Hush Up and Hibernate

Hush Up and Hibernate
by Sandra Markle  (Author), Howard McWilliam (Illustrator)
Children’s / Picture Book
ages 3-8
36 Pages


I have a mom confession… My child never sleeps. He never has. Oh, a few hours here and there, but honestly you could say that at 17, he still doesn’t sleep through the night. Of course, as a teen, he is better at keeping himself occupied when he inevitably wakes up than he was at age 4. I have lived the eat, drink, uncomfortable bed, can’t find the Lovey dance on many occasions. Still, this book had me laughing, because EVERY parent knows Mama Bear’s pain.

Of course, this book isn’t really about bedtime. It is about sneaking fun animal and nature facts into little brains. The book is choc full of them. Mama explains the reasons bears and other animals hibernate, and why some don’t. In addition the gorgeous illustrations beautifully capture the turn of colorful autumn into the white of winter.

This book does double duty as a great bedtime story and of fun early reader for classtime about winter and hibernation. There is also a section in the back of the book offering facts about bear hibernation, animals who hibernate, and the characteristics of a bear den. This will be a book that preschoolers and lower elementary kids will love to read time and again.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


Leaves are falling, a cold wind is blowing, geese are heading south. Clearly, winter is coming. It’s time for black bears to do what they always do this time of year―hibernate. Kids will get a kick out of this romp of a tale about a black bear cub that finds every excuse imaginable to avoid the inevitable go-to-bed moment. Will Mama Bear finally win? Or will Baby Bear come up with the ultimate reason to skip going to sleep?


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About the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of more than 200 books for children, such as A Mother’s Journey (Charlesbridge, 2006), How Many Baby Pandas (Walker, 2009), The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs(Millbrook, 2011), and Butterfly Tree (Peachtree Publishing, 2011). She has won numerous awards for this work, including Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices, NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, SB& F finalist, John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers, Junior Library Guild Selection, Orbis Pictus Recommended Book, Charlotte Zolotow Award, and MORE. She was honoured with the title of “Best of Children’s Non-Fiction” Georgia Author of the Year award five times and was named one of 1999’s Women of the Year by Women in Technology International for her contributions to science and technology. In addition to her books, Sandra Markle has developed science specials for CNN and PBS. She is also noted for developing On-Line Expedition: Antarctica, one of the first on-line educational programs and continued adding further on-line reports from Antarctica while working on book projects in 1996 and 1999 as a grantee for the National Science Foundation’s Artists and Writers Program. Sandra lives in Florida.

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Howard McWilliam is the illustrator of I Need My Monster, by Amanda Noll, and When A Dragon Moves In, by Jodi Moore. Howard left his career as a U.K. magazine editor and journalist in 2005 to concentrate on his growing career as a cartoonist and illustrator. He has won various awards and competitions for his work and has been published in a wide range of U.K. magazines and newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph and The Week. He lives in Kingston Upon Thames, England, with his wife, Rebecca.

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