I’m a little upset with my friend. My “go to” excuse for not having a slumber party with over three kids at our was our house is too small. Not going to work now. My friend’s place is the same size.
The first slumber party I remember attending was at Laura’s house. Sometime that night, her mom threatened to pop us with a wooden spoon if weren’t quiet. The next morning we watched Saturday morning cartoons. If I remember correctly, it was the premiere of the Smurfs, September 12, 1981. (Thank you Wikipedia for confirming this.) Laura’s birthday was in September; so I’m sure my memory is correct.
Can’t write a post without recommending some books. Second graders still love being read picture books; and are proud of their ability to read chapter books. I’ve included both.
What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story by Kate Lum and pictures by Adrian Johnson – This my favorite story to read to kids about a sleepover for two reasons. One… it’s funny. Two… it’s at his grandmother’s house. For many children, spending the night with grandparents is their first sleepover experience. “When her grandson Patrick arrives for his first sleepover, Granny’s resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless night for both of them.”
Froggy’s Sleepover by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz – The story line and illustrations in Froggy books are always funny and a delight to share with a group. The stuff he packs for the sleepover are quite noisy. The sleeping bag “sloofs” and the pillow “poofs.” “Froggy is excited about his first sleepover, but a series of events sends Froggy and Max back and forth between their houses, until it seems they will never fall asleep.” They finally fall asleep at 9 a.m. Hoping this isn’t my friend’s reality.
Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell – Rabbit is looking forward to Robot coming over for a sleepover. He’s written out a plan for the evening. 1. Make pizza. 2. Watch TV. 3. Play Go Fish. 4. Go go bed. However, things do not go as planned. A clever story deserving of the Theodor Seuss Giesel Honor it received.
The Critter Club: Liz at Marigold Lake by Callie Barkley and illustrated by Marsha Riti – This is a perfect series for the birthday girl and friends. They are animal crazy! The Critter Club is made up of “Four best friends who band together to form a rescue shelter to save lost and lonely animals in their town. Amy, Ellie, Liz, and Marion each have different personalities and interests, but they all have one thing in common: a serious love of animals.” In book seven, “Liz is excited her three best friends are visiting her family’s cabin at Marigold Lake, but something seems to go wrong with every activity she plans.”