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Sunrise, Moonrise

Author: Betsy Thompson | Illustrator: Betsy Thompson

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ISBN: 9781481471435

Publisher: Little Simon

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2019 - 2020

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Nature

Maine Based

Day turns into night, and some animals drift to sleep while others spring to life in this beautiful high-contrast board book.This beautifully simple board book with bold artwork and lyrical text shows us the passing of time in the day. Fish swim under a blue sky, squirrels dream as the sun sets, the moon rises as stars blink, and an owl hoots when night falls. With word repetition and a single tree that houses both the bird who sings as the sun rises and the owl who hoots after the moon rises, little ones can begin to understand that the day begins and ends in the same way.

Age Group 9 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Beginning to ‘choose’ a bedtime book by reaching for it
  • Beginning to look towards items you point to
  • Enjoying hiding for peekaboo
  • Imitating sounds

Your baby is likely developing some favorite books. They may even present you with what they want you to read when you hold up a couple of choices of books. Their attention span is getting longer so they may be able to enjoy a book with a couple of sentences to the page. They may also start pointing to things when you ask a question such as, ”Where’s the bunny?” Peekaboo is a favorite game as your dear one is just now starting to learn about how permanent things are. Will you still be behind your hands when you say Peekaboo? Oh good! It’s you!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 9-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your baby!

Why did we select this book?

Your baby's developing eyes see best when there are strong contrasting colors. Raising Readers liked how Maine artist Betsy Thompson used a thick black line to surround her colors, allowing the animals to take shape for your child. The high contrast images of Maine animals would be enough reason to share this book with you, but her words also make gentle sounds and rhymes. Use this book to slow down the pace of your day and to talk about the animals in the trees around your house. The more you read and talk with your child, the stronger and smarter he or she will become.


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