Bedtime Reading Corner Inspired by Mo Willems’ I Want to Sleep Under the Stars
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Like most parents, I’ve found myself looking for creative ways to keep my children happy indoors over the last seven months. Books have always been a big part of our lives, so naturally, I looked for entertaining books to escape and find inspiration at home. Our latest favorite bedtime book is the newest release from Mo Willems’ Unlimited Squirrels series; I Want to Sleep Under the Stars! and it inspired us to create our own “under the stars” bedtime nook for the kids.
In true Mo Willems style, I Want to Sleep Under the Stars! is hilarious and engaging. This book is all about the beauty of helping and encouraging friends, which is a great lesson for children. It’s a feel-good book, much like Mo Willems’ other books, that make it enjoyable for adults to read to kids. Although I Want to Sleep Under the Stars! is written for early readers, ages four to eight-year-olds (my son’s age group), my younger daughter, who is almost three, also loves I Want to Sleep Under the Stars!
If you aren’t yet familiar with the Unlimited Squirrels series, I’m sure you still recognize the name Mo Willems. He’s the beloved and bestselling creator of the Elephant & Piggie series, one of our favorites! This is the third book in the Unlimited Squirrels series and they all combine education with entertainment: get “nutty facts” and “a-corny jokes” in every book! In I Want to Sleep Under the Stars, learn all about sleeping under the stars along with Zoom Squirrel and his Squirrel pals.
“Under the Stars” Bedtime Reading Corner
Inspired by I Want to Sleep Under the Stars! I decided to create a cozy bedtime reading camp corner for my littles to wind down at bedtime and read. With all our kids experienced this year, this little corner to enjoy books before bed and not think about the crazy world outside almost feels necessary.
To set up the kids bedtime reading corner inspired by I Want to Sleep Under the Stars, I used:
- A teepee tent (found this inexpensive one on Amazon).
- A cozy throw or blanket.
- A star garland for the top of your teepee; I made one using silver paper cut into stars and taping them to a string.
- A floor pillow or mattress is also an option if your kids want to camp out in the reading nook and sleep there for fun.
I hope your kids enjoy reading I Want to Sleep Under the Stars! and their new bedtime reading corner.