The Stars Will Be My Nightlight

A Sukkot Story

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

“Can we sleep in the sukkah?”

the son asks his mom. She worries that it will be cold and dark, and that it might rain. “But the stars will be my nightlight,” the boy says, to which the mom smiles.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Kindergarten
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2022-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017090, JUV013060
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 510
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Jen Halpern

Jen Halpern has been an educator for more than 25 years. She is the director of Agudas Achim Preschool in Alexandria, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and son. The Stars Will Be My Nightlight is her first book.

Illustrator: Chiara Fedele

Chiara Fedele was born in Milan, where she attended the Brera Academy. Her illustrations have appeared in many picture books, including Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam and The Rabbi and the Reverend: Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King Jr., and Their Fight Against Silence. Chiara also teaches drawing and painting techniques. She lives in Pavia, Italy.


  • Tablet Magazine's Best Jewish Children's Books of 2022, Winner, 2022


Jewish Book Council

“This pic­ture book is the per­fect bed­time sto­ry, invit­ing par­ents to cud­dle up with their lit­tle ones and cher­ish spe­cial time and tra­di­tions together.”—Jewish Book Council

Kirkus Reviews

“A tender tale of love and traditions.”—Kirkus Reviews

Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

“Beautiful.”—Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle