Without further ado, our first instalment:
Going to Sleep on the Farm
by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
With rhythmic, gentle text and lovely, illuminated artwork, this is a wonderful book both for listening and looking. The text is a conversation between father and son at bedtime. It opens,
How does a cow go to sleep, tell me how?
How does a cow go to sleep?
A full spread illustration follows with the father's description of the cow settling down for the night. Different farm animals follow in turn, till the sun has set and everyone is asleep.
The rhythm is just right in this book, as is the rhyming. The artwork captures the light of the setting sun perfectly. And I love that it's a book with a daddy in it!
Here is a sample page:
It's not currently in print, though second-hand copies can be obtained online. I think I'll put it on my wish list!