Time for Bed by Mem Fox

I bought Time for Bed in board book format for my granddaughter.  I have always enjoyed books by Mem Fox, and this one is such a special read!

I love books that use animals for these could be a mom or dad or grandparent or foster parent, etc. tucking a child into bed with love.  

It begins...

It's time for bed, little mouse, little mouse,

Darkness is falling all over the house.

It's time for bed, little goose, little goose,

The stars are out and on the loose.

This sweet tale moves through several animals as each shares in a bedtime routine.  The first few focus on the signs it's bedtime - darkness has come and stars are coming out.

Something I love about this bedtime book is some of the animals share little actions that you can do with your own little one.  The cow asks about the calf's day, the horse whispers a secret, and the fish holds its breath and makes a wish.

Lastly, come the animals coaxing their young ones to sleep saying close your eyes and give a kiss.  Comfort and love are spread like a blanket wishing the child a good night's sleep which is so important for their physical development.

Make the Most of Time for Bed


  • As your child is able, allow them to finish each phrase with the correct rhyming word.  This will make them feel like they are reading too!
  • For toddlers, introduce the animals and the sounds they make. This little book goes beyond too in that you can introduce your child to what baby animals are called such as calf, foal, etc.
  • Use the illustrations to learn big and small.  Have your child point to the big animal and then the small or little one to practice size contrast.


  • Use the prompts given in the book to make special moments before going to bed.  You & your child will look forward to these and they will make the read new every time while also teaching them conversation skills. Take time to ask about your child's day. Share secrets. Hold your breath and make a wish, then share. 


  • Rest impacts our emotions; it actually stabilizes them.  Time for Bed sets the stage of routine and feelings of love helping a child to feel safe and relax into sleep.


  • Psalm 4:8 reminds us of God's protective care -  “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” 
  • “When you lie down, you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”  Proverbs 3:24 is a wonderful verse to quote over your child as they go to sleep.

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