Review of Go to Sleep, Sheep!

Any parent of a toddler knows that bedtime is one of the first places where a child learns a lot of skills–how to negotiate, how to think quickly on your feet, how to compose fiction. As a grown-up, we sometimes forget what it’s like to be a kid. How can anyone sleep when there’s so much of the world to explore, so much fun to be had, so many things to see and do?

Go to Sleep, Sheep! was clearly written by a parent who’s been through this. It’s the story of a mother lamb who tries to get her four little kids to go to the barn to sleep. They go through all the delay tactics we all know: “We’re not tired” “I’m still hungry” “Just one more story” “I’m thirsty’. Finally, they say their good night prayers, the littlest lamb tells her mom she loves her, and they sleep under the stars. It’s a story that will resonate with little ones because it’s their story–and it may even help them do a little self-refection as they read the story from the mother sheep’s perspective and pull for the mother to get her sheep to bed.

The book itself is a board book that’s uniquely shaped like a barn. The pages are thick and durable and will be able to withstand multiple readings. The illustrations are cute—not so much in the “funny cute” way, but more so in the “pretty cute” way. Each of the baby sheep has distinguishing characteristic–one has a blue bow, one has a red scarf, one has glasses–so you can make up your own little stories about each one. As with all great children’s books, there are plenty of details in the pictures such as other barnyard animals that you can use to engage your child and teach new words.

I’m rating it 4 of 5 stars. It’s a great book that helps reinforce the bedtime routine in a fun and playful way. It is simple, so it’s probably best suited to be read to children from 1-3, although given its simplicity it’s also a great one to bring out for toddlers who are learning to read (each page ends with “Go to Sleep, Sheep!” which is fun to read and say).