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Book Review & Giveaway: Ready for Bed, Ready to Play & Ready for the Day by Stacey R. Kaye

Ready for Bed, Ready to Play & Ready for the Day by Stacey R Kaye illustrated by Elizabeth O Dulemba


Ready for Bed: Mommy says it’s time for bed, but Marco isn’t ready. “I don’t want to go to bed!” “I can see you’re disappointed,” Mommy says. “You were having fun.” Marco nods. He is disappointed.

Ready to Play: Emma has been waiting all day to play castle. “I’ll be the princess and you be the prince.” But Ryan has a different idea. “No, let’s place store!” Emma stomps her foot. “I don’t want to play store. It’s my house, and I say we play castle!” Mom helps Emma solve her problem. “It’s frustrating when you and your friend disagree, isn’t it?” She asks.

Ready for the Day: It’s morningtime, and Maya is still sleepy. “Good morning!” Daddy says. “Are you ready to start the day?” “Noooooo, “Maya whines. “I don’t want to go to school today. I want to stay home with you.” Daddy kneels down next to Maya. “I know just how you fee,” he says. “I wish we could spend the day together, too.

My Review: I had the opportunity to read all three books.  I love, love these books. Every parent has had or has a child who isn’t ready to go to bed, ready to play with others or ready for the day like going to school.

These books teach parents how to negotiate with their children when it is time for them to do any of the above. These are the type of books that would captivate any child helping them to express their feelings and how they talk. They will provide you with healthy, lasting solutions.

The author provided color coded dialogue in the books to help provide a positive parenting techniques like encouraging, co operation, validate feelings, offer choices and giving encouragement. These techniques are explained in details in the last couple of pages at the end of these books just for adults.

This is a must have series to make life easier for parents and their children. What a best way for a child to learn at an early age skills in resolving everyday struggles like getting ready for bed. If you are looking for ways to get through the day with your child I highly recommend you get the series. I promise you at the end of reading these books you will be stress free by putting the solutions to work for you and your child.  Elizabeth Dulemba did a wonderful illustration for these books with bold and cool colors which brings the books to life. A perfect gift for every parent!

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Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of these books in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Free Giveaway (US Only)

Free spirit Publishing will be giving 1 lucky winner a set of the series

Giveaway Ends 26th June @ 12 noon

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June 15, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , ,


  1. I was one of those kids who never wanted to stop playing and sometimes hated to go to bed! These book sound like ones my aunt could use-her children are just as difficult as I was when it came to sleeping, playing, etc…thank you for the giveaway! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

    Comment by krystal larson | June 15, 2011 | Reply

  2. I’m an email subscriber
    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

    This series appeals to me as a grandparent because due to my son’s marital issues I am doing a great deal of care for my grandkids, and I know I could deal better with their occasional whining, dissapointments & frustrations. I’d look forward to Stacey Kaye’s suggestions.

    Comment by Teresa Young | June 15, 2011 | Reply

  3. These are great books to teach kids about stopping, thinking, and doing what is next on the scheduale, even if it’s not exactly what they want. I am also an email subscriber!

    Comment by lisa w. | June 15, 2011 | Reply

  4. What valuable lessons these books are for both child and parent. Reading them as a parent to a child, we will be reminded that we need to treat our little people as people and to show them some respect. Sometimes that is hard to remember after working all day and then having to ‘work’ when we come home. And the covers are amazing so I am sure the content inside will captivate the youngsters and they will enjoy the stories and pictures. Thank you for the fabulous reviews! And thanks for this great giveaway!

    I am an email subscriber – suzebomb(at)

    Comment by Susan S | June 15, 2011 | Reply

  5. These sound super fun! Anything that makes bedtime easier is a huge plus.
    Play. Day is always occuring here and would really interest my dd since she is a Emma!
    Ready for the Day never is easy here.

    Maybe I will learn some “tricks” from reading this set.

    Lmbrunken {AT} gmail {DOT} com

    Comment by larissa | June 15, 2011 | Reply

  6. The “Ready for Bed” book would be PERFECT for my daughter. She use to love to go to bed. But in the last few months she’s gone from running into bed and wanting nothing, to a fight to get her in bed followed by 15 minutes goodnight routine. I think the books would be very fitting. The other two books would make her smile too. She struggles with social skills sometimes. Plus, the first thing she says EVERY morning after she tells me good morning is “Where’s Daddy?” “Daddy’s at work.” “Oh…I miss daddy!” 🙂 Thanks for the opprotunity.

    Comment by Erin R | June 15, 2011 | Reply

  7. Wow, just what every parent needs. My grand children are all going through the not ready to sleep, hesitant to join in with other children at times and not wanting to get up for school. A great win for us all. Please count me in. GFC follower under Lucky47. Email subscriber.
    Carol L

    Comment by Carol L. | June 15, 2011 | Reply

  8. Ella, my daughter has a 2 ad a 5 year old, and these books sound as if they are just what she needs to read to them. Bedtimes is a l-o-n-g be-whaling time, morning is a muddle, and playtime becomes a perfect pickle between the two kids.

    These three wonderful stories, by Stacey R Kaye, might just save my daughter’s sanity. And I know Elizabeth Dulemba’s a terrifically talented illustrator. For kids this age the illustrations are such a vital part of each book.

    Super review, mate, and huge congratulations to Stacey and Elizabeth.

    Margot’s Magic Carpet
    Books With a WOW Factor

    Comment by Margot Finke | June 15, 2011 | Reply

  9. Ready for the Day looks like a great book to help kids start the day off on the right foot.

    Comment by Steph | June 18, 2011 | Reply

  10. email subscriber. It looks like all three of these books would be valuable in helping kids understand and remember the way they are expected to act. They would be helpful in any family
    mearley1979 at gmail dot com

    Comment by Megan | June 18, 2011 | Reply

  11. These sounds like great books to read to my boys. They are always having problems understanding its a time for everything.
    Email Subscriber.

    Comment by Daily Woman | June 20, 2011 | Reply

  12. I would absolutely love to win this set! Positive parenting isn’t seen all that often in the children’s books that I’ve come across and it’s pretty sad. Many times over, either parents just plain tell the kids what to do or aren’t even part of the stories. These are a great gift, too, for new parents or those struggling with parenting (without being pushy!)
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

    Comment by Alicia C. | June 24, 2011 | Reply

  13. I subscribed to your blog. This series sounds very helpful in providing examples of how to reason with and provide explanations to children.

    Comment by Lily Kwan | June 26, 2011 | Reply

  14. Thanks subscribers for taking part in the Ready for bed, play and day giveaway.And congrats to our winner

    #7 – Carol L

    Comment by mymcbooks | June 26, 2011 | Reply

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