I’m delighted to feature ONE of our favorite books by author Jean Reidy, also this month’s 12 x 12 featured author, for today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.. It was difficult to select just one because we love all of her books, but here is today’s choice!

Jean Reidy Light up the night

Light Up the Night

Written by Jean Reidy, Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Hyperion Book CH, October 2011

Suitable for: Ages 4-8

Themes/Topics: Nighttime rituals, Cumulative Story, Bedtime, Space, Geography, Family, Home

Opening/Synopsis: From Amazon:
When it’s time to sleep, it’s nice to know there’s a place that’s safe.  In a cozy house, in a comfy bed, under a blanket that’s white and red under stars so bright they light up the night in your own little piece of the universe.


Jean has a whole series of fantastic activities for Light Up the Night on her website, including a curriculum guide for teachers. My kids also enjoy ending the story with their own town, home, special toy.

Why I Like This Book: 

This book is brilliant in bringing a fairly complex subject – of going from the huge expanse of the universe right down to your own home, own room, own bed, own blanket – down to a child’s size. The book is not “message-y” at all, yet subtly communicates that we are all connected in this big, wide world, and that we all belong. The rhyming verse is impeccable and very soothing for bedtime. We all enjoy reading it over and over and over.

For more fantastic picture books and resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.

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  1. This looks really cute. We have been reading a lot of space travel books lately, so I will see if I can find it.

  2. Ooh — I like the message that we are all connected in this big world and in simple language and illustrations that children will understand. Lovely pick.

  3. I have come across this book so often on blogs, but have never read it. I’m going to request it right now from our library. Thanks for shaking my memory, Julie. Good one!

  4. I’ve never heard of this one, but the opening lines make me want to read it RIGHT NOW! Thanks for your review.

  5. Great pick; I like this one too!

  6. I love this book, great choice, Julie!

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