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While You’re Sleeping

Mick Jackson

Illustrated by John Broadley

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654650

Price: £ 12.99

Publication date: 3 September 2020

ISBN: 9781843654919

ASIN: 9781843654919

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Publication date: 8 September 2020

Category: Picture Books

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A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books award 2021 winner and runner-up at the Queen’s Knickers award 2022.


Have you ever wondered what’s happening in the world while you’re asleep in your bed?

There’s a whole world of activity out there – from bakers preparing bread and cakes for your table and firefighters waiting patiently for a call, to hospitals helping people have babies and caring for those who are ill. There are lorry drivers making deliveries of food, flowers, toys and more, and postal workers sorting the mail for your morning delivery. There’s also wildlife such as foxes foraging, bats flying, and owls hunting for prey. And then around the world there are children who are playing, learning, eating and reading while you’re tucked up fast asleep.

This is the perfect book for bedtime, opening up a whole world of wonder and imagination for children, and providing food for the imagination if they wake in those early hours. Beautifully written, with lyrical prose, the illustrations are packed with detail.


Mick Jackson is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter from Lancashire, UK. His first novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has recently started writing for children.


ABOUT THE Illustrator

John Broadley has been active in illustration and small press publishing since the mid 1990s. He works mostly in pen and ink and collage. His work has recently been used to decorate the interiors, menus and branding for Quo Vadis restaurant Soho. He has designed a range of packaging and ceramics for the Fine Cheese Company and also wine labels for Gabb Family, Berry Bros & Rudd, and Fortnum & Mason. John has illustrated several food and historically themed books, as well as many magazines. While You’re Sleeping is his first children’s book.



'Boasting intricate illustrations that bring night-time to life, Jackson's beautiful book details a whirl of nocturnal activity.'

Waterstones, 'Best Picture Books of 2020'

'A beautiful, unusual picture that opens the curtains to the night-time world ...  It’s beautiful to look at, a glimpse into another world, and will be wonderful to share with young readers, particularly at bedtime.'

'A superbly imaginative and brilliantly illustrated book… a verbal and visual feast of fascinating facts and evocative illustrations… An enchanting journey from night to day.'

'This charming, soothing book, full of timeless illustrations, opens up a whole world of wonder and imagination.'

'The illustrations here are SUBLIME, with a timeless feel ... Serene and soporific, this is such a calming bedtime read. It may help to allay any fear of the dark, and will resonate with those who work at night, as well as parents who’re awake with children. A bedtime book to treasure.'

'Beautifully and poetically captures everything that goes on as a small child sleeps… its diverse richness opens up a wonderful, wakeful world to ponder while drifting to sleep.'

'To open this book is like opening a gorgeous box full of jewels – each page is stunning – so too are the endpapers, the cover: the entire production in fact and to read it is like being shown around a gallery by a wise, gently spoken curator eager to open our eyes to how the world works.'

'Mesmerising illustrations fill this gorgeous book perfect for sharing at bedtime, or anytime. So much to talk about in these pages, which together make a work of art, perfect as a special gift.'

'This book is a true gem ... This exquisitely illustrated book will jumpstart imaginations as it opens up a whole new world for kids!'

'A wonderfully illustrated book which shows children what might go on while they’re sleeping.'

'A feast for the eyes ... an entrancing book'

'Will spark the imaginations and bring to life a world of activity children might not realise existed! Utterly fascinating with mesmerising illustrations… Particularly poignant at this time, this is a great book to bring new perspective on the world we live in and celebrate the people who help us.'

The Book Activist

'An exquisitely illustrated and comforting bedtime book... The unique illustrations are absolutely stunning, with a timeless quality, intricate details, and soft muted colours... which perfectly accompany the lyrical prose.'

Little Library Owl

'Gorgeous... The beautiful illustrations are so cleverly done, with muted colours to inspire a dreamy mood... A truly lovely lullaby to help any troubled sleepers.'

'A terrific picture book ...  John Broadley’s artwork is incredible: scenes mesmerisingly alive with texture and detail and with soft echoes of Eric Ravilious.'

Books for Keeps

'As a skittish, insomniac child, I would have adored this book'


'An excellent collaboration ... The world of the book is friendly and reassuring. The words of the book are calm and wise. The book itself is an object of beauty; the cover, the end papers and the production quality all do justice to the gorgeous, richly detailed illustrations ... Its calm and soothing tone are perfect, and its diverse richness opens up a wonderful, wakeful world to ponder while drifting to sleep'

Just Imagine

'Highly detailed imagery ... An original concept that will capture the imagination with its intriguing cover ... and the calm, undramatic text will soothe and comfort'

Barbara Braxton

'A book that stands out for its very original approach to the illustrations ... utterly unique and there is an otherworldly quality to the artwork ... the illustrations are so rich with detail, that you will have plenty of room to meander through this book.'


'Beautifully written, with lyrical prose, the illustrations are packed with detail'

Indie Book Club

'A beautiful book to behold ... something quite special. With outstanding illustrations and a beautiful non-fiction text woven into a narrative, it makes a perfect bedtime read'

Just Imagine


  • While You’re Sleeping Resource Pack For Book Groups & Key Stage 1 Teachers

    This pack includes discussion points and activities designed for use with KS1 children.