Good Night Sleep Tight

Back in my teaching days, by far the most outstanding professional development workshop I went to was presented by Mem Fox. She was an absolutely charming presenter, full of helpful advice, (from her own days of teaching and her experience as a children’s writer), funny stories and anecdotes. But the most overwhelming emotion I walked away from the seminar that day was with an increased passion for quality literature and reading aloud to children.

I had already long been a fan of Mem Fox’s children’s books. I had also read her book for adults, “Reading Magic”. (Which is well worth a read if you want to also be inspired by the importance of reading aloud to your child and how to do it well.) But it is always so inspiring when you listen to someone who is eloquent and passionate about their topic.

When I was contacted and given a copy of her latest book, (although, if you read here you’ll discover she actually wrote this story awhile back), I was very enthusiastic to host a giveaway.

I was thrilled, upon reading the book, that “Good Night, Sleep Tight” contains well loved nursery rhymes. When I was teaching early childhood, I was often astonished how many children were not familiar with popular nursery rhymes and fairytales. After all, these classics are often early literacy at its best. Mem wrote this book, in response to a statistic stating that, “Children who know six nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four are usually in the top reading group by the age of eight.” So, to be on the safe side, “Good Night, Sleep Tight” contains seven rhymes. I think that statistic alone encourages me to keep reading this story, many, many more times!

“Good Night, Sleep Tight”, is full of Mem Fox and Judy Horacek magic. Bonnie and Ben are being put to bed by their very attentive favourite babysitter. He tells them a series of nursery rhymes that his mother taught him before insisting that they go to sleep. It is a story small children find compelling, full of repetition and bright colourful illustrations that capture the imagination. My own children have loved it, especially T-Star, who insisted I read it again immediately after I finish. The first time I read it to him, I continued to read it to him four times consecutively. (The only reason it wasn’t a read a fifth time was entirely to do with me declining the opportunity to do so.)

J Boy has been particularly interested in the prospect of giving away THREE copies of this book. He has accepted the position to be the official judge deciding who the books will be given too.

The judge and his sidekick.

So, if you would like to have a little fun and win a copy of “Good Night, Sleep Tight”, write us a rhyme telling my six year old something (it can be anything!) you have learned from your mother, or in the words of Skinny Doug, “I’ll tell you another I heard from my mother”. It need not be long, 2-4 lines should be sufficient, but it must be appealing to a six year old boy! Make sure you let me know your email address, so I can contact the winners on the 23rd of January. If I get no reply from you, I will choose another winner the next day. You must have an Australian mailing address in order to win.
***NB. This competition is now over.

And the back cover!

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  1. Way to go! I’ll tell you another I heard from my Mother – “It’s entirely acceptable to hit my brother, IF I allow him to hit me back”

  2. Don’t leave home without brushing your hair
    Don’t you know people will stare?
    And always wear clean underwear
    In this day and age, you must prepare!
    And don’t leave home without showing you care
    A kiss and a hug for that’s only fair
    I’m always around to ensure your welfare
    Because with mums, no one else can compare!

  3. My mummy taught me it’s oh so rude,
    To burp at the table when eating my food.
    She says to remember to chew it well first.
    But sometimes I feel like I’m going to burst!
    And when I HAVE to let that sneaky burp free,
    I will blame the dog….just like my daddy!!!

  4. My mother said to eat my greens
    Broccoli, spinach, peas & beans
    She said they’d make me big & strong
    Now I’m older I know she was wrong

    As a child I did what Mum said
    I ate my greens, I was well fed
    As an adult, I’m not real big
    And I’m only strong enough to break a twig

    What went wrong, how can this be?
    My Mum was wrong I now can see
    I’m not big & strong, Mum may have lied
    But I AM healthy now, and feel good inside

    Our Mums sometimes say things that don’t seem right
    But they always have our best interests in sight
    So listen carefully to what your Mum might say
    It will serve you well & you may say it too one day!

  5. Dear little child
    It’s no surprise, you see,
    That once swallowed gum will always be
    In your tummy.

    So with that in mind,
    Chew lots and lots, please.
    But never, never, never

    For if you do,
    Mummy will tell all kinds
    of stories and you will find
    That “good” is now your middle name.


    (I just did this for fun. :o)

  6. My Mum always told me:

    Books are so much fun
    There is something for everyone.

    I will add to that for your 6 year old:

    Books are so much fun
    There is something for everyone
    Lots of crafty books for Mum
    Books for Dad on counting fun
    Grandma has a book on making a yummy bun
    Grandpa has one for making his own rum
    My sister reads hers lying on her tum
    My brothers read books while on the run
    And I have a counting book that starts at number one.

    So grab a book
    find a nook

    1. When attending “Nannas for Manners” training camp Nana always remind my six year old boy:

      “Be a sweetie
      Lift the seatie”

  7. Always tell mum you love her
    Always kiss her goodnight
    Cause when you’re big and you’re strong
    You’ll know she was right xx

  8. This didn’t really come from my mother but did come from a mother ….. ME ….. I made it up and as a mother a mother of teenagers ……. it’s the little things!

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