The child’s entry into the night is, to some extent, like embarking upon a journey, and I always hope that the story I told them would accompany them for a time as they travel, that it would be a kind of pleasant, shielding souvenir they take along with them, like a kiss on the cheek. [David Grossman, “In the bedtime story bubble”, 7 Yamim, Yedioth Ahronoth]
Age Group: TODDLERS
Book-Related Family Activities
A piece of advice when reading as a family
Reading together allows toddlers to identify with the main character in the book. Together with you, their parents, they learn to name the feelings that overwhelm them, and discover solutions for challenging situations.
Mira Meir (1932–2016) – Israeli children’s book authoress, poetess, translator and editor. Her books for children, among them Oren’s Turtle [Hatzav Shel Oren], Sheluli and I Love Drawing [Ani Ohev Letzayer] won prestigious awards as well as readers’ hearts. Meir won the Zeev Prize for Lifetime Achievement, as well as other awards.
Alona Frankel (born in 1937) is an illustrator and author of children’s books. She has written and illustrated over thirty children’s books that have been translated into numerous languages, among them The Family of Tiny White Elephants [Sefer HaPilpilim], Once Upon a Potty [Sir HaSirim], and the series of books starring Naphtali. In addition, she has illustrated over forty children’s books that others have authored. Frankel has won awards for her children’s book illustrations.
A discussion on going to bed
You could discuss bedtime with your toddlers, and describe what you do before going to bed together: Do you usually sing a song together? Cuddle? Or perhaps read a story? You could invite your bedtime buddies – a doll, teddy bear, or blankie, to your story-time.