Imagine have four beloved teddy bears, each of whom is afraid of something at bedtime. That is the challenge for the little boy in Jim Aylesworth's charming bedtime story, Teddy Bear Tears. Just as the boy is ready to settle in for the night, each bear -- Willie Bear, then Fuzzy, Ringo, and Little Sam -- begins to sniffle and each's particular fear has to be explained away. Whether it is noises outside or concern that there might be something scary under the bed, our hero offers explanations for each and, in the process, just might make the nighttime worry-free for himself, too.
Jim Aylesworth has written many books for young readers, including The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock and Mother Halverson's New Cat. Of The Goodnight Kiss, Booklist has said his "melodic story...with its strings of prepositional phrases and its elusive sense of connectedness will mesmerize kids." Mr. Aylesworth marks his proudest accomplishments as having been a first-grade teacher for nearly twenty-five years. He lives with his family in Hinsdale, Illinois.