Nighttime Symphony

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About The Book

As a child readies for bed, the sounds of his family echo around him, soothing him to sleep. The steady beat of cars passing on the street outside and raindrops falling onto the roof above punctuate a rhythm created by the shouts of uncles over a barbecue, the clink of dishes washed by cousins, and a grandfather’s booming laughter. It all blends together to form the soundtrack of a child’s life—a soundtrack of love.

A musical read-aloud that tenderly captures the comforts of a loving home and family, Nighttime Symphony is as contemporary as it is timeless.

About The Authors

Photograph © Eric Ray Davis

Timbaland is a multi-platinum Grammy Award–winning producer and artist. His indelible imprint has stamped countless recordings with successful and legendary artists such as Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, Madonna, Missy Elliott, One Republic, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and many others. In 2006 he founded his music label, Mosley Music Group, and was also the producer for the hit TV series Empire. Timbaland currently lives in Florida with his family. Nighttime Symphony is his first book for children.

Photograph courtesy of the author

Christopher Myers is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. He won a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Harlem, and has received three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. Myers has illustrated many books written by his father, award-winning author Walter Dean Myers. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About The Illustrators

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Christopher Myers is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. He won a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Harlem, and has received three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. Myers has illustrated many books written by his father, award-winning author Walter Dean Myers. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Kaa Illustration is a studio based in Ho Chi Minh City comprised of illustrators Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien. Their stunning, vibrant illustrations are inspired by the folk culture of Vietnam and Asia. Visit them at KaaIllustration.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 14, 2019)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442454385
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® 740L

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Raves and Reviews

* “Sophisticated. . . . Brilliant golds, slate grays, and bright vermilion show passersby, a parade of umbrellas, and an elegant cityscape, and the sleek aesthetic gives the city’s wet streets and glowing windows all the surprising glamor of a thumping storm."

– Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Through rhyming couplets, an African American father teaches his son to look at a nighttime rainstorm in a positive manner instead of being frightened. . . . This optimistic poem has the ability to turn a potentially scary bedtime into an enjoyable, relaxing experience.”

– Booklist

"In this charming poem, Timbaland, Myers, and Kaa Illustration join forces to bring the music of the night to life. Full-page spreads of rich, digitally rendered illustrations mix harmoniously with the lyrical groove of the tapping of rain, rolling thunder, and honking cars create a treat for readers’ eyes and ears. . . . Beautiful illustrations and a soothing lullaby make this a solid purchase for school and public libraries."

– School Library Journal

“Timbaland's rhyming text is musical both in content and feel, the words beating out a rhythm as a father speaks comfortingly to his child. . . . The digital illustrations feature saturated colors—bright reds and yellows especially—that brighten up every rainy page, making the storm anything but dreary.”

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