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Night Wishes

Written by Matt Forrest Esenwine & illustrated by Jen Corace
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How would a clock, nightlight, or teddy bear say good night? In this enchanting poetry collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and thirteen other poets imagine the wishes whispering through a young girl’s bedroom as she falls asleep. The bookshelf’s stories curl through her head; the pillow transforms into a hot air balloon; the rocking horse waits expectantly for tomorrow’s adventures. Stunning gouache illustrations by Jen Corace offer new details to discover with every reading. Perfect for bedtime reading and re-reading, “Night Wishes” will transport young readers into a wonderful, whimsical world of dreams.

Includes poems by… Rebecca Kai Dotlich Matt Forrest Esenwine Jude Mandell Prince Redcloud Alice Schertle Joyce Sidman Eileen Spinelli Irene Latham Lee Bennett Hopkins Nikki Grimes Deborah Ruddell Darren Sardelli Renee LaTulippe

What Kind of Book is Night Wishes

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • The items inside a child’s room are all saying “good night,” each in their own, special way. What would you tell the child if you were a bed, lamp, special toy, and pet? What items in your own room were not in this book, and how do you think they would say “good night?”

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Who Wrote Night Wishes

Matt Forrest Esenwine

As a Vermont and New Hampshire radio broadcaster, Matt Forrest Esenwine spent a good part of his time writing and producing commercials and comedy bits. He also wrote poetry, which was published in various national journals and anthologies including the Donald Hall tribute, “Except for Love” (Encircle, 2019).

Little did Matt know all this short-form writing would lead to his debut picture book, “Flashlight Night” (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2017), which received numerous positive reviews including a Kirkus star, and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the Best Books for Kids 2017. Other picture books include “Don’t Ask a Dinosaur” (POW! Kids, 2018), co-authored with Deborah Bruss, “Once Upon Another Time” (Beaming Books, 2021), co-authored with Charles Ghigna, and others.

Meanwhile, his children’s poetry can be found in anthologies like “The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry” (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015), “Construction People” (Wordsong, 2019) and ‘Highlights for Children’ magazine. Feel free to connect with Matt at

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Who Illustrated Night Wishes

Jen Corace

nuts and bolts:

from southern new jersey, graduated from risd with a bfa in illustration in 1996, lives and works in providence, ri, hates sopping wet paper. it makes her gag.

odds and sods:

first dream job was to be a bumper car operator (it could still happen), loves breakfast, loves breakfast for dinner more, loves biking, loves walking more, loves a lot of music but could easily listen to belle and sebastian or the wedding present all day long. non stop.

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