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Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime | A Sneaky Bedtime Story for Reluctant Sleepers

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My kids have long since passed the “nighttime struggles” stage of life. Now they are all on out their own and likely still keeping ridiculous hours!

But for parents still in the toddler/early reader/ elementary stage of life,  PENGUIN & TINY SHRIMP DON’T DO BEDTIME! (Balzer + Bray | HarperCollins Publishers) is a delightful Bedtime Story for Reluctant Sleepers and a clever way to get kids to settle in for the night after their 147th request for a drink of water or a hug. This rambunctious picture book is written by Cate Berry with illustrations by up-and-coming artist Charles Santoso.

Penguin & Tiny Shrimp

Penguin & Tiny Shrimp definitely do NOT have a bedtime story to share with you (kids are loving this whole meta thing, right?). This book is full of CRASH BANG BOOM EXCITEMENT, DARING ADVENTURES, INCREDIBLE ESCAPADES! Their imaginations just run wild but if you’re lucky, it just might wear them out.

A Sneaky Bedtime Story for Reluctant Sleepers

Be forewarned…Penguin and Tiny Shrimp DO NOT have a bedtime story to share with you.

There are no soft beds or cozy covers here. There are fireworks! And shark-infested waters!!

This book will never make you sleepy. Not at all. Not even a little. . .

For fans of Jory John’s Goodnight Already! and Mo Willem’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, the exuberant personalities of our little pajama-clad friends jump off the page and into our hearts in this engaging read that kids (and adults) will adore.

Author Cate truly brings this book to life is the most comical of ways in her reading of Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime!

Cate Berry is a seventh generation Texan, splitting her time between the kitchen and the living room. She currently lives in Austin with her husband, their two children, and their kitten, Chopin. Although Penguin and Tiny Shrimp will try to convince you otherwise, Cate is an ardent fan of bedtime. Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime is her debut picture book. You can visit Cate online at can visit Cate online at

Charles Santoso loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreaming about funny, wondrous stories. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He is determined to find a Uni-Hippo one day. You can visit him at

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Did you love how the author the video above used her voice to showcase all the characters in the book (especially Tiny Shrimp and Penguin!)? We did too! Join Voice Over Expert, Sunday Muse, as she shares her expertise as a children’s voice acting coach in her lecture “Kids Voice Acting: How To Become a Cartoon Character.” By keeping it ‘active’ and projecting a larger than life image with their voices, children learn how to physicalize and vocalize the exaggerated sides of themselves to achieve their goals and create memorable characters while gaining self-esteem.

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Hygge for Kids

After a hectic day, most of us adults just fall collapse lie down gracefully into bed without much prep or thought. But kids are a different story. After a long day of constant activity, engaging with others and learning, many have trouble going from Big Engine to Quiet Engine. This is where gentle and consistent bedtime routines can help youngsters power down, switch gears and settle in for the night.

Being of Swedish descent, of course, I am drawn to Hygge. Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) is a Danish word that means something along the lines of enjoying cozy intimacy and feeling content in the moment. It’s about exploring and celebrating daily luxuries, and connecting in a mindful way with the people around you. It’s about comfort and kinship and coziness and this can translate to children as well. Play Everyday and Learn has some wonderful ways that they’ve brought the Danish concept of hygge into their home for the whole family to have a little bit of after school hygge time.

Hygge for kids

A Year in the Secret Garden

As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages is also an important act that will the habit of being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only working to create special family time, it allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences. A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book.

This delightful children’s book that is co-written by Marilyn Scott-Waters and Valarie Budyar and it offers original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden.

A Year in the Secret Garden

Within the 120 pages (with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities)families will find many activities inspired by The Secret Garden that encourages them to step away from technology and enjoy getting hands and feet into the black earth of a family garden. This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN!
A Year in the Secret Garden

Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!