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The Cot in the Living Room - Cover
The Cot in the Living Room
Hilda Eunice Burgos, Kokila - Penguin Random House 2021
Some parents work at night and need a place for their child to be cared for. Raquel’s dad works the night shift at the hospital. Eduardo’s mom sings in a nightclub. Lisa’s grandmother works nights cleaning offices. So, one at a time, they come to sleep on the cot in Mamita’s and Papi’s living room. Their youngest daughter objects. “It’s not fair! I want a turn to sleep in the living room!" she wails. Until finally, one night, she is offered a turn – only to find out the room feels dark and scary and doesn’t’ smell or sound like her own bed in the room with her big sister. So – when Raquel comes back again – they move the cot into the room with the two sisters – where it is not lonely at all.

Ages: Transition (4-5), Young School Age (5-8)
Languages: English
Book Types: Story Book
Identity Groups: Single Parent, Working Class, African American, Latino American
Special Topics: Bedtime/Nighttime, Siblings
Strands: Joy in Diversity, Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice, Knowledge of Self & Connection to Others