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"Hoot and Honk Just Can't Sleep" Is the Perfect Bedtime Story to Help Little Ones Fall Asleep in Their Own Beds

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Hoot & Honk Find Their Way to Their Own Nests

Leslie Helakoski's new picture book Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep will help your toddler or preschooler want to learn to sleep in their own bed. Toddlers and preschoolers sometimes have difficulty with sleeping in their own beds, and this fun read aloud will show them that their own bed is really the best for sleeping.

Hoot is a newly hatched owlet and Honk is a newly hatched gosling. They were switched at birth and now are in the wrong nests! Baby Hoot finds himself in a nest with baby chicks. Baby Honk finds himself with baby owls. What are they to do? Baby Hoot wants to sleep in the light and the chicks want dark. Baby Honk wants to sleep at night and his nest pals want the light. What are they to do? Toddlers and preschoolers will find a multitude of reasons not to sleep in their own beds and will relate to all of these problems that Hoot and Honk encounter when they find themselves in the wrong nests. Both find their way back to their correct nests and both fall asleep happily after finding their nest in the right place.

Helakoski's beautiful picture book is written with short text phrases on each page to engage toddlers and preschoolers in the story. The large colorful illustrations fill each page with details to engage toddlers and preschoolers in participating in a reading experience. The large print in the text makes it easy to engage little ones with seeing words on the page. The story is written in rhymes that creates a fun language experience for young readers.

Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep was published by Sterling Children's Books and is recommended for ages 2-6. It has an ISBN of 9781454921257.

Charming Picture Book for Little Ones to Learn That Their Own Bed Is the Best

Fun picture book to read at bedtime

Fun picture book to read at bedtime

Large colorful illustrations

Large colorful illustrations

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Meet the Author

Leslie Helakoski is the author of many award winning children's books. She is also illustrator for some of her books. She is the recipient of the award from MIchigan Reads for 2007, The Great Lakes Great Books Award, and an award from the Florida Reading Association. She has also been nominated for state book awards in nine other states. You may learn more about her other books by logging on at

Large Colorful Illustrations by Helakoski

Helakoski  contributes her talent as an illustrator to her book

Helakoski contributes her talent as an illustrator to her book

Fun Read-Aloud Picture Books Aid Toddlers and Preschoolers With Language Skills

Helakoski's Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep is a delightful example of a book that is written in rhymes and also contains creative words in the text to engage toddlers and preschoolers in language skills. Parents are a young child's first source of language development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Reading is a great tool for language development.

Parents should point to and name the pictures when reading a picture book in order to facilitate vocabulary. Talk about what is happening in the pictures after reading the words. It is also helpful to point to the words as you read. Pointing to the words presents the opportunity for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to associate the printed text with spoken words. The large text in Helakoski's book is designed specifically for little ones in that they can easily see the printed words.

Rhymes present the opportunity for toddlers and preschoolers to learn phonological awareness. Rhymes build memory skills and are fun to say. Rhymes and funny words present the opportunity for young ones to play with language. Helaskoski's use of "Scritch...Scratch...Scuttle...Splash!" can become a fun chant to play with words. Rhymes also present the opportunity for children to learn how the sounds blend to create a word. "Dip. Dunk. Oops. Kerplunk!" from her book is an perfect example of fun words to use. Young children will have fun with the word play in this read aloud picture book.

Rhymes and Creative Words for Language Development

Fun rhyming words for language development

Fun rhyming words for language development

Creative use of funny words for language development

Creative use of funny words for language development

Parents Are the First Teachers of Language Development in Young Children

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