One of the sweetest and funniest picture books that my daughter and I have read this winter is Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep by Maureen Wright. Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, the book tells the story of Big Bear, who is getting really tired as winter approaches. Though Old Man Winter keeps telling him to sleep, Big Bear has trouble hearing, and he misunderstands the spirit of the cold.
So rather than sleeping, Big Bear embarks on various adventures—from driving a jeep to sweeping a home, climbing a mountain and many more exploits—as he grows sleepier and sleepier. Old Man Winter, growing increasingly irritated with Big Bear’s apparent refusal to go to sleep, finally belts out at the bear—who, of course, tells him he doesn’t have to yell.