Product Details
List Price:
3 to 6
P to 2
Trim Size:
10" x 9"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-212-5
Full-color illustrations
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Lyrical and soothing, this lullaby picture book prepares children for sleep by imagining what animals dream. With comforting rhyme, this lush bedtime book wishes a child the sweetest of dreams—animal dreams, wild and free. And what do animals see when they sleep? Chipmunks dream of digging deep burrows, puppies dream of long, waggy walks, and horses dream of wild, windy rides. But most of all, animals dream of all the fun and adventure the next day will bring. Gorgeous, serene illustrations combine with gentle words, creating a perfect story for transitioning from a busy day to a peaceful night.


“Sweetly imaginative, linguistically rich, and featuring enlivening vocabulary with lots of active verbs and new and interesting nouns and adjectives, this offers a fresh entry in the familiar canon of bedtime reads. Children will be delighted by the various animals' activities and the notion that feathered, furred, and scaly sleepers like themselves enjoy nothing better than dreaming of kids. A delightful answer to the oft-asked question, do animals dream?” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review  

“VanDerwater’s lullaby of a picture book… (has) well-crafted, undulating rhymes... a lovely bedtime sendoff for animal-loving children that will leave them with ample imaginative fodder for their own dreams. – Publishers Weekly  

“Footie pajamas, a stuffy, and a bed begin this bedtime tale… (that) invites readers to imagine what animals see in their dreams. This picture book, filled with vibrant colors, is a bedtime story that will delight young animal lovers. A soothing addition.” – School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is the author of children’s books including Forest Has A Song, Every Day Birds, Read! Read! Read!, Dreaming Of You, and With My Hands: Poems About Making Things as well as professional book Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres?. A former fifth grade teacher, Amy has taught writing for nineteen years and blogs for teachers and students at The Poem Farm and Sharing Our Notebooks. Visit

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Meet the Illustrator

Aaron DeWitt

Aaron DeWitt is the illustrator of Dreaming of You by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and of several Hallmark children's books, including All the Ways I Love You by Theresa Trinder. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit him at

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