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Ira Sleeps Over (Ira)

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Ira Sleeps Over
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 13th 1975 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1948)
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I loved, loved, LOVED, this book as a kid! I recently found a copy at a library sale and read it again and, guess what? I still love, love, LOVE it! Even now my mom could recite the book almost word for word, which I think proves how much it was requested when I was growing up.

Ira has been invited over to his best friend Reggie's house for a sleep over. Ira's first ever!
Everything is great until Ira's sister asks him if he's going to take his teddy. Ira says that of course he's not taking his te
Lisa Vegan
Nov 20, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids nervous about a sleepover or concerned about peer pressure in any way; teddy bear fans
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
This story and its pictures work in wonderful concert together. I loved them both. This book is utterly charming, funny, and sweet. It really gets parent-child, sibling, and child friendship relationships. It’s just adorable. And I think it’s wonderful to read one to one or to groups, for independent readers too, just for fun or when there is any issue of peer pressure, and it’s an ideal book to read before a first or any fraught with anxiety sleepover. It’s also a wonderful book for fans of ted ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I remember my grandmother reading Ira Sleeps Over to me as a child and I wanted to read it again because I had honestly forgotten what it was about. After reading this book again today I remember why she liked it so much. Although this book seems just a little outdated by today’s standards, it’s still a fun story with a cute message. I think this book would be appropriate to read to any child who may be nervous about attending their first sleepover. I think a lot of children reach a point in mid ...more
Dec 04, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
My daughter and I read this book last night (we've read it a few times before, too), and I read it years ago as an older child. My parents actually gave the book to my brother when he turned three, and there, inside the front cover, is a very sweet inscription. This book is about -- among other things -- the teasing that big sisters can inflict on little brothers (which neither I nor my brother know anything about), and the struggles between growing up and holding on to childhood comforts. As an ...more
Ashley Lester
Feb 08, 2017 Ashley Lester rated it it was amazing
Shelves: educ-378-spring
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There have been several times in my life when I was embarrassed and felt as though I didn't fit in. This story reminds me so much of myself when I was a little girl. Ira who's going to a sleepover wants to take his teddy bear to a sleep over but, doesn't know what the other kids will think of him. As a little girl, I was always judged for being dark skinned and didn't quite understand why people judged others for many things. This is a great book to use as a teaching tool for both te
*The Angry Reader*
Jan 17, 2017 *The Angry Reader* rated it liked it
Shelves: school
It was kinda cute. But old fashioned theme.
Nov 27, 2012 Katharine rated it liked it
"Ira Sleeps Over" is a cute book about a little boy who is excited to sleep over at his friend, Reggie's, house for the very first time. His only problem is, he's not sure if he should bring his teddy bear because he doesn't know how Reggie will feel about it. His sister of course is being hard on him and saying that Reggie will make fun and call him a baby, while his parents are saying the opposite. In the end, Ira goes over without his bear, but later after telling scary stories Reggie gets ou ...more
Aug 27, 2010 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
On a whim, I pulled this book off the shelf to read to 2nd grade. I hadn't read it in years and years, and I'm not even sure why it came to mind, but I am happy to say that I was surprised at how much the kids enjoyed it. They paid close attention, got a little exasperated at the way Ira kept changing his mind about taking his teddy bear to Reggie's house (I kept hearing little sighs and comments like, "Just take it!"), and openly shared about the stuffed animal(s) they sleep with. I had a lot o ...more
Traci Bold
Mar 16, 2016 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
Typical older sister picking on the younger brother for his first sleepover at a friends. Poor Ira, is excited about staying over at his friends house until his sister gets him to thinking about how big a baby he would seem if he took his teddy bear with him. He is tormented repeatedly by her words.

