Early Lit Bits: “Are You Awake?” Book Review

Are You Awake? by Sophie Blackall

Edward can’t fall asleep and it is way past his bedtime.  He is feeling talkative and he has many questions for his mom.  This is a familiar situation for parents and children who will find humor and poignancy in this new picture book written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.  The book is small (for little hands) and perfect for sharing one on one.  The colors are soft and ideal for setting the bedtime tone.  There is even a fun flipbook feature showing a stuffed animal rolling around and eventually falling asleep. 

Sharing books like this with your child is a great way to encourage the early literacy skill of Print Motivation.  Print Motivation is about getting your child excited about reading.  The best way to achieve this is to have many positive reading experiences with your child.

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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