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The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town

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A delightful book to read out loud with children who are just learning their ABCs.

It's sleepy time in Alphabet Town. But the twenty-six little letters of the alphabet all have something they need--or want--to do before BIG-letter moms and dads tuck them in. Not since the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom has there been such an appealing way to teach the youngest child the A
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Abigail
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Whimsical Bedtime & Alphabet Books
With its rhyming text and quirky cast of letters, The Sleepy Little Alphabet is strongly reminiscent of Bill Martin's classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom , although Sierra's narrative sees the lowercase alphabet preparing for bed, rather than heading for the coconut tree: "It's sleepytime in Alphabet Town. / As moms and dads run round and round, / the little letters skitter-scatter, / helter-skelter - what's the matter?" What begins in chaos ends in contentment, of course, as the little letters a ...more
RH Walters
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So many little letters need to get to sleep! We liked seeing a bunch of zonked-out letters and how they're dealing with their tiredness, often with items that begin with the same letter as them. My favorite illustration is "Q" being quiet as a bunny drawing a "Q" in her notebook while curled on her quilt, followed closely by "T" tucking in her teddy bear near her tea pot while her parents are near an old-fashioned telephone, looking rather tired themselves. "U" hurling off her underwear is prett ...more
Mara Loventhal
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Sleepy Little Alphabet
Author: Judy Sierra
Illustrator : Melissa Sweet
Genre: Alphabet Book
Theme(s): Rhyming, Bedtime, Alphabet
Opening line/sentence: Its sleepy time in Alphabet Town. As moms and dads run round and round.
Brief Book Summary: This book is a great book for children who are learning the alphabet. Throughout the story each letter of the alphabet is getting ready for bed. At the end of the book all of the letters are in their beds.
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Samantha N
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alphabet
1.N/A

2.Pre Kindergarten- 1st

3. This delightful read-aloud book is a witty narrative that features the alphabet in a relatable bedtime-themed composition. Sweet’s storyline features lowercase letters representing children playfully avoiding bedtime routines, while the uppercase letters symbolized as parents are trying to tuck their children into bed. This book is an excellent compilation of illustrations and creative rhythms that children can repeat as the teacher reads along. The expressive fea
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Abby Everson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
It went through nighttime routines of going to bed alongside the letters. It showed bath time, and bouncing on the bed. It illustrated how kids have such high energy before bed. A lot of the illustrations were the parents trying to get the abc's into bed and it showed different scenes from around the house.

I thought it was so precious for young children. I enjoyed the illustrations because the edges of an object looked like it was drawn with pencils but then the rest is a watercolor type of ill
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Krista Lockwood
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alphabet
Awards- none

Grade Level- Pre-K to first

This book is full of letters that have to go to bed. The book goes through the entire alphabet showing the Moms and Dads (capital letters) getting their children(the lower case letters) to bed. The entire book shows how the alphabet gets ready for bed. Each letter is doing something different or silly.

The Sleepy Little Alphabet is a great bedtime story. This book could also be read in the classroom to get children familiar with the alphabet. The illustratio
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Agilar Janeet
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town. Sierra, Judy. Illus. Melissa Sweet. New York: Knopf, 2009. The age range is 2-5 years old and genre is alphabet picture book. The purpose of the book is to recognized the alphabet letters on a bedtime theme for young children. The Book’s story is about sleepytime in Alphabet Town. The capitals letters who represent the parents are helping their children that are the lower letters to get ready for bed. The images of the book are crea ...more
Lindsey Rakich
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, abc
Awesome find! Such a fun read. This book is a great book for children who are learning the alphabet. Throughout the story each letter of the alphabet is getting ready for bed. At the end of the book all of the letters are in their beds ready to fall asleep. The illustrator’s blocky letters sport pop-eyes and toothy grins. Once I realized the premise of the story, I was pulled in. I love that the uppercase version of the letters are the 'Mommys and Daddys' while the lowercase version of the lette ...more
Helen Zhang
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alphabet
Grade Levels = Pre-K

Summary:
It’s time for bed but the letters are still wide awake. Each letter is doing everything but sleeping. B still needs a bath and K won’t go to sleep without a kiss. Eventually all the letters go to bed.