Author/illustrator Bernard Waber captures this childhood dilemma with panache. The illustrations are engaging and the story well thought out.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Feb 09, 2010 Luann rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2010
A perfect read-aloud that will be completely understood by every child who has ever slept over at a friend's house. I love the family interactions shown here. Poor Ira has quite the sister! In the beginning, I didn't like the illustrations, but as I continued reading, I felt that they fit really well with the story. I love how Ira's friend Reggie refuses to talk about teddy bears - until he absolutely has to!
Oct 19, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a great story to prepare youngsters for their first sleepover. Although our girls are still too young for it, I like that Ira's first sleepover is just next door, so he is able to go home if need arises. I also like the sibling angst between Ira and his sister; it provides a good opportunity to start a conversation about peer pressure and bossy older siblings. Overall, it's a great story to read aloud to children, especially at bedtime.
Kaylie Faucette
Sep 10, 2008 Kaylie Faucette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book deals with the real problems of big sisters and bringing a teddy bear to a sleep over. It is so cute and funny and will make you laugh out loud. Students will be engaged while reading or listening to this book.
Caroline Ackerman
Feb 11, 2017 Caroline Ackerman rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorites when I was younger, and I still love it today. Our protagonist, Ira, has been invited to sleep over at his friend Reggie's house, and is struggling with whether or not to take his teddy bear along. He's worried that Reggie will laugh, and his sister agrees that it would be babyish to take it, so he leaves it behind. The night of the sleepover, Reggie tells a ghost story, and he and Ira both get a little scared. Reggie gets up, opens a drawer, and pulls out his own te ...more
Feb 16, 2017 Cath rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed reading this to my kids. The author has a great sense of humor and a wonderful understanding of children. Love the interaction with the older sister, especially when Ira stands up to her. Love the illustrations and message. I do think the book goes a little long thus the 4 instead of five stars. Perfect for kids who worry about their first night away.
Mar 15, 2017 Jeannie rated it it was amazing
Great book, wonderful illustrations that were so detailed - loved the way the mom and dad interacted with Ira and yet were doing their own things.
Chatashia Brown
Nov 28, 2016 Chatashia Brown rated it it was amazing
friendship, fear, bear, comfort
Steve Holden
Jan 01, 2017 Steve Holden rated it it was amazing
My attempt this year on Goodreads is to challenge myself in personal reading and to update my collection of reviews as a primary age teacher. My goal is to review a picture book every day. We'll see how it goes, but I'm going to try. The hope is to be a blend of classics, new books I seek out, ones I use as a teaching tool, and some just for fun.

I begin the New Year with a review of my all-time favorite. I've described this one as my "forever book" to students. I first discovered Ira Sleeps Ove
A good one to teach kids that it's okay to like what they like or do what they need to do, and not to care what others may say.
Sep 18, 2014 Rhayne rated it it was amazing
No matter our age, human beings have a want and need to be accepted by their peers. Often questioning if something is too childish or “uncool” for that age group or social level, we change to ourselves to better fit in with our friends/peers. Packing childhood into boxes hidden in the backs of closets as adults, we leave childhood intact at home in our journey to college, hiding our action figures and dolls in adolescence and as children young we question whether or not to bring out teddy bear. ...more
Samantha Westphal
Jan 24, 2016 Samantha Westphal rated it it was amazing
I read “Ira Sleeps Over”, by Bernard Waber. I rated this book a 5 because it was really good and brought back memories of when I used to sleep over my friend’s house and always had to take something with me, even if I was scared of what they would say about it.
The book starts off with a little boy telling us that he is going to sleep over at his friend’s house later on that night. He was so excited. His sister then asked him if he was going to take his teddy bear with him to sleep with like he d
Caitlin Lawler
Having never been to a sleepover before Ira was invited to his friend Reggie's house for just that. Ira had one problem that his sister brought up, whether or not to bring the teddy bear along because he had never had a night without it. He tried hard at first not to worry about it but like any child who slept with a teddy bear he was having conflicting ideas about leaving it behind. Both of Ira’s parents insisted he take the teddy bear but Ira was worried what his friend would think of him. And ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Nichole rated it it was amazing
Ira has a problem! A somewhat big problem. Ira is going to sleep over her friends Reggie’s, she has never slept over a friend’s house before but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that she has never slept without her teddy bear, Tah Tah, and she didn’t know if she should bring it because she didn’t know what Reggie would say. “Should I take him?” she asked. Her mother and father responded by saying “Take him”, “He won’t laugh”. Her sister would respond and say, “He’ll laugh”, “Reggie will ...more
Cindy Sa
Feb 20, 2014 Cindy Sa rated it it was amazing
Ira Sleeps Over
This is a funny stroy about two little boys. They are Ira and Reggie. Both of them were very afraid of the laughing. Because they have a habit about sleeping with the teddy bear. Maybe in their mind, they were old enough to sleep without teddy bear. If one of them is still sleeping with teddy bear, another of them will laugh him. I think it is a strange thought for these two little boys. They are so young, but their minds like adults.
In this book, it mainly described Ira’s mental
Robin Gaphni
May 30, 2009 Robin Gaphni rated it it was amazing
Sleeping over at a friend's house for the first time is a major milestone in childhood that is often marked by a little anxiety. In Ira Sleeps Over, Bernard Waber manages to capture that anxiety with a lot of humor and very real family interactions (supportive mom and dad, not so supportive older sister).

