With Mother's Day coming up, we have the perfect book to share with grandmothers, aunts and mothers.
Award-winning author Aleesah Darlison’s latest picture book, The Dream Bird, is sure to be popular at bedtime with both children and adults.
There are few times during the day that offer tenderness and togetherness between parent and child or grandparent and grandchild like bedtime.
Bedtime stories offer respite from the busyness of the day, establish routines and help form unbreakable bonds. They remain a stronghold of cosy memories that carry children into adulthood, and which are passed from generation to generation.
“We all know the importance of reading to children. I can’t tell you the hours and hours of time I’ve spent reading bedtime stories to my brood of four over the years,” Aleesah says. “They’ve loved every minute of that special, shared, quiet time together and so have I.”
Children across the world have struggled to get to bed at one time or another and will relate to the problems of The Dream Bird’s main character and ‘day child’, George.
It’s George’s grandma who comes up with the perfect solution to help him drift off to sleep—the creation of a story about a beautiful Dream Bird who visits children to help them have the most wonderful dreams imaginable.
The Dream Bird will delight readers young and old as George is transported to kingdoms filled with lollies and experiences the joy of leaping alongside snow leopards, among other things.
Emma Middleton’s detailed, lavish illustrations create a magical realism, bringing to life Aleesah’s text and drawing readers into George’s dreams.
“I wanted to create layered illustrations where you could almost see reality merging into the fantastical world,” Emma says.
Give your child sweet dreams and cuddle up with them tonight to share this magical book at bedtime. The Dream Bird also makes the perfect gift for Gran on Mother’s Day.
The Deam Bird is available here for purchase.