5 Minutes for Books: Day is Done book and CD

by Guest

Music and children’s literature go together like peanut butter and jelly to this picture book loving mom. My kids and I adore curling up with books that can be read and sung, and when one has the bonus feature of an accompanying CD, we’re blissfully happy.

Peter Yarrow has provided that happiness again for us with his new illustrated songbook, Day is Done, including a three-song CD to highlight his recording of the title song and two additional tunes.

An endearing and reassuring story, this song seeks to comfort a young child’s fears with the presence and loving words of a parent at bedtime.

With adorable watercolor illustrations showing parent and child duos in the animal world also preparing for the evening, this book evokes the dedication a parent feels toward keeping his or her child safe, protected and loved (Pay close attention to the animals featured throughout the illustrations, as my 3 year old daughter enjoyed their recurrence in stuffed animal form in the boy’s bedroom at the end!).

Of course, the CD recording is typical Peter Yarrow- folk music with his signature warm voice, seemingly inviting you to sing along. Day is Done is a welcome addition to any young child’s musical and literary library.

Today might be your lucky day, because we have one copy of Peter Yarrow’s Day is Done to give away to a reader (US residents only, please). Leave one comment here to be entered, and we will announce the winner in this column next Monday.

We do not have a winner to announce from last week, because last week’s giveaway is still open. Click through each separate review now for your chance to win your own autographed copy of 3 different exceptionally illustrated children’s books from Shankman and O’Neill:

The Cods of Cape Cod
I Met a Moose in Maine One Day
The Boston Balloonies

We also have several other giveaways running right now at 5 Minutes for Books. Click over and enter them too.

Written by 5 Minutes for Books contributing editor Dawn, who also blogs about her life and family at my thoughts exactly.

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1 blueviolet October 26, 2009 at 6:58 am

Thank you for the chance to win it!


2 sara loud October 26, 2009 at 8:31 am

I know my daughter and I would love this!


3 Ellen C. October 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

I’d love to win this for my sister. Thanks for the chance.


4 Mama Zen October 26, 2009 at 10:27 am

What a sweet book!


5 LT October 26, 2009 at 10:41 am

My kids would love this! Thanks for the chance to win!


6 Christine Jensen October 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

Such a sweet looking book! Thanks for the chance to win.


7 katy October 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

My daughter loves watercolor illustrations. Thanks for the chance.


8 Jessica Harwood October 26, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I’d love to be entered please! This looks like such a fun book!


9 Deedee October 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm

thanks for a chance to win!


10 Lisa October 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Pick me, pick me, please!


11 Christin October 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Sounds wonderful! Thank you for the chance to win. :)


12 Carol October 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm

With Mary Travers so lately departed, it is fitting that the CD & book, Day is done, are fresh in our thoughts. They had much to say and teach through the power of music!

I would love to have this to share with grandchildren. Thank you for featuring this tributive set.


13 Marj M. October 26, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I would love to have this to read to my great grandchild.


14 Jen October 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Im always looking for new picture books for DD. THanks for offering!


15 Laura Renegar October 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I would love to win!


16 Julie October 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Peter, Paul & Mary were my favorite folk group back when I was a kid in the 60s. Obviously, I would love to give this special gift to a new great-niece (I have no children).
Thanks for a great review on Mr. Peter Yarrow.


17 Gina October 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Count me in! This looks like a wonderful book with a message good for all ages.


18 Carolyn October 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I would love to win! My little boy loves music!


19 Krista October 26, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Yay, looks like a fun book!


20 Hailey October 26, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Oh, how we love books! Maybe we will win!!


21 oolala October 26, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Books! Kid books! Yay! Thank you!


22 HSB Suzanne (aka Anita) October 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

This sounds like a fun book, and my kids LOVE to read!

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23 Elizabeth October 27, 2009 at 1:38 pm

this looks like a sweet story


24 mandy October 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm

We’d love this book!


25 Tracey October 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm

I’d love to win this book and CD. We have the Puff the Magic Dragon one and love listening to the music.


