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Zzzzz: A Sleepover Dozen
Sleepovers are not only an integral part of most children's lives, they are also a source of drama and a marker of growth. What happens on sleepovers can be more life-altering than anything that happens at school. The following books peek into sleepover merriment, anxiety, and contretemps, as well as party planning. We've even thrown in one of the many compilations of scary stories just right for telling on pajama party nights.
Griffin, Adele. Overnight. Putnam, 2003. Gr. 4-7.
A power struggle within a middle-grade clique comes to a head over the disappearance of eleven-year-old Gray. (BCCB 2/03)
Griffin, Margot. The Sleepover Book; illus. by Jane Kurisu . Kids Can Press, 2001. Gr. 4-6.
A how-to manual for slumber parties that rock, including instructions for games, crafts, recipes, and more.
Guest, Elissa Haden. Iris and Walter: The Sleepover; illus. by Christine Davenier. Gulliver/Harcourt, 2002. Gr. 1-3.
In this installment in the Iris and Walter chronicles, Iris arrives at Walter's for a sleepover, only to surrender to homesickness after Walter falls asleep. (BCCB 10/02)
Koss, Amy Goldman. The Girls. Dial, 2000. Gr. 5-8.
Rebelling against the machinations of its leader, the popular group begins to disintegrate during one of their traditional sleepovers. (BCCB 5/00)
McGinty, Alice B. Ten Little Lambs; illus. by Melissa Sweet. Dial, 2002. 4-7 yrs.
"Ten little lambs who won't go to sleep. What will they do all night?" chants this exuberant counting book about slumber parties and the struggle to stay awake. (BCCB 9/02)
Van Leeuwen, Jean. Amanda Pig and Her Best Friend Lollipop; illus. by Ann Schweninger . Dial, 1998. Gr. 1-2.
Best friends Amanda and Lollipop find that even pigs with strong personalities get homesick sometimes.
Vulliamy, Clara. Small; written and illus. by Clara Vulliamy. Clarion, 2002. 2-5 yrs.
A loving stuffed toy braves the wind, rain, and "dark, dark woods" to be reunited with his boy, who is sleeping over at Granny's house. (BCCB 4/02)
Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over; written and illus. by Bernard Waber. Houghton, 1972. 4-7 yrs
In possibly the best known picture book on sleepover anxiety, Ira finds that teddy bears are potent stress-reducers for him and his best friend. (BCCB 2/73)
Warshaw, Hallie. The Sleepover Cookbook; illus. by Julie Brown. Sterling, 2000. Gr. 4-8.
An imaginative and hip collection of recipes for midnight munching.
Whitney, Brooks. Super Slumber Parties; illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott. Pleasant Company, 1997. Gr. 3-5.
Suggestions for slumber party activities, cookery, and themes, with tips for making your party the best ever.
Wilson, Gina. Grandma's Bears; illus. by Paul Howard. Candlewick, 2004. 4-6 yrs.
When Nat goes to visit his grandma, he learns how to make friends with her set of large, ursine housemates (each of whom represents one of Nat's fears).
Winthrop, Elizabeth. Squashed in the Middle; illus. by Pat Cummings. Henry Holt and Co., 2005. 4-7 yrs.
Middle child Daisy decides to sleep over at her friend Rosa's, in spite of her parents' refusal to grant permission.
Young, Richard, and Young, Judy Dockrey, colls. The Scary Story Reader; illus. by Wendell E. Hall. August House, 1993. Gr. 4-7.
This collection of forty-one brief shudder-inducers will raise hair in any gathering.
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