Touch the Brightest Star
written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
2015 (Greenwillow Books)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Close your eyes and breathe in deeply.
Nod your head if you feel sleepy.
Nonfiction as a toddler bedtime story? Got one right here. Each rhyming two page spread progressively takes the reader from sunset to sunrise. Readers are encouraged to participate physically with the book. In the beginning, you are asked to "wave good-bye" to the sun. Fireflies show up to be pressed and light up the sky. Create a breeze by blowing and pat a deer that is wandering by. Touch the sky and a star appears. Find the brightest star and make a wish. Trace the Big and Little Dippers with your finger and rub an owl's head before sending them off to bed. Now close your eyes because you are getting sleepy too.
Touch the Brightest Star is a great way to cap the day with a toddler. The interactivity of the book will be a big hit. Just be prepared to do everything in order and don't you dare skip a step. Your toddler will call you on the carpet. The illustrations are beautiful and will lead to discussions about animals and the stars. Information in the back matter will further illuminate those discussions.
This book is an excellent companion to Matheson's Tap the Magic Tree. I will warn you that you may need to buy two copies because one of them will be loved to pieces.