My daughter cycles through books. Every day she carries around one selected book with her everywhere she goes. The other day she picked up a book that we haven’t read for a while, Mo Willems' Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late. I love this book (all of Mo’s books, actually).
In Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late Pigeon is trying to avoid going to bed. He tries everything! He’s not tired he argues, he pleads to count stars, he even tries to convince you that his bunny likes to stay up late. If you have kids, babysat for kids or been exposed to kids at bedtime this book will make you smile every time you read it because you have heard all of these excuses before.
In the Pigeon series the illustrations are simple line drawings so they appeal to young kids. They are also able to appeal to older kids (and parents too) because Mo has a way of expressing the emotion of the situation through his art.
If you are not familiar with Mo Willems you should definitely check him out. He is a New York Times bestselling author and is best know for his Caldecott Honor books Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (another family favorite) and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.
And if you do need an excuse to get your kids to be you can use the same bit of wisdom I picked up along the way. "But Mommy I’m not tired!“ "That is ok, I am so you need to go to bed now.” How can she argue with that!