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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bedtime Stories & Snuggles with Gymboree & The World of Eric Carle

Disclosure: Thank you to Gymboree for sponsoring today's discussion. All opinions - and my love of Eric Carle's books - are my own.

 It's never been a big secret that I'm obsessed with kid pajamas. They are quite honestly the very best: soft, cuddly, comfy - all the things you need for a good night's sleep. And as a former librarian, I am also pretty crazy about children's books. So when I heard that The World of Eric Carle and Gymboree have teamed up to offer a brand-new line of sleepwear and playwear for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, you had better believe I was first in line to check it out.

The partnership between Gymboree and the World of Eric Carle brings two iconic, parent-trusted brands together and builds on Gymboree’s rich heritage in colorful, quality clothing that parents love and children never want to stop wearing.

We took a family trip to the mall to pick out some pajamas from The World of Eric Carle collection at Gymboree. Lincoln insisted that he needed the "moon ones" and while Addie was more concerned with running away, she typically appreciates anything that is pink or purple - and these have both colors!

We decided to have a pajama party and got out some of our favorite Eric Carle book titles for that night's bedtime stories. I remember reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar at my grandparents' house when I was a little girl, and it's so fun to pass on this story to my kids!

Honestly, my kids have not read all of Eric Carle's stories. We own Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, The Grouchy Ladybug, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? but there are so many other great titles that I need to introduce to them. I think a trip to the library may be in order soon!

I'm so grateful that my kids love to read. They are both eager to sit down with me multiple times a day to have some downtime where we can snuggle and share stories with each other. How precious it is to have the opportunity to be their primary storyteller!

Lincoln has most of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? memorized. I've heard him "read" the book before - it was definitely adorable because he remembers almost all of the words and can recite them to himself or to Addie.

Gymboree and The World of Eric Carle are hosting a photo contest inspired by Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The idea of the contest is to help your kids take a picture of what they see - so it's a chance to look at the world through their eyes! Entrants can submit a photo via Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or via the designated direct photo upload site, using the hashtag, #WhatDoYouSee. Your entry gives you the chance of winning one of ten Eric Carle gift baskets! The contest ends 9/30/14.

There's even a really cute iPhone app that you can use to add some Eric Carle fun to your photos and play a caterpillar game!

Do your kids love bedtime stories as much as mine do? If you've never tried Eric Carle's books, give them a shot. I know you won't be disappointed. And you can pick up an adorable set of pajamas or playwear at Gymboree to match their favorite story! Literacy wear = awesome.

If you're a Very Hungry Caterpillar fan, hop over to my friend Stephanie's blog and read about Grace's Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party. Stinking adorable.

Thanks to Gymboree for sponsoring today's discussion. All opinions expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy

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