The Dark Was Done

by Lauren Stringer (Author) Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)

The Dark Was Done
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Teach little ones about overcoming fears and appreciating the beauty in all things--even the dark--with this poignant picture book about finding wonder in the nighttime.

Everyone was afraid of the Dark and pushed it away, wishing the Dark would leave. So one day, the Dark left and did not return. The Dark was done. At first, nobody misses the Dark. But a young boy starts to miss creatures of the night: crickets singing and owls hooting and bats flying. He decides to go look for the Dark. One by one, others who miss the Dark and all its creatures and mysteries and magic join in. Can they find a way to bring back the Dark?

Kirkus Reviews

Bedtime fears? Meet your match in this tale of a cuddly, anthropomorphized darkness.
Lauren Stringer
Lauren Stringer has illustrated many celebrated picture books, including Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray; The Princess and Her Panther by Wendy Orr; Scarecrow and Snow, both written by Cynthia Rylant; as well as her own Winter Is the Warmest Season, When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky, and Dark Was Done. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit her at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Beach Lane Books
Publication date
September 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV029000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | General
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV012030 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Light and darkness

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