Hearkening back to a more simplistic time, this sweet tale of a young girl's early morning journey through the woods to get to school is charming. The simple illustrations work perfectly in tandem with the spare text. A wonderful book to cuddle up with on a cold winter's evening. — Jessica Wood
Now available in a new, jacketed, large format special edition On a dark winter's morning a little girl has to trudge a mile to catch the school bus. Will she be able to sing her way through the shadows? Lilting rhyming text by Caroline Woodward and stunning paintings by multiple award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad herald an era when singing away the dark was part of a six-year-old's rural school-going routine. The original edition of Singing Away the Dark (Simply Read Books, 2010) was a finalist for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Prize, the 2010-2011 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the 2011 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award (Picture Book category), and the 2011-2012 Chocolate Lily Award (Picture Book category). It was also a 2012 Best Books for Kids and Teens selection by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.
About the Author
Caroline Woodward is the author of novels and short stories for adults and picture books and novellas for children. She works as a lighthouse keeper on British Columbia's west coast when she isn't writing books. For more info, please visit www.carolinewoodward.ca. Julie Morstad is known for her surreal, whimsical work. Her books have garnered many accolades, including the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize at the BC Book Prizes, and First Prize at the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design; they have been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award (Picture Book Category), and Chocolate Lily Award (Picture Book Category). She lives in Vancouver, Canada.