On a Summer Night


By: Deborah Hopkinson

Illustrated by: Kenard Pak

Published: May 14, 2024

Publisher: Chronicle Kids


Celebrate the peace and mystery of a hot summer night from the eyes of a child. A child wakes on a summer night and ventures outside with their family cat. Soon a dog is barking, a rabbit is twitching, the trees are rustling, and a low cloud is moving across the sky.

With lyrical prose and repetitive questions, kids will be soothed by the words and join in the reading. The illustrations show dark and muted colors of greens, browns, and reds and put you in the season of summer. From the noise of the fans in the house to the dewy grass, I can almost feel summer in our own backyard. It won’t be long until it is here.

ON A SUMMER NIGHT makes for a great bedtime read, but make sure you converse with your young child about going outside alone during the middle of the night.

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of many books for young readers, including Green Earth Book Award winners Follow the Moon Home and Butterflies Belong Here. She lives near Portland, Oregon, with her family and pets—including a cat named Beatrix who, unlike the cat in this story, is not allowed to wander outside, day or night. She lives in Oregon with her family. Visit her website, HERE.

Kenard Pak is a picture book illustrator and animation art director. He has illustrated such children’s books as Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?, by Rita Gray, and The Dinner That Cooked Itself, by J. C. Hsyu. The author-illustrator of Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn and Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter, he lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife and daughter. Visit his website, pandagun.com.

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