Review:
Great story for children to follow and recall later. The illustrations are colorful and playful along with the words for each letter. Children can see the letter and the corresponding word on the page and that will help them with fluency in the future when they s
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Carol Dysard
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alphabet
1. Awards: None
2. Grade level(s): Pre-K – 1st
3. Original summary: Alphabet Town is a bustling urban area where lowercase letters begin to wind down their day and settle down for bedtime. The little letters have unique personalities and their pre-bedtime attitudes comprise of: excitement, mischievousness, crankiness and complacency. As the book draws to an end, all the letters are fast asleep.
4. Original review: This cute little board book presents upper and lowercase letters in a role that chi
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Darlene Pasquale
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alphabet
1) no awards
2) appropriate grade levels - Pre K - Kindergarten
3) Summary - This story explores words beginning with each letter of the alphabet. It also tells the story of the “baby” letters not wanting to go to bed at bedtime. The perfect end of the night story to read to a child.
4) Review - I think that this story is a fun, relatable way for a child to explore the alphabet. Many children don’t like bedtime, just like the character letters in the story. I also think it’s a smart concept to l
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Fatima Siddiqi
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abc-books
The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra is absolutely phenomenal. From the moment I realized the premise of the story, I was drawn in. I LOVE the fact that the uppercase version of the letters are the 'Mommys and Daddys' while the lowercase version of the letters are the baby letters. The playful rhyme scheme of the story was engaging and kept me turning the page constantly. The illustrations were gorgeous and truly made the letters come to life and have a personality. I thoroughly enjoyed thi ...more
Anastasia Pavlides
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alphabet
1. There are no awards receive for this book.
2. PreK-Kindergarten
3. This book is a bed time story for kids who are learning the alphabet. This book features the lowercase letters of the alphabet.
4. I like this book as it uses every letter of the alphabet in a fun sentence for kids to enjoy.
5. I would use this in my classroom when teaching letter recognition and learning the alphabet.
Jenny
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute book that goes through the alphabet. In the story, it goes through what each baby letter needs before they go to bed, and to keep the children interested there are funny rhymes that will make the kids smile. I gave this book 5 stars because it has a lot of cute rhymes that I really enjoyed, but my kids at work really enjoyed this book as well, when I played the audio for them during nap time. They enjoyed it so much that they have asked me to play it again for them. My children at ...more
Sue Poduska
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
All the emotions of bedtime, in an alphabet.
Juliana Lee
Sweet and funny. The capital letters round up their little ones and tuck them in for the night.
Ginny Daniels
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adorable, rhyming, bedtime, alphabet book! Great for alliteration, rhyming words, and letter recognition.
Angela
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Adorable! Loved that the kids are all lower case letters and the grown ups are upper case.
Susan
Cute pictures as each letter is getting ready for bed and fun rhyming text.
Luke
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
At the time I read this, I wasn't too interested in the alphabet. I may be interested in it now though because I am beginning to recognize the alphabet. ...more
Kimberly
Honestly, this feels like a bedtime ripoff of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. The rhythm is even the same in some parts.
Monica Loftus
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Creative way to teach kids their letters/alphabet
Diana Pettis
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Great read aloud for toddlers and preschoolers.
Colorado Buck
loved it. the letters are all going to sleep and there are obstacles starting with their letters. cute.
Kelly
Fun alphabet book.
Allyson Goose
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute and funny. Lots of nice extra surprises to find for kids who know what sounds the letters make, so both my preschooler and kindergartener enjoy it.
Kaydee
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Who uses the words "helter skelter" in a preschool book? ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
None of the baby alphabet letters (lower case) want to go to bed. The parents (upper case letters) run around after them. This story is told in fun rhyme with creative busy illustrations. Children will enjoy the alphabet antics.
Jessica
I have to admit I am not a fan of some of the adjectives used to describe the alphabet “children.” However, the alliteration is pretty good and the illustrations are cute.
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