The Best Bed for Me

by Gaia Cornwall (Author) Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From the creator of Jabari Jumps and Jabari Tries, the tale of a stalling child with a lively imagination--and a passion for animal facts--makes for the best kind of bedtime story.

Mama and Mommy would like Sweet Pea to settle into bed, but it's not quite time. Even though the bed is fluffy, it's not as snuggly as curling up like a pig in the mud, or as spacious as sleeping in the wide ocean like a blue whale. It's not as fun as sleeping high up in a tree like a koala, or hanging upside down like a bat. And it's definitely not as relaxing as sleeping standing up, like an emperor penguin. But after mimicking all the ways different animals rest, this little one concedes that a comfy bed, a soft pillow, and a good-night wish offer the best way to fall asleep after all. Gaia Cornwall brings us a loving, humorous story for even the most energetic of bedtime listeners.

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Kirkus Reviews

A sweet, playful bedtime story with animal appeal.


A sweet tale for sweet dreams.

Publishers Weekly

Bedtime delays abound in this book centering a young animal lover. While a child envisions snoozing as different creatures do, a parent patiently attempts to wind things down as another adult tends to an infant. "Maybe I could sleep upside down like... a bat! They hold on with their feet and hang down from branches," says the brown-skinned, rosy-cheeked child, portrayed in red footie pj's among a colony of bats. "My little bat, it's time to calm our bodies down," replies tan-skinned, short-haired Mama. Cycling through koalas, sea otters, piglets, puffins, whales, and emperor penguins, the story integrates notable facts about the featured critters' nocturnal habits, while pencil and watercolor illustrations finished digitally show the child cozying up with friendly wildlife pals who seem similarly disinclined to settle. After a smooth segue by Mama that emphasizes a loving parent-child relationship, the book reaches a snuggly conclusion that sets the stage for sweet animal dreams.

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The premise is simple, yet Cornwall's digitally colored pencil and watercolor art renders these gentle fantasies of wild animal slumber tremendously effective. . . . An aesthetic and inclusive picture book, this makes a charming bedtime reverie. —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

Gaia Cornwall
Gaia Cornwall loves to write and illustrate for children. She is the author-illustrator of Jabari Jumps, her debut picture book, which was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book and an American Library Association Notable Children's Book, as well as its follow-up, Jabari Tries. Gaia Cornwall lives in Vermont.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
May 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV002000 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | General
JUV060000 - Juvenile Fiction | LGBT
Library of Congress categories
Sleep behavior
Picture books

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