By Shawn Dougherty, Illustrated by Leah Busch



40 Pages, 11 x 8.5

Formats: Hardcover

Hardcover, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9781936669608

Price: $17.99
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Awoken by his friend Owl in the quiet hours of the night, a boy ventures out to his special place in the forest. Owl is waiting there, along with Oak and Moon, and together they teach the boy about the sacred power of nature to connect all things. Filled with striking watercolor illustrations and poetic text, Wake is a quiet celebration of our bond with the natural world.


"Wake is rich with old-soul wisdom and young-soul wonder. I want to stay up all night till dawn for the first time in many years." —Jim Borgman, Pulitzer Prize winner and co-creater, "Zits"

"WAKE is a book to cherish and share with a child, as you, too, are invited into the interconnected world Nature offers us all." —Barbara Gray, Around Cincinnati, WVXU

"Wake is unique, extraordinary, and unfailingly entertaining from cover to cover – making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections." —Midwest Book Review

"Rough splashes of paint give the pages a hazy, dreamlike quality that dovetails with the whispers of the oak and owl the boy hears . . . . Though not a restful story, per say, it's a contemplative reminder of the intense connections one can make with nature." —Publishers Weekly

"Watercolors from Leah Busch complement the boy's quiet inner musings as he expresses his love, respect, and wonder at the world around him, marveling as the northern lights and star-filled sky softly fade, and embracing the dawning light of the morning sun." —Foreword Reviews

"Dougherty's poetic text appeals to the senses, immersing readers in the child's experiences." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Leah Busch is an artist from Cincinnati, OH. She has won numerous awards including for her Toast to Baby children's book series. Other illustration credits include the best-selling Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug. Shawn Dougherty is a teacher and writer in Cincinnati. She and her husband, Gary Busch, are the parents of three (including author/illustrator Leah Busch) and grandparents of five…and counting.