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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Can't sleep? Then let me tell you a story...

Once upon a time, in a far away land, a young family lived by the sea. Each night, the beautiful mother would tuck the little boys in to bed. Before they fell asleep she would read them a story. Their favorite part of the day was finally here. "Though it's dark, there are always wolves, there are always spells, there are always beans, or a giant dwells." The boys recited along as their mother read them their bedtime stories. They giggled as she read in her animated voice that was so familiar to them. Soon the book would end and it was time to go to sleep. She would kiss them good night, turn off the lights and let their imaginations drift off into dreams.

I was one of those little boys. Every night I couldn't wait to jump into bed and listen to a story. One night, my mother read the story of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. It was so mysterious, different and magical. As my mom read the story, I imagined walking on the desert sand and the wishes I would make with the Wonderful Lamp. Even now, I can hear her sweet voice reading this story.

To me, the reading of bedtime stories to your children, is not just about reciting lines from the same book over and over, night after night. Children perceive this as a very special time to snuggle and connect with their parents before going to sleep. In addition, these stories help to instill the love of reading in children. This one-on-one attention etches memories of closeness, nurturing, and security into a child's mind, that will be cherished throughout their life. There maybe some days you do not feel like going through this ritual, but rest assured that your child counts on it as an essential part of the daily routine.

This Halloween, I kindly invite you to join these forty adorable children on their imaginative journeys with their favorite bedtime stories.

Mister JACKSON is ALADDIN
Book: Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp. Author: Hanna Diyab. Published: 1712

Miss HAYLEIGH is LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Book: Little Red Riding Hood. Author: Charles Perrault. Published: 17th Century

Mister MICHAEL is THE BIG BAD WOLF
Book: Little Red Riding Hood. Author: Charles Perrault. Published: 17th Century

Mister BRAYDEN is HANSEL
Book: Hansel And Gretel. Author: Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm. Published: 1812

Miss ADALYN is GRETEL
Book: Hansel And Gretel. Author: Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm. Published: 1812

Mister REHNIN is PETTER RABBIT
Book: The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Author: Beatrix Potter. Published: 1893

Miss KYLIE is HUA MULAN
Book: The Ballad of Mulan. Author: Guo Maoqian. Published: 6th Century

Mister HARRISON is BROWNY, WHITEY & BLACKY
Book: The Three Little Pigs. Author: James Halliwell-Phillipps. Published: 1890

Miss AMELIA is DOROTHY
Book: The Wizard Of Oz. Author: Lyman Frank Baum. Published: 1900

Mister ZANDER is SCARECROW
Book: The Wizard Of Oz. Author: Lyman Frank Baum. Published: 1900

Mister JACKSON is TIN MAN
Book: The Wizard Of Oz. Author: Lyman Frank Baum. Published: 1900

Mister XAVIER is THE COWARDLY LION
Book: The Wizard Of Oz. Author: Lyman Frank Baum. Published: 1900

Miss HALEY is GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH
Book: The Wizard Of Oz. Author: Lyman Frank Baum. Published: 1900

Miss ISABEL is THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST
Book: The Wizard Of Oz. Author: Lyman Frank Baum. Published: 1900

Mister JORGE is THE WIZARD
Book: The Wizard Of Oz. Author: Lyman Frank Baum. Published: 1900

Miss MAVEN is SNOW WHITE
Book: Snow White And Rose Red. Author: Caroline Stahl. Published: 1818

Miss CHARLIE is ROSE RED
Book: Snow White And Rose Red. Author: Caroline Stahl. Published: 1818

Mister GRANT is JACK
Book: Jack And The Beanstalk . Author: Joseph Jacobs. Published: 1734

Miss EMERSON is MARY POPPINS
Book: Mary Poppins. Author: Pamela Lyndon Travers. Published: 1934

Mister BRODY is MAX
Book: Where The Wild Things Are. Author: Maurice Sendak. Published: 1963

Miss EMILY is MADELINE
Book: Madeline. Author: Ludwig Bemelmans. Published: 1939

Mister LOGAN is WINNIE THE POOH
Book: Winnie The Pooh. Author: AA Milne. Published: 1926

Mister CODY is CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
Book: Winnie The Pooh. Author: AA Milne. Published: 1926

Miss QUINN is ALICE
Book: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. Author: Lewis Carroll. Published: 1865

Mister CARTER is HARRY POTTER
Book: Harry Potter. Author: JK Rowling. Published: 1997

Miss CHLOE is HERMIONE GRANGER
Book: Harry Potter. Author: JK Rowling. Published: 1997

Miss RILEY is LUNA LOVEGOOD
Book: Harry Potter. Author: JK Rowling. Published: 1997

Mister TROY is ZEUS
Book: Greek Myths. Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne. Published: 1846

Miss RHEES is THE SUGARPLUM FAIRY
Book: The Nutcracker. Author: ETA Hoffmann. Published: 1816

Mister GABRIEL is PADDINGTON
Book: A Bear Called Paddington. Author: Michael Bond. Published: 1958

Miss LENORA is ELOISE
Book: Eloise . Author: Kay Thompson. Published: 1955

Mister NICHOLAS is KING ARTHUR
Book: King Arthur and His Knights. Author: Howard Pyle. Published: 1903

Miss ELIANA is PRINCESS ELISA
Book: The Wild Swans. Author: Hans Christian Andersen. Published: 1838

Mister KYRIE is JOHN HENRY
Book: John Henry - An American Legend. Author: Ezra Jack Keats. Published: 1987

Miss NOVA is PRINCESS ZORA
Book: The Prince Frog. Author: Anne Anderson. Published: 1874

Mister JACOB is THE CAT IN THE HAT
Book: The Cat in the Hat. Author: Dr. Seuss. Published: 1957

Mister CONNOR & Miss BROOKE are THING 1 & THING 2
Book: The Cat in the Hat. Author: Dr. Seuss. Published: 1957

Miss EMILY is CHANG'E THE MOON GODDESS
Book: The Legend Of The Moon Goddess. Author: Chen Qi. Published: 16th Century

Mister BRADLEY is SAINT NICHOLAS
Book: The Night Before Christmas. Author: Clement Clarke Moore. Published: 1823

THANK YOU

I am beyond grateful to all of the children and parents who have helped make this project possible, especially during this very challenging time of our lives. I wish you love, peace and complete fabulousness. I look forward to seeing your beautiful faces next year. All my love and eternal thanks, Kevin