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When Stars Arise
By (author): E.G. Alaraj Illustrated by: Martyna Czub
E.G. Alaraj ,

Illustrated by :

Martyna Czub


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:

Board book

Form detail:

Picture book, Adhesive bound, Self-covered
Board book , Picture book, Adhesive bound, Self-covered


Juvenile: Age (years) 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) P, Grade (US) P, Reading age 0 - 2
Apr 11, 2023
Print Run: 6000
$10.95 CAD


6in x 6 x 0.25 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

22 pages


10 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams
Picture storybooks: bedtime stories, sleep and dreams|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Stories in verse|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Rural and farm life|For children c 0–36 months
North America
Lone Stars Jr. Pick 2023, Commended
  • Short Description
A dusky rural landscape and comforting bedtime routine draw a child closer to sleep in this illustrated lullaby board book.
Do not sleep. Don’t close your eyes, until the twinkling stars arise.

“A stunning marriage of text and art that will linger with listeners as they slip into sleep...This melodic lullaby is warm and tender perfection.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Parents and children will enjoy winding down and snuggling into this slow, tender journey to bedtime.

The world grows restful, but don’t sleep yet, wait until the grassy meadow is quiet and the forest creatures are hidden away. Until the farm animals are snug in the barn and the toys are tidied in their proper spots. Until the bath warms your toes and the blanket tucks you in tightly. Only when we finish our story and the stars are in the sky is it time to sleep.

Calming, lyrical rhythms, pleasing repetition and dreamy watercolors make When Stars Arise a gentle lullaby that reinforces the bedtime routine.

Key Selling Points

  • This bedtime board book helps children transition from daytime activity to bedtime restfulness.
  • The story will appeal to children who like to do the opposite of what they’re asked, by directing them not to sleep.
  • Caregivers and children alike will enjoy a story that reinforces the bedtime routine while also drawing it out.
  • Depicting a steady, soothing, inevitable progression from the larger outdoor world of nature and play to the barnyard, home, bath and bed, When Stars Arise is warm and loving, observant and tender.

E.G. Alaraj grew up in the magical place that every child knows, where ideas look like pictures drawn from crayons, paint or ink and sound like stories from long ago and far away. The youngest of six girls in a homeschool family, she spent her childhood with her nose in storybooks, art books, music books, notebooks and trouble—especially trouble. In fact, she thinks trouble and imagination are best friends. E.G. lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Martyna Czub is an illustrator born in Poland. She graduated with a degree in art education and art therapy in Poland and moved to Canada in 2016, where she began her career as an artist. She loves to immerse herself in the world of stories and illustrations and is a big nature enthusiast. It is in nature that she constantly discovers new secrets and stories, which inspire her as she creates colorful and magical watercolor illustrations. Martyna lives in Western Shore, Nova Scotia.

Contributor Website

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

★“A stunning marriage of text and art that will linger with listeners as they slip into sleep...This melodic lullaby is warm and tender perfection.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“What a satisfying circularity from this team, providing reassurance for toddlers and preschoolers while offering parents or educators a natural path to explain how bedtime is bigger than one person’s wishes, but actually a rhythm of the universe...A sweet lullaby for story hour that could also kick off a discussion of diurnal and nocturnal rhythms.” - School Library Journal

“A tender little book you can easily welcome into your own little one’s bedtime routine. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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