Five New Books for Bedtime

Bedtime Books You'll Both Enjoy

marcel the shell with shoes on book!

As if you didn’t already look forward to bedtime, five new books you’ll want to read — with or without your kids.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp
Marcel the Shell (a YouTube phenom with more than 12 million views) tries out life as a children’s picture book protagonist. The dreamlike illustrations and his quirky personality (his dog is a piece of lint) make him one of our favorite kid lit newcomers.

The Listeners/These Train Tracks, by Breathe Owl Breathe
From the band Breathe Owl Breathe comes a children’s book that time forgot. A canvas-covered volume features two stories illustrated by reproductions of woodcut prints that start at each end of the book and meet in the middle, where you’ll find a seven-inch record of both narratives recorded as indie-folk songs.

birdie’s big girl dress!Birdie’s Big-Girl Dress, by Sujean Rim
DailyCandy’s illustrator emeritus publishes her second children’s book about a precocious little girl who likes to dress up. It’s the perfect bedtime tale for moms and daughters who know their way around a dressing room.

Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers
Little Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, so naturally he throws his shoe up after it. When his shoe gets lodged in the branches too, an unexpected cast of projectiles (a cat, a ladder, a fire engine) follows. Read-out-loud fun at its best.

eli, no!Eli, No, by Katie Kirk
Try to resist the bold graphic illustrations in Kirk’s debut children’s book. But it’s the toddler tough-love lesson — “No!” doesn’t mean we love you any less — that has us stealing one last snuggle before lights out.

this week in atlanta!

Fantasy in Lights

What: Pile the gang in the car or hop on the Jolly Trolley to ooh and aah at the twinkling scenes.
Why: More than 8 million bulbs make for serious sparkle.
When: Thru Dec. 30. Daily, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Callaway Gardens, just south of State Hwy. 354, at U.S. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain (706-663-2281). Tickets at 800-225-5292 or online at showclix.com. Adults and teens, $16-$22 in advance/$25 at the door; children 6-12, $8-$11 in advance/$12.50 at the door; under 6, free.

The Astor Holiday Ice Skating Rink

What: Go for a few laps, and then check out the giant gingerbread house in the lobby.
Why: S’mores and a fire await your snow bunny.
When: Wed.-Jan. 3, 2012. Mon.-Fri., noon-9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: The St. Regis Atlanta, 88 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead. Reservations (recommended) to 404-563-7797. Adults, $30/hour; children, $18/hour.

Sweet & Savory Saturday

What: Learn about Southern foods and traditions at the Y’all Come Eat exhibit.
Why: Even tastier? Snack on classic holiday candies made by volunteers.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot St., Marietta (770-794-5710). Adults, $7; children, $5; under 6, free.

Photos: Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers; Courtesy of Little, Brown Books; Courtesy of Abrams Books

Marietta Museum of History
1 Depot St
Marietta, GA 30060
88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
17800 US Hwy 27
Pine Mountain, GA 31822