Now available in a board book edition, this lyrical bedtime book is an ode to baby birds everywhere and to sleepy children, safe in their beds. As a mother describes how different species of birds nest, secure and cozy with their mama birds, she tucks her own child into bed with the soothing refrain – “you nest here with me” – easing her little one and readers alike to slumber. Accompanied by beautiful artwork by award-winning illustrator Melissa Sweet, mother and daughter Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple have combined their poetry writing and love of birding in this board book that is sure to become a bedtime classic.
Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor books <i>The Right Word </i>and <i>A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams</i> both written by Jen Bryant. She also wrote and illustrated <i>Tupelo Rides the Rails</i>; <i>Carmine: A Little More Red</i>, which was a <i>New York Times</i> Best Illustrated Children’s Book; and <i>Balloons Over Broadway</i>, a picture book biography that was named a 2011 <i>Publishers Weekly</i> Best Nonfiction Picture Book. When she is not in her studio, Melissa can be found taking an art class, hiking with her dogs, or riding her bicycle. She lives with her family in Rockport, Maine.