Tip Tip Dig Dig, by Emma Garcia, is a simple yet memorable story of the construction of a playground by a few popular construction vehicles. The simplicity of the text, the “mystery” of the story, and the unique construction of the images will make Tip Tip Dig Dig a favorite good night read. For a parent, this story fulfills two unique requirements for a good bedtime story.
Most children are familiar with the farm. It’s a default setting for children’s stories, as it provides a place to talk about animals, people, and farm equipment. However, Margaret Wise Brown, in her story Big Red Barn with pictures by Felicia Bond, chose to focus solely on the animals (and one big red barn, of course), starting with a little pink pig. In fact, the only human-esque figure to appear in the story is “an old scarecrow…leaning on his hoe” in a farmer’s field. And it’s better that way.
Children often quickly come to understand how confusing that moment between awake and asleep can really be. Sadly, it is often the case that they find out the difference between dreams and the real world the hard way: by waking up, sweat drenched, from a terrible nightmare. But if a parent thinks ahead, they can get their child to think about that line between asleep and awake, or that hazy line between make believe and real. How, you may ask? By reading Two Little Trains, by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon.
All adults really need to hear is, “In the great green room, there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of—…” Chances are, they will remember Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, and illustrated by Clement Hurd. Treading through childhood memories, they catch a hint of that fabric softener that their mothers used to use especially for their bedding. They remember how much the stars in the windows looked like those designs on grandma’s highball glasses. But most of all, they recall the quiet and peaceful ending that this indispensible story provides.