Don’t Turn the Page! Book Activities


Don’t Turn the Page!
Rachelle Burk
Illustrated by Julie Downing

Don't Turn the Page

“Like most children, Sami puts off going to bed for as long as possible. But reading a story about Little Bear’s bedtime ritual inspires Sammy, just as the young reader will be inspired by this soothing story and clever book-within-a-book concept. A bedtime book that both parent and child will relish reading one more time, Don’t Turn the Page! features a surprise ending that reinforces the sense that it’s bedtime for everyone.”

This book is published by Creston Books. Check out their website for more information

The bedtime ritual is one that is familiar to parents everywhere. Reading books is one of my favorite ways to put my child to bed. Not only does it help the little one relax and get to sleep, it is also the beginning of building literacy skills. This book is sure to become a favorite in many homes. Rachelle Burk has some attractive coloring and book activities for Don’t Turn the Page on her website. Be sure to check it out.

Along with reading books we had many bedtime rituals. Starting with a bath, then reading books and once she was safely tucked into bed I would give her a list of “loves”. This consisted of going through the long list of people who loved her and being grateful her life was filled with so much love. Then her dad would come in and they would do their own version of  “Don’t let the bedbugs bite, I will see you in the morning light.” He would start “Don’t let the______…” and she would fill in the blank. It was particularly cute when her friends or cousins slept over and they would ask to participate, too. Doing these rituals every night helped bedtime go smoothly and also made sure that no matter how hectic the day had been, we always reconnected before we went to sleep.

Once all the rituals were done, she would always need to be surrounded by her favorite stuffed friends. So in honor of Don’t Turn the Page  we made our own Bedtime Buddies.

Make your own sweet smelling Bedtime Buddy to snuggle with while reading Don’t Turn the Page and it will soon be your child’s favorite stuffed friend!

Bedtime Buddies


You can find the instructions here.


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