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Bouncing read-aloud for… bedtime?

Cover of Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety
A review of Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety Thump by K.L. Going

Two siblings enjoy messy, active play all day long and then finish up the day with supper, a bath and a cozy bedtime routine. This story is told in the most mouth-pleasing rhythmic onomatopoeia that I’ve encountered in a long time. You can’t help but read it with a little bounce in your speech and yet the soft colors of the illustrations and the calm demeanor of each character as they go through their day, picking blueberries, baking a pie, eating it for dessert and then winding down at the end of the day for a bath and a family hug before going to sleep makes this a perfect bedtime story.  Think of the rhythm as soothing! The illustrations feature a family with subtle variety in skin tones, so it might be reflective of your multiracial family. This is one of my new night-time favorites and one that I’m happy to read over and over and over.

March 23, 2018