Shortlist year: 2014

Shortlist category: Children's literature

Published by: Penguin Random House

A lyrical celebration of the natural world and all that it has to offer a child.

May you, my baby, sleep softly at night, and when dawn lights the world, may you wake up to birdsong.

Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.

About the author


Alison Lester

Alison Lester (Australian Children's Laureate, 2012-2013) is one of Australia's most popular and bestselling creators of children's books. She has won many awards, including the 2005 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award, and the 2012 CBCA Eve Pownall Award. Her picture books include Running with the HorsesOne Small Island, Kissed by the Moon and My Dog Bigsy – to name just a few.

Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside. She spends part of each year travelling to schools around Australia, helping students and teachers develop their own stories.