Fine, One More Story

You take sleep seriously. Very seriously.

If your brood’s bedtime routine is strictly by the book, check out Little Shop of Stories’s picks for lullaby lit.

Babes and Tots
It’s all about the reassuring rhymes of a comforting story. Board books like Mike Jolley’s I’ll See You in the Morning or Sandra Boynton’s Pajama Time will lull them to la-la land in record time.

The Preschool Pack
The amazing artwork of Andrew Daddo’s Goodnight, Me and Nancy Tillman’s It’s Time to Sleep, My Love makes for perfect picture books. If you’re looking for something to address peculiar predicaments, snatch up Helen Cooper’s The Boy Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed or Jim Averbeck’s In a Blue Room.

Big Kids
Looking for a chapter book chockful of humor, life lessons, and dramatic dialogue (for parents with a penchant for performance)? Try Dodger and Me, by Jordan Sonnenblick; National Book Award winner The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall; or Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book for something spooky.

Read it and sleep.

Available at Little Shop of Stories, 133a East Court Square, Decatur (404-373-6300 or

This Week in Atlanta!

Harry Potter Film Marathon

What: Celebrate the Half-Blood Prince’s release with this free film fest.
Why: It’s a party for Potterfiles.
When: Wed., noon-5:45 p.m.
Where: Peachtree Branch Library, 1315 Peachtree St., mtg. rm., Midtown (404-885-7830).

Playhouse Jr. Camp

What: One-week theater day camp (for rising third, fourth, and fifth graders) culminates in a Friday performance of Aesop’s Fables.
Why: Helps develop characters.
When: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Curtain Call Place, 2800 Canton Rd., ste. 600, Marietta. Info at 770-973-4566.

Alice in Wonderland

What: Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of a girl’s journey into a magical world.
Why: Take a trip down the rabbit hole.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.
Where: Georgia Shakespeare, 4484 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven (404-264-0020).

Georgia Shakespeare
4484 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
Peachtree Branch Library
1315 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30309