Woodland Dreams

Wander into the woods for a lyrical celebration of forest animals settling in for the night.  As nature walk turns to moonlight stroll, each and every creature finds its own way home. Pairing poetic verse and a gorgeous, painterly art style, WOODLAND DREAMS promises a sweet and cozy goodnight.

The talented Marc Boutavant will illustrate this tender ode to woodland creatures.

  • The lyrical text is perfect for bedtime read-alouds, engaging little readers with beautiful illustrations and a cozy rhyming narrative.
  • Ideal for children ages 3 to 5 years old
  • Resonates year-round as a go-to gift for toddler birthdays, holidays, and more
  • Perfect for parents, grandparents, and caregivers
  • Add it to the shelf with books like Time for Bed by Mem Fox, The Goodnight Train by June Sobel, and If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul.

Chronicle, October 27, 2020

From the book jacket:

Say goodnight to all your favorite woodland animals as they prepare to sleep, each with their own special nighttime routine. Watch as every animal returns to their warm and cozy woodland home, from the fox curling up in her den to the turtle dozing off in his shell.

And once every creature is tucked in tight, shhh…It’s time to say goodnight.


“In this lush bedtime story, a gentle girl in a blue anorak, accompanied by her pup, assumes a sandman role for woodland creatures at dusk. Musical, romantic descriptions of the creatures honor their daytime activities as they’re lured toward sleep. The book’s lovely illustrations have a somnolent effect… Soon, it’s time for dreams to swirl.”

—Foreword Reviews, starred review

“A sonorous, soporific invitation to join woodland creatures in bedding down for the night…  Jameson displays a rare gift for harmonious language and rhyme. . . . Sweet fare for bed- or naptimes, with a light frosting of natural history.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A gorgeous ode to curling up for the night, this is the second book from the author Karen Jameson, a rising bedtime specialist who previously wrote “Moon Babies” and whose next book will be titled “Farm Lullaby.” Here, each critter is given a sweet nickname and called to bed with a doubled couplet. . . . [I]llustrator Marc Boutavant’s] sunset-to-twilight palette is rich. . . his compositions suggest girl, dog and fauna are all part of a larger, interwoven whole. Just lovely — and the final spread, depicting the girl’s drawings of the animals she’s seen, is a perfect grace note.”—The New York Times