Sleep, My Baby (Dr. Lena Allen-Shore & Jacques J. M. Shore)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Sleep, My Baby, written by Dr. Lena Allen-Shore and Jacques J. M. Shore, and illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, an enormously sweet lullaby from parent to child in board book form.

This bedtime serenade, based on a lullaby written by the author’s mother, opens on a mother carrying her baby upstairs in preparation for sleep. From there, the windows of a neighborhood are shown, with more mother-and-child pairs in different skin tones. The lullaby and art then travels the world, showing more cultures and types of caregiver-child bonds, including fathers, multi-generational, blended, and LGBTQ+ families. At last, the story circles back to the first mother and child, showing that there is nothing more universal than the love between parent and child.

Touching and tender. As the author explains in the forward and afterward, Allen-Shore – a multi-talented creator and educator, as well as a Holocaust survivor – created “Sleep, My Baby” as a lullaby for her sons while endeavoring to promote unity and human compassion. The art and simple structure of the text in this interpretation do a lovely job of combining all these themes, creating a bedtime board book that is perfect for the littlest bookworms and their caregivers. While the tune of “Sleep, My Baby” is not familiar (though it can be found online), the lyrics still work fine in spoken-word form, and the diverse illustrations in soft, dreamy twilight colors are soothing yet packed with detail. The length is perfect for bedtime, and JJ and I both loved it. This one was a treat, and we highly recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Nature’s Lullaby Fills The Night (Dee Leone)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Nature’s Lullaby Fills The Night, written by Dee Leone and illustrated by Bali Engel, a lovely twilight tale of how plants and animals of all shapes and sizes get ready for sleep at the end of the day.

After the sun has set and the moon begins to glow cool and blue in the sky, nature begins to sing a sweet lullaby. Moths flutter the dust from their wings and take off into the night sky, flowers close their delicate petals, swans glide across moonlit lakes. A dolphin slows it’s path through the sea, a mother cow tucks in against its calf, and a nightingale trills a sweet tune. All over nature, from forest to sea to barnyard to the bedroom of a small child, nature is singing goodnight.

This was a solid bedtime book. The concept isn’t really groundbreaking, but the rhythmic text flows very nicely and has a great soothing quality that achieves the peaceful feeling it aims to evoke. The art does a great credit to this, utilizing a palette of cool blues, purples, and earth tones to create an engaging yet tranquil nighttime world. The length is perfect for bedtime story as well – short enough that children won’t grow antsy but long enough that it can have the pacifying effect it intends. If you’re looking for a placid book to help lull your little ones to sleep, this is a good option. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)