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Book Review/Giveaway: Before I Sleep I Say Thank You. Ends March 23rd

Before I Sleep

Before I Sleep I Say Thank You by Carol Gordon Ekster and Illustrated by Mary Rojas

About the Book: Would you like to start a new bedtime tradition that underscores the importance of gratitude? Read Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with your children to begin a nightly routine of saying five things you are grateful for before bed. It will add sweetness and joy before your little one falls asleep.

My Review: This is a story about a little boy whose favorite part of the day is tuck-in-time. When night falls, he brushes his teeth and get ready for his mom to take him to bed. He like pretending that she is the train and his is the caboose as they sing “Choo-choo!” on the way to his room. While in bed, his mother tucks him in nicely and they take a moment to think about their day. Mom talks about her gardening and not stopping to help Ms. Nelson and promised next time to stop and help her. And he said he was sorry he didn’t pick up the tomatoes when she asked and promised to cooperate the next day. They talked some more about their day with family and friends, and then together they thanked God for their day, and what He has given them.

What a great way for a child to end their day. By reflecting on their day, recognizing God’s blessings and grace and letting God know how grateful they are for his many blessings. I highly recommend this book for every home. Adults can learn from it too.

Great illustrations by Mary Rojas which helps tell the story with warm and bright colors.

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

Carol Ekster

About the Author: Carol Gordon Ekster’s first published children’s book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was inspired by one special former student who lived the schedule described in the book. It was an Readers’ Choice 2012 finalist for Best Children’s Book for Single Parents. Another of her stories was in Library Sparks magazine, February 2010. Her second book, Ruth The Sleuth and The Messy Room, was picked up by Character Publishing, for their first list, and came out December 2011. It was awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval in 2012. Her newest picture book, Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with Pauline Books and Media released January 1, 2015. Her first e-book, Hip Hopping Books, will be out March 2015 as part of a digital library with Schoolwide, Inc. Carol retired after teaching 4th grade for 35 years. She starts her day exercising and doing yoga, then works on her writing and book promotion. She loves to discuss using picture books with all elementary grade students and has presented about this at conferences. She is excited that her writing gives her another way to communicate with children.

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February 28, 2015 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. What a great tradition to begin and share.

    Comment by susanlulu2013 | February 28, 2015 | Reply

  2. Very nice trailor. I think this is a wonderful way to end their day as well as ours by focusing on how lucky we are and aqll the things to be grateful & thankful for. Thank you so much for this post. Her website has some great suggestions for book activities as well.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | February 28, 2015 | Reply

  3. That’s a wonderful way to end each day, no matter what age we are!! And with 3 small grandchildren who think that the world…lol…revolves only around them…this could help them realize that it doesn’t!!

    Comment by Ronda Garnett | February 28, 2015 | Reply

    • Congratulations on winning the book! I hope it touches your children’s lives.

      Comment by Carol Gordon Ekster | March 24, 2015 | Reply

  4. Looks like a wonderful book that my granddaughter would really enjoy. Thank you!

    Comment by Marilyn Nawara | March 1, 2015 | Reply

  5. This would be great for my Sunday school class. We spend a lot of our time teaching them to pray. Thay are 2 and 3 year olds.

    Comment by MJ | March 1, 2015 | Reply

  6. The world needs this book. As you said, Ella, a great book to end the day with- with gratitude and prayer. I think this book would make a great gift too. Adding it to my to-read list! (Found your site on Twitter!)

    Comment by Romelle Broas | March 2, 2015 | Reply

  7. Sounds like a fantastic book to introduce a simple examination of conscience and prayers of thanksgiving at the end of each day. My family already spends time on prayers of thanksgiving but I haven’t found a great way to explain examining one’s conscience to my older son. Now I think I have the perfect book. Thank you! Also sounds like it could be used for CCD and religious classes in Catholic schools.

    Comment by Maria | March 6, 2015 | Reply

  8. This book looks great! I do mission work in Jamaica and I am hoping to bring a collection of some of the best childrens’ books along with me. This book will be perfect as we are working on positive behavior and being thankful with all the children right now. I would love to be able to read this to the little ones every night and have them list some of the things they are grateful for.

    Comment by Maria | March 16, 2015 | Reply

    • It sounds like wonderful work you are doing Maria. Continue to touch lives!

      Comment by Carol Gordon Ekster | March 22, 2015 | Reply

  9. This book sounds like a sweet story.

    Comment by Leela | March 21, 2015 | Reply

  10. My youngest is almost 1 and we are trying to start a good bedtime routine for him. This would be a great addition to our routine.🙂

    Comment by Keri Justice | March 22, 2015 | Reply

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