“I’m Not Cute!” by Jonathan Allen
When anyone tells Baby Owl he is adorable or small, he replies, “I’m not cute!” However, when Mama agrees with him, Baby Owl starts to rethink his proclamation.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell & illustrated by Patrick Benson
When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can’t help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations from unique and striking perspectives capture the owls as they worry about their mother: What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Not surprisingly, a joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets her return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
It’s not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But no . . . Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard-but he’s hooting mad about it ! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep . . . except for the watchful owl! With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured illustrations of a starry night, this is the perfect “book of sleep.” Join the owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night: some sleep standing up, while some sleep on the move! Some sleep peacefully alone, while others sleep all together, huddled close. Il Sung Na makes his American debut with this gorgeous bedtime offering. While each animal rests in its own special way, little ones will also drift off to a cozy sleep.