Veggies and sleep are two things that pretty much all of us could use more of in our lives. This is a classic sleep story (think Llama Llama or Goodnight Moon) that takes place in a rooftop community garden. With fun plays on words, captivating illustrations, and a charming earthworm guide (wearing a hat and shoe, Richard Scarry style), this book easily earns its spot in the bedtime reading rotation!
★ "The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character...connect story and audience." --The Horn Book, STARRED review
Every veggie needs their shut-eye in this bedtime book that celebrates community, the joys of a small garden, and the importance of taking care of ourselves. Illustrated by New York Times best-selling artist Zachariah OHora, Goodnight Veggies is perfect for fans of the Llama Llama series and will keep emerging readers engaged with adorable illustrations, especially while children are at home exploring backyards, plant pots, and balcony garden patches.
As the sun begins to set, the tomatoes are tuckered out, the cucumbers are calm, and the beets are simply beat.
But what’s got them all so exhausted?
Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants—and humans—everywhere!
About the Author
writes poetry and books for children. Her other books include City Shapes, Summer Color!, One Snowy Day
, and Doris the Bookasaurus
. She grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her husband, two daughters, and many pets. Diana never met a vegetable she didn't like.
Zachariah OHora loves veggies, especially when they are pickled. He is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book Wolfie the Bunny. And he is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning books including Niblet & Ralph, The Not So Quiet Library, and My Cousin Momo!
★ "In OHora’s sweet and funny acrylic art.... The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character...connect story and audience." —The Horn Book, STARRED review
"Featuring vibrant illustrations, lively rhymes, and playful touches.... This artful take on familiar nighttime routines is an enjoyable blend of whimsical, cozy, and sweet." —Booklist
"[S]teady rhythm, whimsical rhymes, abundant alliteration, and hand-lettered sleep-appropriate sounds to share like "zzzzz" and "snore! snore!" extend the read-aloud experience. A bedtime veggie feast for the eyes and ears." —Kirkus
"[S]nuggled-in vegetables and sweet, lilting text offer an effectively snoozy bedtime rhyme." —Publishers Weekly
"The guide through this food-focused bedtime tale is a jauntily capped earthworm.... The playful rhymes poke around with some puns (the beets are simply beat, cabbages nod their sleepy heads, and cranky cornstalks cover their ears), and while this is perfectly suited for reading aloud, the simple text, solid rhythm, and effective alliteration put this in the reach of beginning readers as well.... Even the most veggie-averse kid will appreciate this cute bunch of crudités." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"With a steady path for the eye, the gradual change to predominantly dark colors, and the soothing use of alliteration, this book will lull readers towards the same state as the characters.... For early school age children, this works both as an introductory lesson on different types of vegetables, and as a bedtime story." —School Library Journal