Bedtime With Mommy: Book Review by Sally Matheny

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Are you looking for a new bedtime book? Then, check out this review of BEDTIME WITH MOMMY.

Published by End Game Kidz, this 15-page, full color board book is written by Nancy I. Sanders illustrated by Felia Hanakata.

The Author

Nancy I. Sanders is one of my favorite children’s book authors. She’s a bestselling and award- winning author of over 100 books. 

Her favorite topics to write about are God, Bible stories, educational subjects, African American history, and Jane Austen.

Nancy and her husband, Jeff live in southern California. They have two adult sons who are married and have families of their own. 

I encourage you to visit Nancy Sanders’ website where you’ll learn more about her and what she writes for children as well as for adults. 

Here is her newest book!


BEDTIME WITH MOMMY is a fun twist on bedtime routines. Animals around the world portray what children and their mommies do and say at bedtime.

Polar bears in the Artic read a bedtime story and say a bedtime prayer. Panda bears share a bedtime snack in the forest before reading a peaceful Psalm. 

The lyrical text includes cuddling with favorite blankets and toys, goodnight kisses, and bedtime prayers. Children will smile as they imagine young animals putting away their toys, brushing their teeth, and jumping into their jammies!

The perfect ending shows a human mommy tucking her little one into bed. Nestled beside the child are two stuffed animals. Mommy and her child sing a favorite hymn together and end with activities similar to those of the animals—a hug, a kiss, a snuggle, and a prayer.

The Illustrations

Felia Hanakata did an amazing job illustrating this precious book. The soft colors she used in pictures of mommy animals holding and caring for their young ones are sure to warm the hearts of children.

Hanakata’s details of eight different animals from around the world are delightful. Their expressions convey the same sense of love and safety as those in the last scene with the mother and her child.

My Recommendation

I highly recommend BEDTIME WITH MOMMY for children ages six and under. It’s an enjoyable and soothing bedtime book. While entertaining, it is also a thoughtful book, full of thankful prayers to God for His love, His protection, and for giving us loving mommies.

Reading BEDTIME WITH MOMMY is a wonderful way for little ones to end the day.


Nancy I. Sanders is giving away a copy of BEDTIME WITH MOMMY to one of our readers! All you have to do to enter is have a U.S. postal address and leave a comment (along with your email address) by December 28.


A freelance writer, Sally Matheny’s writing is published in worldwide, national, regional, online and print publications including AppleseedsClubhouse Jr., Homeschooling Today, and The Old Schoolhouse. Connect with Sally on several social media sites, but her favorite hangouts are at and Pinterest. Sally is also the Write2Ignite Pinterest Editor.

8 thoughts on “Bedtime With Mommy: Book Review by Sally Matheny

  1. I have bought 2 copies of Bedtime with Mommy–for 2 Mommies-to-be! I love it’s rhyming text that points children to God and the colorful illustrations of animal mommies and their babies! I know it will become a favorite bedtime story! Merry Christmas, Sally and Nancy.

    1. Kathy, what a wonderful gift to give expectant mommies. Sorry for my delayed response. Our “Christmas morning” with all of our kids home took place Dec. 23 and it’s been a whirlwind since. 🙂 I hope you had a merry Christmas as well.

  2. So sweet! This book is beautiful! Looks like a great present for my daughter and her first child…. my first grandchild! I love to read sweet books with lovely visuals. This book is oozing with love! Vonda Hamilton P.O. Box 62 Ector, Texas 75439

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