Perfect Picture Book Friday – Sleep Tight Farm

Hurray!  It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday!

I’m excited because this weekend I’ll be at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, reading during story time with my author friends Iza Trapani and Nancy Shaw, and signing copies of Can’t Sleep Without Sheep and some of my other books alongside them.

If you’ve never been to Sheep & Wool, I highly recommend it if you’re in the area!  It’s like the fair, only with lovely autumn weather, every kind of sheep under the sun,

llamas and alpacas,


craft workshops, gorgeous yarns,


knitting and crochet patterns, beautiful clothing and other gift items made from wool, all kinds of fun activities for kids, AND delicious treats like apple crisp made from local apples! 🙂

I hope you’ll join us!

Meanwhile, today’s Perfect Picture Book fits rather nicely with the sheep and wool theme since it’s all about farming and getting ready for winter!  Have a look!


Title: Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares For Winter

Written By: Eugenie Doyle

Illustrated By: Becca Stadtlander

Chronicle Books, August 2016, nonfiction

Suitable For Ages: publisher says 2-5 but I think 3-7 is equally doable

Themes/Topics: nature, seasons (fall/winter), farming, jobs/careers

Opening: “The December days shorten and darken.  We are busy putting the farm to bed.”

Brief Synopsis: This peaceful book shows a family getting their farm ready for winter after the cycle of spring growth, summer heat, and fall harvest.  Beautiful and informative.

Links To Resources: author’s note at the end describes her life on the farm; extensive list of Autumn Lesson Plans from Scholastic; fun Fall & Harvest-Themed Lesson Plans from Bright Hub Education; 10 Easy Steps To Making Homemade Jam With Your Kids; draw a picture of a farm; draw the fruits and vegetables you would like to grow and pick!

Why I Like This Book: This is a very quiet book.  It shows a family harvesting the fruits of their year-long labor – fruits and vegetables, honey from the beehives, wood to warm their home – and tucking their farm in for the winter.  The harvest is pictured ripe and colorful.  The indoor scenes of home and barn are cozy and filled with warm, bright colors, animals and loving family.  By the last page where the light is blue and silver and the snow is falling gently you feel just as tucked in as the farm 🙂  But in addition to being a calm and cozy read, it is extremely informative about how the things we eat are grown and harvested, so young readers will get a sense of where their food comes from.  A pleasant and educational read!


text copyright Eugenie Doyle 2016, illustration copyright Becca Stadtlander 2016


text copyright Eugenie Doyle 2016, illustration copyright Becca Stadtlander 2016

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!!  Work on your Halloweensie entries!!!  🙂  Come to NYS Sheep & Wool if you can!!! 🙂



29 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Sleep Tight Farm

  1. Diane Tulloch says:

    What a beautiful looking book and an interesting topic that will surely delight children, as children just love animals. As a country that has more sheep than people our festivals are called “A and P Shows”(Agricultural and Pastoral) where everyone loves to show their animals to win prizes, and possibly sell animals, from alpacas, cows to chooks and pigs. Enjoy the fall. 🙂

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Nice, Diane! That sounds like our county fairs. Sheep & Wool is very specific 🙂 But at the county fair they have everything – cows, horses, pigs, etc, contests for best jams, jellies, pies, cakes, etc. Once at the county fair when my kids were little we all milked a goat – poor patient thing up on a little stand so that people could milk her without getting down on the ground! – and then we all got a pin that said “I milked a goat at the Dutchess County Fair” 🙂

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      It is a pretty book 🙂 And we are having lovely colors up in our neck of the woods! I said hi to Iza, and we did have a wonderful woolly weekend, thanks very much! A bunch of chatterboxes we are – me and Iza and Nancy 🙂 Wish you could have joined us!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Oh, gosh! I wish you could have come! It’s the same weekend every year, so maybe you can plan on it for 2017! You know, it’s interesting about this book… I guess it’s a modern farm, but the feel of the story is old-fashioned somehow!

  2. viviankirkfield says:

    Love this book, Susanna…and have lots of fun at the Sheep and Wool Festival…the wife of a fishing buddy of hubby’s raises her own alpacas and then shears and dyes the wool and shows it at these fairs…fascinating. 🙂

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Glad you love this book too, Vivian! And oh, yes! We certainly did have fun at Sheep & Wool! Next year you should come! You can stay with me! So cool about your friend! It’s one of the things I love most about the world – that everyone has different interests and passions and skills. For us it’s PB writing, but for your friend she knows everything about alpacas and their wool – how cool is that?!

  3. Patricia Tilton says:

    I love visiting sheep barns at the fair and seeing the wool displays.

    Another great selection for fall. This time bringing in the harvest and preparing for winter. I love the opening state about putting the “farm to bed.” Lovely cover.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Last year when my son was working with a local vet and taking care of her sheep herd, I got to hold a newborn lamb (well, it had been cleaned off..but was otherwise brand new 🙂 ) It was amazing! SO tiny! Glad you like today’s book!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      It really IS a perfect book, Julie! It makes me want to gather firewood and make jam in preparation for winter 🙂 And the Sheep & Wool Festival was tons of fun as always – and not even cold! Usually it’s freezing 🙂

  4. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    I should probably read this book. I need the education. A few years ago, I was at a pick-your-own farm, and when I saw the farmer’s wife, I said, “I was just petting some of your goats.”
    Her (looking confused and disgusted): They’re not goats. They’re sheep.
    Me (with nothing sensible to say): Oh. I’m not from around here….


    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Oh, boy. I didn’t THINK I changed anything, Pat, though lord only knows with me! I tried it out and I did get a redirect, but when I waited the proper post loaded… I don’t know what’s up! But thank you for letting me know!

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