26 Cheryl Lund October 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Winning this book would be perfect!


27 Carol M October 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I would love to win this for my grandson! Thank you for the giveaway!


28 Francine Anchondo October 27, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for the giveaway.


29 Benita G . October 28, 2009 at 12:12 am

Peter Yarrow does provide happiness. Thanks for the possibility.



30 Shannon October 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

What a sweet book! Thanks!


31 Elizabeth October 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

Don’t wish to win it — just wanted to say, I’m now humming the Peter, Paul and Mary “Day is Done” song! Another really good bedtime book is “Time For Bed.” We just gave that to my great nephew for his 1st birthday. My niece says Jimmy loves it!

And for all moms out there, I wanted to throw in a quick recommendation — as I’m so enjoying it — “Mystic in a Minivan,” by Kristen White. I think moms everywhere can relate — Jenna is living the good life, the blessed life which (naturally!) goes kablooey. So she sets out on a journey of enlightenment. It’s “The Celestine Prophecy” for moms! The author even includes free downloadable workbook to help others on the spiritual journey within (if I may be so touchy-feely, which I’m normally not).

Now, off to comment on other entries…


32 Staci A October 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm

This looks like an adorable book! I’d love to share it with my little one!


33 WInning Readings October 30, 2009 at 12:03 am

Would love this for my daughter!

And we posted about it at Winning Readings:


janemaritz at yahoo dot com


34 Wendy October 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I would love to win this. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift for either my son or my nieces.


35 Beth C October 30, 2009 at 9:33 pm

This would be great – thanks for the chance to win.


36 Mary Ward October 31, 2009 at 1:03 pm

My daycare kids would love this book.


37 Sandra October 31, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Very nice giveaway, I would love to win this one.


38 Savanda Hodge October 31, 2009 at 2:06 pm

What a sweet giveaway!


39 stephanie October 31, 2009 at 2:35 pm

i know my daughter would love this. thank you for the chance to win this wonderful prize.


40 shawna October 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Would love this for my daughter we love reading books.


41 Ann F October 31, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I’d like to win this for my daughter.


42 Ed Nemmers October 31, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Happy Halloween!


43 Shannon Baas October 31, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I would like this.


44 Kathy Scott October 31, 2009 at 7:54 pm

I think that my son would enjoy this.


45 randi October 31, 2009 at 8:36 pm

This would be a perfect gift for my granddaughter!


46 Gabriel J. October 31, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Please, enter me, great prize!!!


47 joseph N October 31, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Six nieces aqnd nephews and they are all voracious readers. This is a great giveaway thaT I would like to win.


48 Patti Bright October 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Please enter me in this wonderful giveaway


49 Renee G October 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Would love to have this.


50 dorothy l October 31, 2009 at 11:01 pm

how cute


51 Jennifer H October 31, 2009 at 11:07 pm

We are currently teaching our three year old to read. She likes animal books the most.


52 Janelle October 31, 2009 at 11:10 pm

We love Peter Yarrow. Thanks for the giveaway.


53 Susan November 1, 2009 at 3:12 am

My grandkids would love this. They are 2 and 5 so reading at bedtime is part of their nightly routine.


54 clemens November 1, 2009 at 10:54 am

thats a cute little book my daughter would like it


55 Tonya November 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

my kids would just love this


56 gloria November 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm

This book looks so sweet!


57 Susan Smith November 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Looks like a good book


58 Lily Kwan November 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!


59 Gianna November 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Please enter me :)


60 Michele Anne November 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm

sign me up….thanks


61 Sharon B November 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Our granddaughter would love this. Thanks for having the contest.


62 Chrysa November 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!


63 jane meeks November 1, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I owuld love to win for my grandchildren


64 Nancy S. November 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm

This looks like a lovely book.


65 Linda Kish November 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Am I too late?? Hope I am not.

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66 Courtney Wallace November 6, 2009 at 7:46 pm

This looks like a great book.


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