This beautifully illustrated book describes a Jewish family’s daylong outing to the ocean, the forest, and the fields. While the kids explore the great outdoors, their parents plant saplings as an act of tikkun olam. As the day wears on, the kids get tired and the elements soothe them to sleep with a song of “good night, laila tov.” The illustrations are gorgeous, with subtle indications of Jewish content like a Magen David around one of the children’s necks and a menorah in the window. The words of the book are a lilting poem that is easy to read and doesn’t feel forced or contrived.
Author Laurel Snyder, a mother of two, is no stranger to publishing, with two other children’s books to her name as well as three novels. A keen wanderer in the natural world, she partnered with California illustrator Jui Ishida, a parent whose work has also appeared in other children’s books. The result, in Good Night, Laila Tov, is a sweet lullaby with lots of interesting, colorful details on the page to hold the interest of kids age two through five.