New Children’s Book Highlights the Pioneer Valley
Night Night Valley
Children’s Picture Book Highlights the Pioneer Valley
If you’re raising kids in western Massachusetts, Night Night Valley, a sweet children’s book based in and around the Pioneer Valley, is a must-read for your little ones at bedtime. Written by Jennifer S. Page and illustrated by Rachel A. Chapman (both of Amherst, MA), Night Night Valley travels through our local landscape as night time arrives. Your children will recognize many of the water-color illustrations that depict life in western Massachusetts.
Local food is highly valued by many families, and the book begins with a nod to our many farmers’ markets and open areas for picnicking. Subtle referencing to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art are made with illustrations of butterflies and “hungry caterpillars.” Local parks like Look Park, Groff Park and Holyoke Heritage State Park will peak your child’s interests with recognition and encouragement to begin the journey towards sleep.
“The Kids at Look Park have all gone to bed. ‘We had so much fun on the train ride,’ they said.”
And if your child hasn’t yet made a visit to these locations, they have possibly seen the many landmarks this delightful bedtime story references, like Mt. Pollux, the Connecticut River, downtown Amherst & Northampton, and apple orchards.
“Downtown is so quiet, no traffic right now. The farmer has said good night to his plow.”
- Night Night Valley. Written by Jennifer S. Page and illustrated by Rachel A. Chapman. Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (February 14, 2014). 28 pp. ISBN: 9781480079908