A Bed of Stars

By Jessica Love

From the acclaimed author-illustrator of Julian is a Mermaid comes a story of small moments between father and child that affirms the comfort of finding one’s place in the world.

“We’re going camping, you and me.” “Where?” I ask. “The desert,” says Dad. “To shake hands with the universe.” Going to bed each night can be dark and scary. The night sky stretches out endlessly, making one sensitive child feel small in comparison. So Dad comes up with a plan: a night of camping out in the desert. Together, the two load up Darlin’, the old pickup truck, and drive over the mountain with the radio on, stopping to shoot the breeze at a junkyard before setting up camp, jumping in sand dunes, and lying back to name all the birds they can see. After sunset, when the young thinker feels tiny against the vast sky, Dad knows just what to ask – and just what to say – to soothe away fears. Maybe this night spent under the stars (and a surprise from Mum and the baby later) are just what is needed to show that the universe is a friendly place.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529512762
  • Published: 04 May 2023
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 190 x 280 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'There is so much love and understanding in this beautiful story about finding your place in the universe.' Juno

'Soothing and reassuring.' the Bookseller

'A beautiful bedtime story but it is also a share anytime story. A celebration.' Armadillo Magazine

'This tender, reassuring story with its scattering of small word pictures, shows just how a parent’s empathy and undivided attention allows his child to gain a different perspective on the universe. Jessica Love’s delicate watercolour, gouache and ink illustrations convey both intimacy and vastness making this contemplative story perfect for bedtime sharing (or any time), especially for anyone experiencing a lack of confidence similar to that of the child narrator.' Red Reading Hub

'A Bed of Stars is a touching family story […] The relationship between father and son is sketched tenderly, reinforced by the straightforward text, as well as the effective, desert coloured, illustrations.' Just Imagine

'Featured in the Season Highlights for the Bookseller's Spring 2023 Children's Buyer's Guide' the Bookseller

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