Close Your Eyes

Written By: Kate Banks

Illustrated By: Georg Hallensleben

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations and Text:

Look over the cover and illustrations throughout the story with your child. Ask questions like:

{For older children} What do you think this story is about?

What animal is that in the picture?  What sound does it make?

Why do you think the tiger doesn’t want to go to sleep?

{Flip to an illustration} What is the tiger doing in this picture?

As You Read

To make the story more dynamic, try finding ways to differentiate between the little tiger’s dialogue, the mother’s dialogue and the narration. Give the little tiger and the mother tiger different, distinct voices as you read to make the story more interesting and enjoyable.

Making Connections:

Ask questions that will make the story more relate-able for your child, and that will allow him/her to connect with the characters. For example, when reading the part where the little tiger communicates his fear of the dark, ask, “Are you scared of the dark? Does it help when I tuck you into bed?” For children who are more verbal, ask “Have you ever felt scared to go to sleep? Why were you scared? What helped you to not be scared anymore?”

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret:

Ask these questions to allow your child to process what you have just read together:

Did you like the story?

What was your favorite part or favorite picture?

Why didn’t the tiger want to close his eyes?

What do you like to do before you go to bed?

Then, have fun closing your eyes! “When I close my eyes, I see _______. What do you see?”

Activity: Tiger Mask

Adapted from Activity Village


Supplies: Large paper plate, orange and black paint, orange and black card or craft foam, black pipe cleaners, glue and thin elastic/popsicle sticks

  1. Paint the back of the paper plate orange and let it dry. Then paint on black stripes. For younger children, it may be a good idea to pre-paint the orange paint as it could take awhile to dry and as we know, little ones aren’t the most patient of beings!
  2. Once the paint has completely dried, cut out the eye holes.
  3. Twist together 3 pipe cleaners at that center and then glue them to the center of the mask. Then, cut out a black nose from foam or card and glue it onto the middle of the pipe cleaners.
  4. Cut out 2 ears from the orange foam or card. Glue these to the top of the face.
  5. Make a small hole on either side of the mask and tie a piece of elastic through to hold your mask in place. You could also glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of the mask to make a handle.