My first read of the challenge comes from widely-published author David A. Adler, but it's Kay Chorao's illustrations that caught my attention in this bedtime lullaby.
I love the way her color illustrations mirror the shadow images of the parents tucking the child to bed. Chorao does this over several pages and the effect is that of a child finding peace and rest through the year, each image capturing a passing season. It made the book quite memorable, which is always a nice quality to have from the first book of a reading challenge.
PS: Moments after sharing this post on Twitter, author pal Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen tweeted this:
@MatthewWinner Ummm, those parents look like they're making a babyAnd now my brain won't let me un-see that image. Oh, the joys of the Shelf Challenge!
— Sudipta B-Q (@SudiptaBQ) April 2, 2014