Night Wishes

Paperback

How would a clock, nightlight, or teddy bear say good night? In this enchanting poetry collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and thirteen other poets imagine the wishes whispering through a young girl’s bedroom as she falls asleep. The bookshelf’s stories curl through her head; the pillow transforms into a hot air balloon; the rocking horse waits expectantly for tomorrow’s adventures. Stunning gouache illustrations by Jen Corace offer new details to discover with every reading. 

Perfect for bedtime reading and re-reading, Night Wishes will transport young readers into a wonderful, whimsical world of dreams. 

Includes poems by…

  • Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Matt Forrest Esenwine
  • Jude Mandell
  • Prince Redcloud
  • Alice Schertle
  • Joyce Sidman
  • Eileen Spinelli
  • Irene Latham
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Nikki Grimes
  • Deborah Ruddell
  • Darren Sardelli
  • Renee LaTulippe

Lee Bennett Hopkins (1938–2019) was an acclaimed children's poet and anthologist. His books include I Remember (Lee & Low), America at War (Simon & Schuster), Manger (Eerdmans), and Mary's Song (Eerdmans).

He received numerous awards throughout his career, including the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 2013. Lee also founded the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Lee Bennett Hopkins/International Reading Association Promising Poetry Award to recognize excellent writing for children. In 2011, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized him as the world's most prolific anthologist of poetry for children-with over 100 titles to his name. Lee lived in Cape Coral, Florida until his death in 2019

In this intergenerational collection of poetry by new and established African American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor, and grace. Folami Abiade, Dinah Johnson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Dakari Hru, Michael Burgess, E. Ethelbert Miller, Lenard D. Moore, David Anderson, Angela Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, and Davida Adedjouma all contribute. 

Jen Corace is the illustrator of Small World (Abrams), Brave Jane Austen (Henry Holt), Little Pea (Chronicle), and many other books for young readers. Her work has also appeared in numerous galleries and magazines. She has a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jen lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.

Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year List (2021) Kirkus Reviews
“A gentle, comforting ticket to beddy-bye—and good dreams.”

Booklist
“A soothing, reassuring choice for bedtime reading.”

The Horn Book Magazine
“Children will enjoy finding the repeating motifs and appreciate the soothing, snuggly poetry.”

Publishers Weekly
“An imaginative anthology sure to send readers straight to sweet dreams.”

 





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