Creative Kids, From Featured Moms

5+ Great Bedtime Books for Little Sleepyheads from Abigail Samoun, Children’s Book Agent

November 13, 2014 Creative Kids, From Featured Moms

We asked this week’s featured mom, book editor and agent Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary for some of her favorite books to read to her son:

Since five isn’t enough to include all the books by my foxies (as I like to call my clients), I won’t include any on the list (it’s a bit like picking your favorite kid). I won’t include classics either, since everyone knows those. These are recently published books that both Tristan and I love and find ourselves reading over and over again at bedtime.







1) The Quiet Book 

by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska:

This is such a beautiful pairing of art and text. The language is poetic yet childlike and the gorgeous illustrations create a whole little world for the story to inhabit.






2) One

by Kathryn Otoshi

With brilliant economy, Otoshi explores three concepts in a single book: colors, numbers, AND how to deal with a bully.







3) Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating 

by Alice Weaver Flaherty, illustrated by Scott Magoon

A charming Scottish yarn, illustrated by one of my favorite contemporary illustrators








4) The Little Red Fish

by Tae-eun Yoo

Tristan and I play at finding the red fish amid Yoo’s sepia-toned engravings. A quiet, moody story told mostly in the illustrations. I fell in love with Yoo’s work as an editor and eagerly await each new book of hers.






5) Little Blue Truck Board Book

by Alice Schertle by Jill McElmurry

Rhyme, when it’s well done (which is actually very hard to do) is a lot of fun to read out loud. McElmurry’s art has a fun retro feel of old Golden Books. Tristan loves to join in with the animal sounds.

Thanks to Abi for sharing these great books. In addition to being an amazing editor and agent, she’s also a children’s book author! Here are the books she’s written, also perfect for storytime with your little ones!







1. How Hippo Says Hello! (Little Traveler Series)

Bonjour, konnichiwa, hola, HELLO! Friendly Hippo takes a trip around the world to seven different countries, and everywhere he goes, he cheerily greets people in their native language.







2. How Gator Says Good-bye! (Little Traveler Series)

How many ways can Gator say “good-bye?” Find out, as he travels from China, Japan, and India, to Egypt, Russia, and France, and finally to Argentina and back home again to San Francisco.







3. How Penguin Says Please! (Little Traveler Series) (Available May 2015)

Join Penguin as she enjoys pastries in France, explores the Hermitage in Russia, sees Mount Fuji in Japan and the Pyramids in Egypt, buys fish in China, sips chai in India, visits relatives in Argentina—and remembers her manners everywhere she goes!







4. How Tiger Says Thank You! (Little Traveler Series) (Available May 2015)

Spasibo, arigato, shukran, merci! Tiger’s taking a trip—and everywhere she goes, from the market in Moscow to a boat on Egypt’s Nile River, she says “thank you” to the friendly people she meets.


Abigail Samoun was an in-house children’s book editor for over ten years, working on a wide range of projects, from board books to young adult novels. Her books received such honors as the CCBC Charlotte Zolotow award, the New York Public Library Ezra Jack Keats award, and the Pura Belpre. In 2011, Abigail made the transition from editing to agenting, co-founding Red Fox Literary with Karen Grencik. She is the author of three children’s books, What’s In Your Purse? (Chronicle Books, 2014) and How Gator Says Goodbye and How Hippo Says Hello (Sterling Publishing, 2014) and one Kickstarter project, Mind Afire: The Visions of Tesla, an illustrated biography of Nikola Tesla with art by Elizabeth Haidle.

Abigail likes to organize her library according to which authors would get along well together (the Brontës next to George Elliot, Lois Lowry next to Margaret Atwood). She’s shelved all her Tesla books next to Mark Twain’s so that the old friends can keep each other company. Abigail lives in Sonoma, California with her entomologist husband, two dogs, a gaggle of chickens, and a curious little boy named Tristan. Visit or read our featured mom interview with Abi.

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