A special thank you goes out to Harper Collins and Tommy Nelson for sending my family Night Night, Sleepytown by Amy Parker to review and for providing press information. This story inspired a Cityscape Craft and opinions expressed are that of my own.
Are you looking for a fun way to introduce the idea of Civics to young children? How about thanking those that help a community function properly?
In the board book Night Night, Sleepytown by Amy Parker and Illustrated by Virginia Allyn, the story teaches this concept by showing the importance of Farmers, Doctors, First responders, as well as other occupations.
In addition, it also thanks these individuals for their service and God for watching over the town.
I have been encouraging my daughter to sit down and read with her brother, and I loved hearing a story of thankfulness and watching their reactions as they pointed out the details of the illustrations.
My daughter recognized the sky getting darker through out Night Night, Sleepytown, continuing characters from page to page like a mouse, and hints that this really is a Sleepy Town (Counting Sheep, and a Pillow Factory).
About Night Night, Sleepytown:
The book features darling illustrations of fire fighters, police officers, and citizens perusing around their neighborhood. Children are invited to say ‘night night’ to each town member.
“Sleepytown was actually a fictional town that my mom created,” shared Parker. “At bedtime, she would say, “Okay, it’s time to go to Sleepytown.” Night Night, Sleepytown is a great way adults can teach their little ones about the various community jobs that help our town go round.
What You Will Need:
Black or Blue Construction Paper
Star Stickers (A special thank you goes out to Craft Project Ideas for this fun pack)
To get started, first have your child or children think about what their city or town looks like in the evening, or have them look through Night Night, Sleepytown.
Then have them draw a city outline with the white crayon and decorate the sky with star stickers. Be sure to display this afterward, so everyone can see their Cityscape Craft.
Have any fun ideas or activities to teach children about how a city functions and how first responders, teachers, and others help your community? I would love to hear your thoughts below!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 1 million copies, including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children. Virginia Allyn has illustrated more than a dozen children’s books. She lives above a chocolate shop in a beautiful New Hampshire village. She enjoys collecting children’s books, hiking, and eating all her vegetables (except peas).
As you can see, Night Night, Sleepytown is a great way to introduce the concepts of Civics and our Cityscape Craft is a really simple activity to compliment the story.
Carlee @ FLL
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