by Judy Newman with Alexie Basil
Because so many parents of young children are struggling with managing the challenges of keeping their kids in some kind of a normal routine during COVID-19, we thought we would bring back one of our most popular Books of the Week: Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney.
“Dewdney’s authorial debut is an uproariously funny tale detailing the true events that occur between lights out and when a wee one actually falls asleep.” —Kirkus Reviews
It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was really only last year when David and I dressed up as Llama and his mama.…
When I pulled out photos of my own children when they were younger, wearing their favorite pajamas.…
When I went down memory lane with my daughter, Rebecca, about her baby blanket, aka “Reg” (short for “Regular”).…
And when David’s dog, Yoshi, even got in on the act.
As I am writing this, in April 2020, in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many things are very different from when we first put these posts together.
But many things remain the same: the incredible, passionate, caring professionalism of teachers; the importance of loving family, friends, and caregivers; good health; and the powerful importance of a good bedtime story.
We’ve reprised some favorite resources to help you enjoy Llama Llama Red Pajama with the young children in your lives. Plus we’ve gathered some expert advice on the importance of a bedtime routine and a good night’s sleep for young children.
• MUSIC VIDEO: Sing along with the Book Boys on “Llama Llama.”
• GOOD NIGHTS FOR GOOD DAYS: Learn about Pajama Program’s Good Night Bill of Rights.
• THINK AND DRAW: Try a creative activity for kids to explore their own perfect bedtime routines—just download this worksheet to print or replicate the activity on a blank piece of paper.
• TEACHER TIP: Learn how early childhood educator Adrienne Cromartie Wolf uses Llama Llama Red Pajama with her preschoolers to teach empathy and patience—necessary virtues for kids to understand during these times!
All that said, we do understand how challenging this is during these difficult times. Mostly what we want to say is: We understand the challenges, and we want to try to help teachers and families connect kids to great stories in any way we can.
Please feel free to contact me if we can help. And we hope Llama Llama Red Pajama helps build a healthy, stable bedtime routine for young readers in your life.
Stay safe, and happy reading!
This Book Is Available from Scholastic Book Clubs