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It Is Not Time for Sleeping

Are you sure it's bedtime?
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Clarion (Houghton Mifflin)
Fall 2016
hardcover: 978-0-544-31930-1

As the day comes to an end, bedtime draws near. But the little boy in this book is quite sure it is not time for sleeping. As each piece of his evening routine is completed, the question becomes: When will it be time for sleeping?

With illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo, soothing, rhythmic words and lush twilight scenes come together to create the perfect bedtime story and an instant picture book classic.

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Awards and honors
A CCBC Choice Book of 2017
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
A Wall Street Journal Best New Picture Book

It Is Not Time for Sleeping has been named to one state reading list!

Reviews and praise
Publishers Weekly / STARRED review
★ Castillo conjures security with her trademark warm colors and solid black contours . . . Graff rebalances the traditional bedtime dynamic ever so slightly, portraying parents who never need to resort to authority, instead letting the reliable routines of day’s end work their magic.  
The Horn Book
The way the parents continue to carry out the nighttime rituals all the way through to a final hug and a “we love you” is respectful of the child’s independence, while encouraging kids at home to settle in and allow themselves to fall asleep, too. 

School Library Journal
An excellent candidate for bedtime sharing.

A very good goodnight book. 

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