The House in the Night

written by Susan Marie Swanson
illustrated by Beth Krommes


A little girl is given a key to a house, and while exploring the rooms, she finds a book about a bird --a bird that soon comes to life and takes her on a journey through the starry night.

It's the illustrations that make this title such a standout! The storyline isn't particularly special. It does have the nice, comforting rhythm often found in cumulative tales, but it's really the illustrations that steal the show. Flecked with gold and alive with texture, the stunning scratchboard illustrations are truly captivating.



Booklist called it "a beautiful piece of bookmaking." Agree!  If you use this book as a read aloud, but be sure to also provide a copy for independent reading, as kids will have to see this book up close to be truly captivated by its magic!


Awards Won by this book

     * Caldecott Medal -- 2009
     * Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books
     * Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2008
     * New York Public Library Best Books for Sharing List


Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 1              Lexile Measure: 60L


See Inside this book

Below is a sample pages from inside this book. A computer screen is a poor substitute for a glossy, luminous page in a picture book. Our little version here pales in comparison to the originals, but at least it can give you an idea. :)


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This book won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for best children's books. Check out our list of all the books that have won the Caldecott Award.