The Big Bed

The Big Bed book cover

Someday, the main character of this book will rule the world…Today, she just wants to rule The Bed.

Picture book; fiction
Interest level: Pre-K through grade 2
5 out of 5 stars

The main character and narrator of this story is a young girl who has identified a problem in her family. She deftly identifies the issue, researches it, and creates a very persuasive presentation of possible solutions. It boils down to the fact that Mommy’s bed is not big enough for all three of her family members to fit, so, even though Daddy is “gifted at the art of the horsie ride,” he has to go.

While this book can be used for families with young children who do not want to sleep in their own beds, it also would make a good mentor text in writing workshops that focus on persuasive writing or opinion writing. The book could also be a fun way to kick off a research project, or use it in a maker space to highlight the engineer design process in a fun way.

The Big Bed
by Bunmi Laditan; pictures by Tom Knight
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018
ISBN 9780374301231

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