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The Night Is Yours
By (author): Abdul-Razak Zachariah Illustrated by: Keturah A. Bobo
9780525552710 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams Jul 02, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 9.38 x 9.88 x 0.34 in 32 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Dial Books for Young Readers Dial Books
From the New York Times bestselling illustrator of I Am Enough, this glowing, empowering picture book about a nighttime hide-and-seek game celebrates blackness and self-confidence.

Little one, so calm and so happy, the darkness of the night is yours like the darkness of your skin.

This lyrical text, narrated to a young girl named Amani by her father, follows her as she plays an evening game of hide-and-seek with friends at her apartment complex. The moon’s glow helps Amani find the last hidden child, and seems almost like a partner to her in her game, as well as a spotlight pointing out her beauty and strength.

This is a gorgeous bedtime read-aloud about joy and family love and community, and most of all about feeling great in your own skin.

A celebration of being black: This is a feel-good book about the beauty of black skin that will be a favorite of African American kids and their parents.

Self-confidence and pride: Amani is wonderfully exuberant and self-assured, and this book will inspire kids to embrace and trumpet their own worth as well.

Father-daughter bedtime book: Told by Amani’s dad, who watches her from the window, this is a warm, loving book that parents will enjoy reading to their children before bed. (Mom is also depicted in the art.)

Apartment-complex living: The low-income apartment building depicted is an unusual picture-book setting, and the socioeconomic diversity will be appreciated.

Up-and-coming illustrator: Keturah A. Bobo’s first book, I Am Enough, is a New York Times bestseller. She is a talented artist on the rise.

Near and dear to the author: Abdul-Razak Zachariah wrote this book—his debut—as part of his senior project at Yale. The setting is based on his own childhood home and his desire that African American kids have the chance to see themselves depicted on the pages of books.

Abdul-Razak Zachariah grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, and based the story’s apartment complex and community on his own. A graduate of Yale College, he was deeply involved in diversity and inclusion advocacy while there, and he received the Mellon Mays Research Fellowship and the Nakanishi Prize. He is currently working in college student recruitment and community partnerships at LEAP, a New Haven literacy organization. The Night Is Yours is his first book.

Author Residence: West Haven, CT

Keturah A. Bobo was born in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated with a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design. Many of her illustrations are empowering depictions of black women and girls. "As an artist," she says, "it is my duty to make art that inspires, uplifts, and advocates for my community. Nothing is more important in my art than this." Her first picture book, I Am Enough, is a New York Times bestseller.

Illustrator Residence: Columbus, OH

Marketing: Online and social media promotion

Feature at all School & Library conferences

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @keturahariel

Praise for The Night Is Yours:

* “Zachariah’s lyrical language aches to be read aloud and second-person narrative makes this a perfect book to share one-on-one or in storytime.” —School Library Journal, starred review

The Night Is Yours explores the beauty of the night and the innocence of childhood, making it a delightful story to share with young readers of all backgrounds.”—Booklist

Awards and Praise for Keturah Bobo’s I Am Enough:

A New York Times bestseller

“Beautifully illustrated…visually stunning.”—Kirkus

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