It's Time to Sleep, It's Time to Dream

It's Time to Sleep, It's Time to Dream

by David A. Adler, Kay Chorao

Nighttime has come; it's time for bed. It's time to dream of soft spring breezes, sand castles and seagulls, pumpkins, and mittens in this book about a child's winsome dreams during the four seasons.  See more details below


Nighttime has come; it's time for bed. It's time to dream of soft spring breezes, sand castles and seagulls, pumpkins, and mittens in this book about a child's winsome dreams during the four seasons.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
"It's late. It's night. It's time to sleep. And what comes shortly after? Dreams, of course." David Adler's spare, poetic prose, along with Kay Chorao's tender, delicate portraits of a toddler's waking world lead us through this charming hardcover bedtime book for the very young. Beginning with a dreamy image of the young child and stuffed toy resting beneath a budding tree, Adler's story takes flight through the four seasons. The soft watercolor illustrations reflect toddler-friendly outdoor scenes in summer, winter, fall and spring on one side of each double-page spread, while a clever black and white silhouette illustration depicts Mom, Dad, and Baby going through bedtime routines. Text is set in a bold, easy-to-read typeset style. The narrative makes effective use of repetition and soft-edged phrasing, which makes this a wonderful read-aloud book for an audience of one or a roomful of little ones getting ready for naptime at daycare. This is a good picture book choice for baby showers or new baby gifting! Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal


A couple prepares their child for bed with gentle, lulling words. As they go about their bedtime rituals, the lullaby includes imagery of the four seasons. For spring, the toddler is told, "It's late./It's night./It's time to sleep./It's time to dream/of drifting clouds,/soft spring rains,/tulips, and daffodils." Realistic gouache and colored-pencil artwork on each spread portrays two separate events. The first is a richly detailed and colorful full-page depiction of the poetic text. The second appears at the bottom of the opposite page, a silhouetted family undergoing the various bedtime preparations until their playful child is finally asleep. Pair this with Kevin Henkes's Old Bear (Greenwillow, 2008) for some soothing seasonal lullabies.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
If the title recalls "Turn! Turn! Turn!" it should. Adler offers a spare, comforting bedtime book that incorporates the changing seasons into a child's nighttime dreams. There is little text on each page, just a few carefully chosen words evoking each season of the year in turn: "It's time to sleep. It's time to dream, so close your eyes and dream of resting beneath the budding maple tree." As a mother and father put their son to sleep, they say these quietly descriptive words to soothe him. Chorao makes an effective choice in illustrating the majority of the bedtime activities in silhouette form, while the boy's exuberant imaginings are rendered in vibrant color paintings. Throughout, small blue-and-white stars lend visual continuity to the whole, recontextualizing the boy's dreams-of spring flowers, summer sand and sea, autumn leaves and a snowman-within the bedtime framework. The simplicity of the text and the sensible selection of soothing colors will lull any child to sleep. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Adler is a former math teacher and beloved author of more than a hundred children's books, including math titles such as "Fraction Fun"; "Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons". He lives in New York State. You can visit him on the web at

Kay Chorao is the beloved author and illustrator of many treasured books for children. Her illustrations in The Cats Kids, which she also wrote, were called “especially delightful” by School Library Journal.

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