You're Safe With Me

From the Series Lantana Global Picture Books

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A gentle bedtime tale to lull little ones to sleep, with artwork that twinkles like the night sky.

When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them, “You’re safe with me.”

WINNER of the 3-Star Teach Early Years Award 2019. Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 shortlist. A Guardian Children’s Book of the Month. A Junior Library Guild Selection.

“A perfect bedtime picture book. A sleep-time staple for toddlers”—The Guardian

“This beautiful bedtime book is a feast for the eyes and a warm, cozy blanket for the imagination. I felt as though I had been sung a lullaby, while being given a huge hug”—Tales on Moon Lane

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-06-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002340, JUV010000, JUV030020
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 560
ATOS Reading Level 2.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 193552
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Teaching Guides


  • Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year, Winner, 2019
  • 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Longlist, Long-listed, 2019


Wall Street Journal

“Motherly consolation meets folkloric Indian artwork in ’You’re Safe With Me,’ a picture book by Chitra Soundar with striking illustrations by Poonam Mistry.”—Wall Street Journal


“A stunning, reassuring bedtime story.”—starred, Booklist

Shelf Awareness

“Chitra Soundar’s text has the rhythm of a song, with call-like verses and response-like ’You’re safe with me’ chorus.”—starred, Shelf Awareness

Kirkus Reviews

“With its short, rhythmic text and its rich, embellished, shiny pages with animals, flowers, and trees just waiting to be discovered, this is a reassuring yet inventive bedtime book.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British author and storyteller. She has published more than 30 books and is inspired by the rich heritage of epics and folktales from India as well as India's natural beauty.

Illustrator: Poonam Mistry

Poonam Mistry is a UK-based freelance illustrator with a degree in graphic design and illustration. Her work is heavily influenced by nature, folklore, and traditional Indian art. Poonam was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2019.

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Lantana Global Picture Books

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