Saturday, December 7, 2013

Shadows In My Room & What’s That Noise?

At bedtime, many young children become anxious and have difficulty falling asleep.  A fear of the dark is a common fear among children, who imagine various dangers concealed by darkness.  Children who dread being left alone in their bedrooms at night may request story after story at bedtime, because they don't want to be left alone in the dark.  Shadows In My Room & What's That Noise?: Bedtime Stories by Linda Weaver Clarke is a book that will be released the third week of December (although it's available now on Amazon).  It's comprised of two stories that address specific fears that many young children have at night.

In the first story, Shadows In My Room, a young girl named Kayla wants to be as brave as her brother, Adam, but she becomes nervous at night.  She's scared of the shadows she sees outside of her window, and inside of her room.  Mama comes in to reassure Kayla.  She's loving and doesn't belittle her daughter.  Mama also talks about the power of imagination.

In the second story, What's That Noise?, a young girl named Amber hears a "spooky sound" outside.  She considers going into her brother Cameron's room for safety, but then she hears it again, and cries out for her mother.  Mama comes into Amber's bedroom and they talk about the sounds they hear.  She spends time with her daughter, and offers her imaginative explanations and reassurance. 

Both of these sweet bedtime stories will appeal to children, especially to those who become fearful when darkness falls. The stories are not too long or too short--they seem just about right for reading before bedtime or naptime.  Shadows In My Room & What's That Noise? is only 29 pages long.  A parent or other caregiver could read one story and save the second one for the next time, or read both of them at once if time permits.  I read these on my iPad mini, which makes a nifty eReader.  The author's husband, George Ames Clarke, helped design the book, which features illustrations by Matthew Cole.  The cheerful, bright colors and cartoons will appeal to children and their parents.  These gentle stories offer comfort at bedtime, and should help children to fall asleep and have sweet dreams.

Thanks to author Linda Weaver Clarke for sharing her wonderful new book with me.  Kid Konnection is hosted each Saturday by Booking Mama.  If you'd like to participate, simply post about a children's book (picture, middle grade, or young adult), and stop by Booking Mama to add your post to the Mister Linky.

Your comments are welcomed.


  1. Those sounds lovely - my kids deal with fear of the dark intermittently, so I'm always looking for something good to read them to make the dark feel more friendly.

    1. Elizabeth, I think this book will ease their fears. Thanks for your comment! :)

  2. Cute books, Suko. Nice to know about this Saturday kids' books meme!

    Book Dilettante

  3. I love that these stories tackle kids' fears head on. This sounds like a terrific book!

  4. I remember joyfully this time of my life, when every nignt I read a book to my children before they fell asleep ! Have anice week, Suko !

  5. I have heard of these new ones by Linda Weaver Clarke. Very cute!

  6. This is a great idea for children's stories, I think that reading about things that are frightening in the dark and how the young folk deal with them can be really comforting.

  7. Thank you, Susan, for this wonderful review. I appreciate it beyond words. I originally wrote these stories for my grandchildren. After a few years, I decided to share it with others. Thank you once again.

    1. Linda, thank you for sharing these perfect bedtime stories with me!

  8. My son's afraid of the dark. This book sounds perfect for addressing this fear. That's part of the reason I still read to my kids. It's such a safe routine!

  9. Such wonderfully colourful covers, they make me, an adult want to dive in so I can only imagine how delightful a child would find them.


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