FREE Nap Time Read-Aloud, Read-Along eBOOK: Six Poems for a Quiet Afternoon

It was so much fun to give you my FREE Church Mouse Adventure BOOK: Mrs. Middlejoy and the Joyful Noise, I have decided to give you a FREE Read-Aloud, Read-Along BOOK, too:  Nap Time Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Six FREE Poems for a Quiet Afternoon

These five poems are hand-picked from my Read-Aloud, Read-Along books to be just right for a quiet afternoon. The rhythm, rhymes and themes are soothing and reflective. Try reading your favorite as a nap time ritual, and see how soon little ones will be reading along!


Pretending Sleep


Pretending Sleep

Sometimes I just pretend that I’m asleep
With my eyes closed softly and my breath slow and deep.
But I’m REALLY still listening to the story being read,
While I snuggle up with Bear in my soft, warm bed.


Sometimes I like to imagine I’m asleep
And all the space around me is a dream I can keep.
I feel the soft pillow underneath my head
And enjoy the time pretending I’m asleep in bed.


The time is just for being and my thoughts float free.
And nobody makes me fall asleep but me.


Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, daycare-givers, do you have a favorite way to bring your child into that calm, nap time mood? Please let me know if these poems help!  


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A Read-Aloud Year!


As Leland B. Jacobs says, "January opens the box of the year…."  

I'd like to share a poem inspired by my own love of the turning year, and the seasons it will bring.

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Four Winds

The East Wind is a gentle breeze

Stirring blossoms on the trees,

She whispers secrets to the clouds

And brings the hint of rain.


The south Wind sends a scorching sky

And bakes the summer grasses dry.

Across the hot and thirsty land

He rolls the lightning storm.


The West Wind shares a lush display

Of swirling leaves and smoky gray

Ripe with spicy apple smell.

Her richness fills the earth.


The North Wind howls and whips the snow

To hurry, faster, faster, go!

Stinging the air with sleet and ice

He drives the frozen night.


Each in its season comes again:

A memory of what has been,

The promise of the circling year

Renewing time and life.


From Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Celebrating Holidays and Seasons  


May this year bring a world of beauty and wonder to you and your family through reading aloud together!

Susan Call Hutchison


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