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Children's Book of the Month

A reason to read...

 Beautiful poems about sleeping animals are interspersed with fascinating facts and beautiful illustrations - making this the perfect bedtime book!

A Songbird Dreams of Singing - Kate Hosford

Do you know how animals sleep?

Otters fall asleep while holding hands; zebra finches practise their songs while dreaming; dolphins keep one half of their brain awake...



About the Author - Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford grew up in Waitsfield, Vermont, and spent much of her childhood reading. She later graduated from Amherst College with a degree in English and Philosophy. Before becoming an author, Kate worked as an elementary school teacher, a social worker and an illustrator. In 2011, she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

She has written five picture books: Big Bouffant, Big Birthday, Infinity and Me, How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea, and Mama’s Belly. She has also written two poetry collections: Feeding the Flying Fanellis and Other Poems from a Circus Chef, and her first work of non-fiction, A Songbird Dreams of Singing: Poems about Sleeping Animals.

Her books have received numerous honours and awards including a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, an American Library Association Notable Book, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book winner. They have also been translated into Chinese, Korean, Romanian, Italian, French and Greek. 

Kate’s research for her latest poetry collection has sparked her interest in animal science. She hopes to explore this subject further in some of her future books. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two sons.

About the Illustrator - Jennifer M. Potter

Jennifer M. Potter is an illustrator who lives in San Francisco. When she's not busy drawing, she volunteers at the local animal shelter. She has ridden an elephant, adopted an otter, and fed a giraffe. She lives with her husband, several attention-starved plants, and a concerning number of watercolour palettes.