The Longest, Darkest Night!

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Peter B. Lewis’s The Longest, Darkest Night! tells the uplifting tale of a total eclipse of the moon, as seen through the eyes of a group of nocturnal forest animals, on a magical, mysterious night in December 2010.

With rich, beautiful illustrations by famed Pacific Northwest artist Leslie W. LePere, The Longest, Darkest Night! tells a fascinating story, poetically told by Lewis, that depicts the beauty of the forest and the night sky, as well as the awe and excitement of the animals watching the eclipse take place. The book’s sing-along interactivity is a delightful feature that offers even more fun and engagement for young readers.

The Longest, Darkest Night! is a stunning tribute to the wonders of nature, and (best of all) it provides an easy look at the celestial cycles of the Earth, Sun, and Moon, in a story that feels like a modern folktale while helping children to understand universal themes that include the fear of the unknown, as well as the importance of collaboration, hope, generosity and listening to the wisdom of your elders.

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A Wonderful STEM-Based Educational Resource

The best part? The Longest, Darkest Night! is also a wonderful STEM-based learning experience, including superlative, peer-reviewed scientific notes about the moon, celestial cycles and eclipses, plus interesting facts about nature and nocturnal animals, plus coloring pages —all of which add to the richness and value of the story.

Topics in the book include: How the moon was formed, lunar scientific facts, a list of nocturnal animals and much more, along with many links to facilitate further personal scientific exploration by students.

The science of The Longest, Darkest Night! has been peer-reviewed for accuracy by the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington.

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“'The Longest, Darkest Night!' is a wonderful, sweet fable about community, filled with easy to understand science! One boy said it was a magical time. I heartly agree!"

— Marletta Iwasyk, 50-year veteran Kindergarten teacher,
Orca K-8, Seattle Public Schools

“Peter B. Lewis's writing and Leslie W. LePere's wonderful illustrations combine to make The 'Longest, Darkest Night!' storytelling at its best!"

— G. Crow

“LePere’s radiant illustrations of the animals, trees, and colorful changes of the moon seamlessly complement Lewis’s words. Attentive readers will enjoy tracking the visual progression of the eclipse across each page, while Lewis’s explanation of the phenomenon is clear and easy to understand."

— BookLife Review (as seen in Publisher's Weekly)

“This is a great STEM fit for 2nd and 3rd grade science modules on eclipses. I also appreciate the author's use of considerate language when introducing new words, for example, 'nocturnal.'"

— Marcia Pettersen, Retired 3rd Grade Teacher

“The scientific notes look really good. Everything is correct, and the explanations are nice and clear."

— The University of Washington, Dept. of Astronomy (Seattle, WA)