Thank You God, Good Night – Marianne Richmond, illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic

  Thank You God, Good Night – Marianne Richmond, illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, an imprint of Sourcebooks Kids, 9781728235707, 2021

Format: ARC (Hardcover available April 6, 2021)

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Books

 What did you like about the book? This is the perfect book for the end of the day with a little one–soothing text, soft illustrations, and the concept of appreciation for a wonderful day. The entire story is filled with woodland creatures getting tucked into cozy beds as the sun starts to set and the nightime sky is filled with stars. Gratitude is expressed for comfy blankets, being clean, singing a favorite song, and being snuggled. Thankfulness is further expressed when thinking about all the wonderful things throughout this day and other days–this includes books being read, friends to play with, birds that work together to build a nest, and just the many ways these animals enjoy their family, friends, and the nature that surrounds them.

The illustrations are done in soft pastels and the animals have such peaceful expressions on their faces. Children will see bunnies, hedgehogs, bears, deer, fox, skunks, birds, and beavers in the pages of this story.

This book has a religious tone in that there is a constant repetition of “thank you, God” throughout the book. However, if a parent is not comfortable with the reference to God, I could still see this book being read aloud without that piece to make it more compatible with people of all faiths, or of no faith. There would still be a strong element of gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things in life.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of two and four years old, especially in getting little ones ready for bed.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschool and daycare centers ( especially those with religious affiliations), anyone who works with children between the ages of two and four years old.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: March 19, 2021

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