Lion Lullaby

by Kate Banks (Author) Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Little lions everywhere listen to evening's sounds.  The wind is crying. Trees are sighing. It's time to run along home. The sun begins to set on the savanna, and ten little lions must find their way home before dark. One by one, lion cubs emerge from trees, past bouncing monkeys and braying zebras. They cross a stream, watch a herd of thundering wildebeest, and explore the darkening beauty of the landscape. As the moon rises, ten little lion cubs curl up together just in time for bedtime, under their mothers' watch in a space that is cozy and warm.

Kate Banks's gorgeously melodic text, paired with Lauren Tobia's charming illustrations, create a lullaby to ensure the sweetest of dreams.

Kirkus Reviews

Ideal bedtime read-aloud. 

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Kate Banks
Kate Banks in the author of many acclaimed books for children, including The Night Worker, a Charlotte Zolotow Award-winning book, and If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for picture books. She of her best-loved titles include Max's Words, illustrated by Boris Kulikov, called imaginative in a starred review from School Library Journal; The Bear in the Book, illustrated by Georg Hallenslaben, called enchanting by the Wall Street Journal, and recipient of multiple starred reviews; City Cat, illustrated by Lauren Castillo; and many more. Visit her on the web at or on Twitter @katebanksbooks.

Naoko Stoop is the self-taught illustrator of the New York Times Best Illustrated The Red Knit Cap Girl, the sequels Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue and Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree, and several other books for children. She has also recently signed on to illustrate an upcoming book by Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell. Visit her on the web at or on Twitter @naokosstoop.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
January 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV002150 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV009030 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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