The Prince's Bedtime


The Prince does not want to go to sleep. The King and Queen try doctors and dancers; magicians and jugglers; songs and food – but nothing worked. Then one night an old lady came to the gate. Does she have the answer to this problem?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Pictures and rhyming text keep the kids engaged in the story. It will lead to reading more books at bedtime!

Content Awareness Factors:

Plan to spend more time reading at bedtime.

Little Kid Reaction

I shared this book with Kindergartners and first graders at 5 o'clock in the afternoon (after they had been in school since 7:30 AM). Still, the kids were captivated by this story. It was a story line they could all relate to.

Adult Reader Reaction

As an adult, I enjoyed sharing this story. As a children's librarian, I loved the ending!

Type of Book:
This picture book is a royal version of an every-day dilemma for many families.
Educational Themes:

Use this book to talk about your bedtime routine and what helps your kids go to sleep. Ask them what suggestions they would have for the prince. As you read the story, ask the kids to predict the outcome of the ideas the King and Queen tried. Prediction is a great reading tool and keeps the kids involved in the story. There are some words that may be new to the kids and can be used to increase their vocabulary – gestures, conjectures, ludicrous. You can teach numbers and counting by counting the sheep pictured and numbered inside the front/back of the book and on the title page. At the end of the book there is a perfect lead in to a discussion about imagination.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Shared with a group of kids from 5 to 7 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Buy, especially if you have a child that struggles to go to sleep.

Title The Prince's Bedtime
Author Joanne Oppenheim
Publisher Barefoot Books © 2006
Illustrators Miriam Latimer
ISBN 9781841485973
Material Paperback
Cost $9.99
Genres Family, Poetry
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