We’re told the days are getting longer, but at pitch-black 5:30 PM each day, that’s pretty hard to believe. We’ve got a few ways to brighten up these dark nights, especially at bedtime. One is pure 2012; the other is tried-and-true.
How’s this for 21st century: enlist your tablet or smartphone and turn a bedtime story into a sweet, cinematic experience. A quick search on YouTube calls up a plethora of kids’ books re-imagined as mini movies. Our favorites are the sweet, soporific dreamlands by Stephan Smith and some remarkable footage of Bill Martin reading his classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? In a revelatory interpretation, the grandfatherly author sings the text like a lullabye. Put these stories on fullscreen and the “book” comes to life.
The tried-and-true way to brighten up dreary winter nights? A night light, of course. Use the aforementioned tablet or smartphone and let a special child browse our selection to find the perfect one from our more than 150 designs. There are even some by Eric Carle that offer the perfect companion to the gentle voice of Bill Martin.