Bedtime Story & Study: The House in the Night

hosue in the night2BEDTIME STORY: The House in the Night, by Susan Swanson

“Winner of the 2009 Caldecott Medal. A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers – a key, a bed, the moon – this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.”  –


Little Kids – This is a CIRCLE  STORY, the book ends where it began.  Draw a circle and talk through what happened first, second, third, next, finally, etc. (use great transition words) as your child moves his or her finger around the circle.  How much can he or she remember in sequence?

ASK:  Why are some illustrations black and white and some yellow?

SUPER SIMPLE:  Point out “nighttime things” in the book and then think of some more that are not in the book.

Big Kids-  Crayon Etching ( )

CHALLENGE:  Compare & Contrast The House in the Night with one of the books mentioned in the author’s notes at the end of the book.  Do this through rich conversation or use a Venn Diagram if you want to take it a step further.  How were the two books different and how were they the same?

Venn Diagram link




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