Monsters Stealing Sleep

Sara’s encounter with Curtis cast a shadow of uncertainty over my world. In Synanon I had not worried about rapists in the night or child molesters hanging around churches, luring young girls like Sara and me to their homes to do sleazy things under the guise of an interest in our hobbies. Curtis had seemed harmless, but he wasn’t. That night, I couldn’t sleep. Fearful thoughts clamored through my mind, a parade of every possible thing that could happen. I finally got up and went into the kitchen, opening the drawer where Theresa kept the spatulas, serving spoons, and kitchen knives. I took the biggest knife I could find and went back to my room, where I shoved it under my pillow, climbed under the covers, and finally drifted off to sleep.

Synanon Kid Grows Up by C.A. Wittman

Protective Bedtime Monster


“Stay with me, please, and always protect me,” Rikki says, beginning to yawn again.

“Of course I will,” her monster says.

It sits guard over Rikki for the rest of the night.

My Bedtime Monster by Annelies Schwarz and Kveta Pacovska

Talking To the Moon


Sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep. Do you get lonely up there moon? Don’t be lonely. I’m here, anytime you want to talk.

Hello Moon! written by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Ben Cort

Snuggle In For A Long Night’s Sleep


“Blankets, pillows, extra snug. C’mon frog! You need a hug. Climb on top and join the heap. Soon everyone is fast asleep.”

Hibernation Station, written by Michelle Meadows and Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

Early Morning Dragon


“Kiss their dragon mom goodbye. Leap from cave into sky, where dragons get to fly. And fly. And fly.”

Waking Dragons, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Derek Anderson

Sleep At Home


“Well, since you’re so wise, could you please tell me how I’m ever going to get some sleep?”
“That’s easy,” said Owl. “Just go back home where you belong.”

Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night, written by Carol Roth and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev