Spring 2024

Good Night, Good Beach

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 1
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

An evocative bedtime picture book that distills the essence of a family summer at the beach—skin sticky with salt, sandy feet, waves hush-hushing and a shell under the pillow.

Summer holidays by the sea have a rhythm all their own. With a few resonant images, Cowley takes us straight to the end of a long hot day with beach treasures under the pillow and the salty smell of the sea. The cadence of the final words echoes the shushing waves in a gentle signal of time for readers to sleep—"good day, good sea, good sand, good night."

This simple poem by internationally-renowned author Joy Cowley transports the reader to a childhood summer with language that asks to be read over and over. Hilary Jean Tapper’s warm watercolor and ink illustrations add an inclusive cast of extended family, friends, and children of different ages.

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On pre-order until 05/07/2024
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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 28
Publication Date 2024-05-07
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JUV057000, JUV010000, JUV068000
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.8 x 9.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand's best-loved writers for children and adults, with an international reputation. She has won a multitude of awards and honors for her bestselling books and was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

Illustrator: Hilary Jean Tapper

Hilary Jean Tapper is an illustrator and creative arts therapist. Her picture books include What To Say When You Don't Know What to Say (by Davina Bell), ABIA Children's Picture Book of the Year, 2023.



“Tapper’s illustrations, simple yet lively ink drawings with soft watercolor washes, are particularly evocative of a child’s beach experience. . . A pleasing, summery picture book.”—Booklist