Who knew a book about a farm would be perfect for bedtime?


With winter coming, there are lots of jobs on the farm. It is time to harvest the last of the crops and get others ready for next year's growing season. Now is the time to repair holes in the chicken coop, secure the beehives, and put away the big field machines, too. The family needs to be prepared, too; putting food in the cellar, canning vegetables and fruits; and getting some things ready to sell, too. When the solstice arrives, the farm is ready for its nap. 

Parent Perspective:
What a lovely, lovely book. The story is a journey about what happens as the farm prepares itself for winter, but it is done in a way that is soothing, bringing with it the "hush" that comes with winter snows. There is definitely a lullaby feel to it. What I love most is how the story connects farm life (something most of us are not familiar with to things that ARE part of our daily lives. The author did an amazing job offering lots of detail (like food names) but not bogging down the pages with text. Highly recommended for home and classroom.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lovely illustrations complement lullaby-like text in this story about how the farm family prepares the animals, plants, and itself for winter. Don't be surprised if your kids want to visit a farm after you read this!

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This picture book explains life on the farm. Although the focus is preparing for winter, readers get glimpses of what happens in the other seasons, too.
Educational Themes:

The book walks readers through the process of preparing a farm for winter. In addition to explaining the equipment and tasks, the narrator talks about the different types of food they grow and what its season is; how to protect the beehives; what farmers do with their harvests. While some of the foods may be familiar to readers, others may be new. Depending on when you share this book, you may be able to find some of them at a farmers market. If not, try a grocery store (not a chain) that sells local goods.

In her author's note, Ms. Doyle explains that during winter she writes letters to students at a local school who, in the spring, come to visit her farm. This may be something you - or your school - might be interested in pursuing where you live.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 9
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The story is lovely as a lullaby with young children who will enjoy the illustrations, but it will grow with your child as they learn more about the world around them.

Title Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter
Author Eugenie Doyle
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2016
Illustrators Becca Stadtlander
ISBN 9781452129013
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family, Nature, Seasons, Jobs
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