The book opens when Ira is invited to his best friend Reggie's house for a sleepover. It's the first time he's slept away from his parents, and he's thrilled. That is until his sister asks him i
Bianca Arias
Dec 04, 2014 Bianca Arias rated it really liked it
In Ira Sleeps Over, Bernard Waber takes readers on the adventure of Ira's very first sleep over. Ira was very excited to spend the night at her friend Reggie's house until his sister brought up a very important issue: whether or not to bring his teddy bear. Ira had never slept without it before and did not know what it would be like to sleep without it. He wanted to bring his teddy bear and his parents encouraged him to, but his sister said that Reggie would tease him for it. Ira was with Reggie ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Ira Sleep Over by Bernard Waber is an adorable story about a young boy who just got invited to his first sleepover. He is very excited until his sister brings up his teddy bear. "Don't you think Reggie will laugh?" his sister taunts. This really got Ira thinking. Would his friend laugh at him? Ira goes back and forth throughout the first half of the book, debating on whether or not to take his teddy bear to his very first sleepover. He ends up leaving him at home and heads right next door to Reg ...more
Katie Hanrahan
Sep 17, 2014 Katie Hanrahan rated it really liked it
In Ira Sleeps Over, Bernard Waber takes readers on the adventure of Ira's first sleep over. Ira was very excited to spend the night at Reggie's house until his sister brought up a very important issue: whether or not to bring his teddy bear. Ira had never slept without it before and did not know what it would be like to sleep without it. He wanted to bring his teddy bear and his parents encouraged him to, but his sister said that Reggie would tease him for it. Ira was with Reggie, discussing the ...more
Oh the excitement of staying over your best friend's house. Both of you have you guys whole day/night planned out; so you just can't wait. But wait there is just one twist, this is your very firt time away from home. As you are packing your overnight bag, you are trying to decide what and what not to take. Suddenly, you come across your favorite toy or blanket, or may be you want to take your night light (just in case), and you are wondering, "will my friend think I'm baby if I bring this along? ...more
Paige Cook
Sep 16, 2014 Paige Cook rated it it was ok
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber is about a little boy going to his first sleepover! He gets to stay at his friend Reggie’s! Ira sleeps with a teddy bear every night, but this night he’s not going to. His parents tell him he should bring it, but his sister thinks his friend, Reggie, will laugh at him. He debates back and forth whether he should bring it and finally decides he’s not bringing it. That night he went to Reggie’s and before long it was bedtime. Reggie was telling ghost stories and th ...more
Chasity Harrison
Jan 27, 2016 Chasity Harrison rated it it was amazing
Ira is sleeping over Reggie’s house for the first time. He is very excited until his sister convinces him that Reggie will laugh at him, if he brings his teddy bear Tah Tah with him. Although, Ira’s parents reassured him that Reggie would not laugh at his teddy bear, he decided not to take him. Later that day Ira met Reggie, Reggie began to tell Ira the plans for the sleep over. Ira was still unsure about bringing Tah Tah, so he asked Reggie how he felt about teddy bears. Reggie ignored the ques ...more
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Bernard Waber was the youngest in a creative family. At age 8, he ushered in a movie theater after school, so he often saw only the last ten minutes of a movie. He made a game of inventing beginnings and middles. When he returned from a tour of duty in World War II, he entered the Philadelphia College of Art. With a diploma and a new wife, he traveled to New York City, where he began working for t ...more
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