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 washington, d.c.!

The Thanksgiving Story

What: Listen to Glee Mania’s Miss Sue recount the history of the holiday, and then stroll through Frying Pan Farm Park (ages 2 and up).
Why: Show your little pilgrim it’s not just about mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
When: Fri., 11 a.m.
Where: 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon (703-437-9101). Adults and children, $4.

Holly TrolleyFest

What: Check out miniature trains chugging along a festive track and hang with Santa.
Why: Carve out some time for a streetcar ride (sorry, no stops at the North Pole).
When: Sat.-Dec. 18. Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum, Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Colesville (301-384-6088). Museum admission, adults and children, $4; under 2, free; museum admission with trolley ride, adults, $7; children, $5.

Christmas at Mount Vernon

What: Watch a chocolate-making demonstration, take a peek at the gingerbread house, and tour George Washington’s decked-out digs.
Why: Who needs Rudolph when Aladdin the camel is in town?
When: Fri.-Jan. 6, 2012. Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon (703-780-2000). Adults and children 12 and up, $15; children, $7; under 6, free.

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

Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 W Ox Rd
Herndon, VA 20171
3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22309
National Capital Trolley Museum
1313 Bonifant Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20905