B Is for Bananas

From the creators of Counting to Bananas, comes a new, hilarious bedtime ABC book about a Banana who doesn’t want to go to bed. Perfect for fans of Jory John, Mo Willems, and Ryan T. Higgins!

A is for Awake . . . but B is for Bedtime.

When the narrator of this alphabet book tries to make it a bedtime book, Banana objects. Bedtime is BORING! And Banana is the star of this book, so it should really be called B Is for Bananas instead. It shouldn’t be about bedtime at all.

Journey through all the letters of the alphabet in this laugh-out-loud story from Carrie Tillotson and Estrela Lourenço about a banana who is NOT ready to go to bed.

The perfect next read for those who loved the Bad Seed series and Hey Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins!

Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year selection
Amazon Best Books of 2023, Ages 3-5
Imagination Soup Best Picture Books of 2023 selection
A 2023 Good Housekeeping Kids’ Book Award winner
Imagination Soup Starred Review
An Amazon Best Children’s Books of 2023 So Far pick
School Library Journal starred review
An Amazon Editor’s Pick Best Books of April for Ages 3-5

For more bedtime fun, download the B Is for Bananas Activities Guide,
ColoringPages, and Educator Guide!

Written by Carrie Tillotson

Illustrated by Estrela Lourenço

Publisher: Flamingo Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

Release Date: April 11, 2023

ISBN: 9780593528068


This is the toddler book of all toddler books, and one to leave preschoolers squealing. Laughter will be the name of the game every time this book is read; it is hilarious! A little banana is supposed to be ready for bed, but getting ready is the last thing on the menu. Written as an alphabet book, the narration is often co-opted by the little banana. There are also reminders of things to do ­prior to sleep like taking a bath, brushing teeth, “going” and washing hands after. Children will be worn out by this. A must-have for all picture book collections.” –School Library Journal, starred review

“Exuberant Banana has as much fun taking control of the alphabet as they did taking over counting. Lourenço returns with digitally created illustrations full of Banana’s bonkers energy and plenty of color. Speech balloons are used throughout as Banana argues with the narrator. Banana might end up tuckered out, but little listeners will probably be supercharged with giggles.
An a-peeling alphabet adventure.” —Kirkus reviews

Excellent…A silly story that makes you giggle…[Banana shows] his wide-awakeness, creativity, and energy!” – Imagination Soup, starred review

“Hilarious from beginning to end!” – Picture Book Recommendations

“This is absolutely the CUTEST book!! I loved seeing all of the silly antics as Banana fights against going to bed (while working through the alphabet). The hilarious story by Carrie Tillotson and bright, fun illustrations by Estrela Lourenço make this a perfect bedtime read for both parents and kids! I laughed out loud more than once and so did my kids!…I highly recommend.” – Pie Lady Books

“Young readers will love this laugh out loud bedtime story where Banana’s silly antics take center stage through all the letters of the alphabet. The amazing illustrations bring Banana, and bedtime fun, to life.” Kidsbookshelf.com

Wonderfully drawn…A perfect ending to a just-about-perfect bedtime-but-not-really-bedtime tale…Exceptionally good…A wonderful send-up of a bedtime book.” Infodad.com


Carrie Tillotson