Sleep Like a Tiger (Caldecott Medal – Honors Winning Title(s))

2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor AwardIn this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest

2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award

In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.

Featured Sketches

Only after I can really feel the book do I then take the text and break it down into working pages… and imagine the flow of the book in tiny little sketches.

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Sleep Like a Tiger While “becoming” a character in a story, I need to feel how they feel. I need to see how they see and hear what they hear. I read the story over and over and over again…

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Sleep Like a Tiger While working on Sleep Like a Tiger, I kept hearing the words from the poem by William Blake, “Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright, in the forests of the night…” I just had to work it into the book–lots of little hidden secrets.

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