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by Nikki Grimes and Elizabeth Zunon  


It's bedtime. But Mommy's little one is not sleepy.


He growls like a bear, he questions like an owl, he tosses his mane like a lion. He hunts for water like a sly wolf, and hides like a snake.


Mommy needs to wrangle her sweet creature in bed so that the whole family can sleep. From tigers to squirrels to snakes, the little boy dodges around his bedtime, until he is tired enough to finally sleep. His imaginative animal friends weave their way through the illustrations, eventually joining him in curling up for the night.


For those seeking children's books about diversity, this loving depiction of everyday shenanigans is sure to become a bedtime favorite. Bedtime for Sweet Creatures is an African American children's book that celebrates imagination, playful moments, and the love between a Black mother and child.

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

SKU: 9781492638322
$17.99 Regular Price
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  • New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, among many others. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Find her at

    Elizabeth Zunon grew up in West Africa and now lives Albany, NY where she draws, paints, collages, sews, silkscreens, makes jewelry, and ponders the endless possibilities of chocolate. Her work is largely influenced by the people, places, and things from her childhood in the Ivory Coast as the product of two cultures. Visit her at

  • ISBN-13: 9781492638322
    Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
    Publish Date: January 2020
    Page Count: 32
    Reading Level: Ages 3-6

    - Juvenile Fiction Bedtime & Dreams
    - Imagination & Play
    - People & Places - United States - African-American

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