Like many of you, I have daughters who start to get nervous as soon as the sun goes down. Suddenly there are weird shadows that might just be dragons/monsters/insert whatever new scary thing is in vogue.
As such, I am always on the search for books that talk about night time in new and gentle ways, but one’s that simultaneously allow for the anxiety to be validated rather than just be reasoned away.
The Moon Inside by Sandra V. Feder is a lovely story about a young girl, afraid of the night, whose mother opens her eyes to all the wonderful things that happen at night. Ordinary magic like fireflies, and the moon.
The Dark, by Lemony Snicket, and illustrated by Jon Klassen (another favourite author and illustrator of mine), was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. The illustrations, in typical Klassen style, convey both the anxiety as well as the evolving relationship Laslow, the central character, has with the dark itself.
‘Laslow would peek at the dark every morning, Hi, he would say, Hi dark.’
I love this story, because it explores the relationship between Laslow and the dark, the relationship, my girls have the most trouble with. Whilst they love the moon, and the fireflies and all the wonderful things Feder’s book talks about, their fear is of the dark itself. The unknown. In this way, Lemony Snicket’s book is brilliant.
Where to Buy:
Available from most bookstores, otherwise your local bookstore should be able to order it in for you.