P.O. Box 9262 | Charlotte, NC 28299
Mission: To provide truly unique and creative books for parents and their children
Children's literature was first developed in the eighteenth century. In that time, stories were created as a means of entertainment. Over the years, it has evolved to incorporate tales that are academically, spiritually and morally educating. In a way the golden age of this genre has past, but gold does not fade like age.
At Sleep Tight Tonight, we want to honor the great books of our past by producing and introducing new works of literature for children from the ages of 2-100. In a genre that has continued to evolve, as our children will, we want to captivate our audience with thought provoking stories that can be read and reread. The older our children grow, the more we hope they appreciate the depth and simplicity of our books. After all, literature for children should create a place where everything is attainable and anything is possible with just a sprinkle of imagination.
It has been a great hiatus from this blog, but I would much rather offer rich content than filler. Reading to my son tonight from one of my longtime favorite books, I was reminded of what it means to love. Now, there are several stories that attempt to breach the subject of love as if it were a subject. Beside the The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, the greatest testimony to love that I have seen in children's literature is in The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. My cousin read from this book at his brother's wedding and if you have never read the book, I recommend you go out and buy it immediately. It is a must have, no matter how old you are or what perceptions you might have about it! If you haven't, here is a poignant lesson in the tale. "What is REAL?... 'Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become REAL.' 'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit. 'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.' 'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?' 'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand...but once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It last for always." In 1922, these words were written about a stuffed animal. Embrace those around you who are Real and show compassion for those whom you may not understand, because they are Real too!