having trouble falling asleep, well one brobot is having trouble sleeping causing the other two brothers to try and help fall asleep before Mommybot comes back into their bedroom.
Poor Beep gets the flick-ups (hiccups), is scared of the possibility of monsters, the light is too bright, the blanket fort is too hot, the fan is too loud… well, you get the picture. But, when Buzz, Crash and Beep work together they finally help Beep fall asleep. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but it continues to be adorable until the final page!
The only way to read this story is in your best robot voice, kudos to you if you have three unique robot voices for each of the brother robots. The illustrations are also adorable, allowing you to easily follow who’s speaking as their word bubbles are the same colors as their bodies. It’s also helpful because each robot look unique making it easy to differentiate between the three.
What brothers wouldn’t love a story about robots, a blanket fort and bedtime?!? Share this with your favorite brobots (at bedtime)!
Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Beep can’t fall asleep, can the brobots help Beep enter “sleep mode” before he breaks down and Mommybot comes in to give them all a reboot?
Title: Brobot Bedtime
Author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Illustrator: Scott Campbell
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Page Number: 32 pages
The first annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award finalists were announced last week and I didn’t get a chance to post this yet, so here goes. Anna Dewdney, children’s book author and illustrator, most well-known for her series Llama Llama passed away last year of brain cancer at the age of 50. Sadly, much too soon for the children’s book world, but Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader created an award in memory of Dewdney that will continue her legacy for years to come.
The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, “will be given to a picture book published in the U.S. during the previous five years that inspires empathy and connection and makes for an exceptional read-aloud.” Dewdney’s own books were about the every day trials and tribulations of a young
child’s llama’s life in which you feel empathetic toward his plight, and they also made amazing read alouds with such a great rhyme and rhythm.
The finalists are:
- Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade, illustrated by Olga Stern (Simon & Schuster)
- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Putnam)
- Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins (Disney-Hyperion)
- Toby by Hazel Mitchell (Candlewick)
- Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Holt)
The winner will be chosen during Children’s Book Week, a week to celebrate children’s literature and the announcement of the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Award at the end of the week. If you haven’t had a chance to read all five of these titles, stop by your local independent book store or local library to grab copies of them all to share with your family!
In honor of Women’s History Month, here are 20 picture book biographies about awesome women! Enjoy!
Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Frida by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Ana Juan
Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story Of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way To Fame, Fortune & Swimsuit History! by Shana Corey, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough, illustrated by Debby Atwell
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown, illustrated by Frank Morrison
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss, illustrated by John Hendrix
Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still by Karlin Gray, illustrated by Christine Davenier
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Edel Rodriquez
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola
Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Don Tate
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Díaz
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer by Shana Corey, illustrated by Chesley McLaren
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
- The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
- Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Grab your favorite leprechaun and pick up a book about St. Patrick, Ireland and the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
- Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
- A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by Tom Curry
- The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater, illustrated by Ethan Long
- Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
- Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk: An Irish Tale by Gerald McDermott
- The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer
- The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick by Sheila MacGill-Callahan, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
- That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
- O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
- Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tome DePaola