Monday, February 16, 2009

An Award Winning Bedtime Book

Are you searching for a magical picture book to read at bedtime? One that is both mystical and familiar? Comforting and enthralling? With gorgeous illustrations and lovely poetry? The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes is that book. It just won the 2009 Caldecott Medal and the hearts of the children in my house. It is a cumulative poem like The House That Jack Built and yet so different. It begins, "Here is the key to the house. In the house burns a light. In that light rests a bed." The black and white scratchboard illustrations, enhanced with touches of yellow watercolor perfectly complement the words of the book, creating the feeling of nighttime warmed by both familiar and fanciful things. Obviously The House in the Night is not only a bedtime book, but it is fairly begs to be read in a darkened room snuggled under cozy blankets.

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