Night Walk

Night Walk

Written by: O'Leary, Sara
Illustrated by: Arscott, Ellie
ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2

A child explores her neighborhood on a late-night walk with her dad, finding delight and comfort in moments of quiet and the warm windows into other people’s lives.

When a little girl can’t sleep one night, her dad asks if she’d like to go for a walk. They tiptoe through the silent house and step out into the dark.

It’s strange and exciting to be out so late. Walking down the street, the girl can see inside the lit-up windows of apartment buildings and houses where people’s lives are unfolding. Kids are having a pillow fight in one house, while a family has gathered for a festive meal in another. She and her dad reach the still-busy shopping area, walking past restaurants and enticing store windows, then stop for a tranquil moment in the park before returning home.

Sara O’Leary has captured a child’s nighttime wonder as she explores her neighborhood and comes to the comforting realization that she belongs. Ellie Arscott’s illustrations, luminous and rich in color, perfectly complement the story.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

A child explores her neighborhood on a late-night walk with her dad, finding delight and comfort in moments of quiet and the warm windows into other people’s lives.

When a little girl can’t sleep one night, her dad asks if she’d like to go for a walk. They tiptoe through the silent house and step out into the dark.

It’s strange and exciting to be out so late. Walking down the street, the girl can see inside the lit-up windows of apartment buildings and houses where people’s lives are unfolding. Kids are having a pillow fight in one house, while a family has gathered for a festive meal in another. She and her dad reach the still-busy shopping area, walking past restaurants and enticing store windows, then stop for a tranquil moment in the park before returning home.

Sara O’Leary has captured a child’s nighttime wonder as she explores her neighborhood and comes to the comforting realization that she belongs. Ellie Arscott’s illustrations, luminous and rich in color, perfectly complement the story.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Sep 29, 2020
Specifications 32 pages | 8.25 in x 10 in
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Praise for author Sara O’Leary and illustrator Ellie Arscott for Night Walk:

Winner, Crystal Kite Award, 2021

Commended CCBC Choice, 2021

“The sparse, lyrical text lends the book a cozy, poetic quality that is both soothing and whimsical. … A sweet rumination on family, home, and belonging.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The satisfying bedtime story will get young listeners ready for sleep.” — Horn Book

“Arscott’s line and watercolor art fully understands the Advent calendar thrill of sequences of windows with treasures behind … . Audiences will clamor to view their own nabes at night and see what they’re missing when they (reluctantly) hit the sack.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“[A] subtly reassuring story about the wonder a child experiences when she becomes aware … she truly belongs.” — Canadian Children’s Book News

“Reading this may inspire families to take night walks of their own.” — Wall Street Journal

“[A] touching book.” — Montreal Review of Books

“This father-daughter tale is told with a sense of belonging.” — Sal’s Fiction Addiction Blog

“The book blends a sense of discovery with an equal measure of comfort and reassurance as the little girl reinforces her notion of what home and belonging mean to her.” — Your Local Journal Hudson

Praise for author Sara O’Leary and illustrator Qin Leng for

A Family Is a Family Is a Family:

“The broad diversity of family constellations is refreshing . . . A-plus fabulous.” — Kirkus, starred review

“Leng’s drawings of domestic life are, like O’Leary’s writing, winsome but never sentimental. Together they offer a straightforward, optimistic view of everyday modern life.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A sweet and tender tale that shows that families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Audience ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2
Reading Levels Guided Reading L
Fountas & Pinnel Text Level L
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6