Stories of the Night

Illustrator: Kitty Crowther

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Gecko Press

Age 5+

Picture Storybooks Picture Books: Character Books

A modern fairytale bedtime book set in the magical illustrated world of Astrid Lindgren Award recipient Kitty Crowther

“Tell me three goodnight stories, please, please, please,” says Little Bear.
“Three!” says her mother.
“Yes, I said please three time!”

First, Little Bear hears the story of the Night Guardian, who lives in the woods and makes sure all the animals go to bed. But who tells the Night Guardian when it’s bedtime? The second story is about the brave girl Zhora, who seeks the forest’s most delicious blackberries. In the third we meet Bo, the little man with the big overcoat, who finds it hard to sleep.

Finally, Little Bear falls asleep, and there in bed beside her are her new storybook friends.


Kitty Crowther received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2010.


This magical totem of a book bursts with beauty, absurdity, generosity and the surprise of the natural world.

The New York Times

Together with the appealing illustrated animal nests, these distinctive bedtime litanies might become some families’ favorite nighttime read.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

A visually distinct, original, pleasing bedtime book that has the feel of a classic.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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