Review: Time for Bed
Time for Bed
by Vicki L. Weber, illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
Apples & Honey Press (imprint of Behrman House), 2022
Category: Picture Books
Reviewer: Shirley Vernick
The six full-page spreads in this upbeat board book show increasingly drowsy babies and toddlers getting ready for bed before wishing each other lailah tov (good night). The full-color illustrations and a handful of rhyming lines take the babies through bathtime, story reading, singing, and goodnight hugs and cuddles. The adults and children have white, brown and black skin, adding appreciated diversity to the book.
Time For Bed models a happy bedtime routine – including the Hebrew goodnight wishes – followed by a peaceful sleep. Babies and toddlers will enjoy its cheerful, comforting content, plus the opportunity to practice a sweet Hebrew phrase.
While this book is a welcome addition to libraries for the youngest Jewish children, the only Jewish-specific content is the term lailah tov, which appears once in the text, on the last page. (The term also appears on one of the baby’s pajamas; the pajamas are shown on the book cover and on one of the inside pages.) Consequently, this book may not have enough Jewish content to qualify for the Sydney Taylor Book Award. Still, it’s a happy, reassuring introduction to books for and about Jewish children. Warmly recommended.
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