Nightsong written by Ari Berk, illustrated by Loren Long
Simon & Schuster, September 25th, 2012
Chiro, a little bat, faces his first night alone. He is scared because he cannot see in the dark, but his mother tells him, "Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you." With this advice Chiro sets out into the frightening night, softly singing at the world around him. As his song brings awareness, it also banishes fear and soon Chiro's song becomes louder and his world expands in vivid detail. Long's scratchy black backgrounds capture the frightening shadows of trees and unknown things. Though it fits with the visual language he uses for Chiro and his mother, the contrast between adorable bat and dark night sets an immediate tone while the strong, layered colors reveal the vibrancy of Chiro's sound-sight. A story about vanquishing darkness and fear of the unknown, Nightsong will illuminate the imaginations of children and new graduates alike.