It Is Not Time for Sleeping

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Clarion Books
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8.4 X 8.6 X 0.5 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa Graff is the author of many popular middle grade novels. It Is Not Time for Sleeping is her picture book debut. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania. Visit her website at; and follow her on Twitter @lisagraff.

Lauren Castillo is author-illustrator of the Caldecott Honor-winning Nana in the City, among other books. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Visit her website at; and follow her on Twitter @studiocastillo.


Huffington Post Best Picture Books of 2016

"Lisa Graff's gentle, cumulative phrases and the ever-deeper hues of Ms. Castillo's star-spangled pictures make this an excellent choice for lulling little ones." --Wall Street Journal

* "Castillo (Nana in the City) conjures security with her trademark warm colors and solid black contours... Graff (Lost in the Sun) rebalances the traditional bedtime dynamic ever so slightly, portraying parents who never need to resort to authority, instead letting the reliable routines of day's end work their magic."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Castillo's evocative illustrations are warm and comforting and set exactly the right tone. Best known for her middle grade novels, Graff proves that she can deliver the goods to picture book audiences."
--School Library Journal

"Graff and Castillo beautifully capture the customary rituals (and challenges) of bedtime."

"The pictures look downright magical at book's end when luminous wallpaper--a rich blue with golden stars and crescent moons--fills up the background of cozy closing images, creating interior starry splendor. A very good goodnight book."

The way the parents continue to carry out the nighttime rituals all the way through to a final hug and a "we love you" is respectful of the child's independence, while encouraging kids at home to settle in and allow themselves to fall asleep, too."
--Horn Book

Praise for Nana in the City

*A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book*
Huffington Post Best Picture Book about Family
An NYPL 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
A 100 Scope Notes Top 20 Book of 2014

* "[Nana in the City] deserves a place on the shelf of classic New York City picture books."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Castillo's soft, warmly colored art expresses the child's changing feelings about the city while also depicting the characters' close bond."

"A fine example of how firsthand experience can overcome initial fear."
--School Library Journal

"A rewarding picture book with a vibrant setting."

"The accessible story arc outlines worthwhile messages about openness to new experiences and changing one's persepctive, all couched in the security of spending time with a loved one."

--Horn Book Magazine