Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Elsa and the Night

By: Jons Mellgren


Elsa and the Night

Summary: One day, Elsa hears a creature moving underneath her sofa. When she lures it out, she discovers that it’s the Night. ‘You’re not allowed to be here,’ she says, and puts it in an old cake tin. Fourteen hours later, it’s still day outside.

Rating: 3 ***

A unique story about what would happen if night was trapped and everyone had to stay awake.

Comments Off on Elsa and the Night


By: Lizi Boyd



Summary: In this story without words, a boy explores the woods after dark with a flashlight.

Rating: 4 ****

An adorable book about a boy who’s in the forest at night with a flashlight. Boyd highlights plants and animals with the flashlight’s light and even has peek-through pages. In the end the animals get a hold of the flashlight and highlight their own point of view.

Comments Off on Flashlight

Goodnight, You

By: Geneviève Côté


Goodnight, You

As darkness falls, two very different friends explore what scares them… and discover that with a bit of help, it’s possible to see things in a new light.

Rating: 4 ****

A great story for kids who are afraid at nighttime.

Comments Off on Goodnight, You

Hannah’s Night

By: Komako Sakai


Hannah’s Night

When everyone is asleep, Hannah wakes up and discovers the quiet, exciting night-time world. When Hannah wakes suddenly in the night, she discovers a whole new world of adventure. With nobody awake to tell her off, she can do just as she pleases. The book combines simple language with beautifully textured images, capturing the innocence and wonder of young children at play.

Rating: 5 *****

This is a beautiful book. Even though the story is very simple, Sakai perfectly captures a young child who awakens in the night. The illustrations are very sweet and really lend to capturing how adorable this little girl is.

Comments Off on Hannah’s Night