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Children's Fiction Bedtime & Dreams

Welcome, Dark

by (author) Charis St. Pierre

illustrated by Rachel Wada

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Bedtime & Dreams, Poetry (see also Stories in Verse), Stories in Verse
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Aug 2024
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


In this poetic picture book, young readers are invited to explore the sounds of nighttime and find comfort in them instead of fear.

As a young child falls asleep, the night comes alive. Animals hide and leaves blow, seeds are spread and crops are watered, and the world wakes anew in the morning. Focusing on the necessity of nighttime, this beautiful book showcases the night, along with its sometimes scary sounds, through new eyes. Stunning illustrations from an award-winning illustrator complement each spread as the poetry balances the magic and mystery of nighttime with the comforting stillness of being tucked safely indoors.

About the authors

Charis St. Pierre grew up in British Columbia surrounded by blackberries and cedar trees. She is a parent of young children and a graduate student focused on environmental issues in children’s literature. Charis is fascinated by how picture books depict the natural world, and the sorts of relationships they invite children to form with the environments around them. She lives in Edmonton with her family.


Charis St. Pierre's profile page

Rachel Wada's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Short-listed, The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature

Editorial Reviews

“Drawings bring the book alive by making the reader feel as if they are seeing objects by the light of the moon…A calming look at night time encouraging tranquil thoughts and feelings. This book would make an excellent choice for a bedtime book for young children with its quiet and calm ambiance.”

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“A beautifully and sweetly written story...Parents and children alike will reach for this comforting bedtime story that is set to become a classic.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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