By Paul Bogard, illustrated by Sarah Holden
Age Range: 2-5 years
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-953055-03-3
Book Size: 10" x 10"
With the night sky over most cities now nearly 100 times brighter than in the last century, children are missing out on the experience of the natural darkness. This charming story, along with stunning watercolors of night sky and wildlife, presents the thrill and wonder of a child exploring darkness without fear. This is a perfect read-aloud story for bedtime or any time.
- This book delves into the issues of light pollution and how even a small child can take actions that improve our world.
- What if Night? celebrates the joy of the nighttime world in this early introduction to environmental science.
- Vibrant illustrations and easy to read text makes it perfect for a child to practice reading as they grow.
- Children love seeing the animals that are familiar to them in a natural setting.
From School Library Journal, October 2020
K-Gr2- "What if night never came? Wouldn't that be great?" So begins this very accessible informational tale about why darkness is important and light pollution is a problem. With a light touch, Bogard covers the importance of darkness for animals and humans, plus how readers can help. Deft illustrations depict a brown-skinned little girl and her dog as they contemplate the joys of darkness from looking at the moon, stars, and fireflies to nocturnal animals and insects. Holden's realistic depiction of nature works well with just the right amount of detail, and the use of a full moon means the darkness is never too dark. Her mostly full-page spreads use a color palette rich in blues, greens, muted yellows, and browns, with splashes of red and purple. Bogard includes a final page with questions for young readers plus "did you know" and "learn more" sections. VERDICT An effective first look at light pollution, which is an infrequent topic in picture books. This versatile title could easily be used as a catalyst for discussion, or as a read-aloud at bedtime or story time.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Lib., Troy, NH
From Foreword Reviews, November/December 2020
A little girl who wants playtime to never end learns the importance of darkness and rest in What if Night? Rich blues and purples form a peaceful backdrop for nocturnal animals and insects, contrasting with the bright white of the moon and the young girl’s knitted yellow hat. With her playful pup by her side, she grows to appreciate and preserve the darkness, taking care to turn off all of the lights before tucking herself into bed to wait for another day of play to begin. Reviewed by Danielle Ballantyne.