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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


Key Selling Points

  • This is a bedtime book that focuses on how wild and active nighttime can be.
  • This story celebrates some of the scariest parts of night for young children: darkness and the sounds of wind and rain. It lets caregivers emphasize the importance of these natural elements in helping our world live and grow.
  • By exchanging the common “good night” bedtime formula for “welcome,” children are invited to embrace everything that is exciting and mysterious about the world at night.
  • The illustrator won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award in 2019 and the Freeman Book Award for Children's Literature on East and Southeast Asia.

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

Editorial Reviews

“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

“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)

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