Project Description

The Night You Were Born

by Wendy McCormick
illustrated by Sophy Williams

A warm, reassuring story that sensitively addresses an older sibling’s feelings on the night when a baby is being born

Young Jamie has the difficult but important job of waiting at home while his sister is being born at the hospital. He waits and snuggles close to his Aunt Isabel as she joyfully recounts to Jamie what she did while she was waiting for Jamie to be born.

Author Wendy McCormick’s gentle, lyrical tone is colorfully rendered in Sophy Williams’s subtle, soft pastel illustrations.

This book is out of print

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-225-5
Publication Date: 6/1/2000
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/2 ̎ x 10-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English

AR Level: 3.1
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: Babies, Family, Memories, Siblings


“Williams’ realistic pastel pictures are beautifully rendered with soft edges and brilliant, intense hues. Many spreads have a warm, light-filled quality that visually conveys a theme expressed by Aunt Isabel when she tells Jamie, ‘We have to light the way for the new baby.’ Jamie’s anxieties and insecurities will have special meaning to children who are older siblings, but the story-within-a-story depicts a universal experience that all children can relate to.” ―Booklist

“The pastel illustrations are alive and satisfying. The density of color and richness of line complement the text. There is great movement and energy in the seaside scenes while the predominance of orange and red in the home environment creates a sense of warmth and safety. Both the art and text attain moments of poetic truth. A satisfying perspective on the anxious excitement generated while waiting for the birth of a child.” ―School Library Journal

“Altogether comforting, this picture book is a strong choice for sharing with any child whose family is expecting a new addition.” ―Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Wendy McCormick is the author of several children’s books, including Daniel and His Walking Stick and The Night You Were Born. She received a degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin and currently works at the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minnesota.

Meet the Illustrator

Sophy Williams is a highly acclaimed illustrator whose picture books for children include The Night You Were Born and When Grandma Came, which was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award in 1990. Williams lives in England.