Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Day's End Lullaby by mother and daughter

Karen Cioffi is a full time writer and co-author (with her daughter Roybn Feltman) of the sweet and gentle bedtime picture book, Day's End Lullaby. She is also the creator of Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children and is a member of SCBWI and Children's Writers Coaching Club. Karen lives in New York City with her husband, Donald.

Karen wrote the lullaby to the story over 30 years ago. Her firstborn didn’t like sleeping, so Karen sang it to her and paced the hallway carrying her to get her to sleep and again when she awoke in the middle of the night. Karen did the same thing with her second daughter, and it became a family lullaby. The lullaby became a book after Karen's first grandson came and her daughter and co-author, Robyn, thought it would make a great bedtime story.

Publisher: BookSurge

ISBN 13: 9781419691577
ISBN 1-4196-9157-0

Copyright © 2008 Karen Cioffi and Robyn Feltman

Soft cover
28 pages

Day’s End Lullaby is available for sale at Amazon, BookSurge, Alibris, and Abebooks. It is also available through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide such as Books in Print, Global Books in Print and Baker and Taylor.

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Morgan Mandel said...

It must have worked, so they wanted to share. Great idea.
Now more children can get a good night's sleep.

Morgan Mandel

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Hi, Morgan,

That's exactly what happened! We'll be working on a number of other picture books in the future.

And, thanks, Vivian, for hosting me this tour!

Vivian Zabel said...

I hope this new law doesn't destroy your plans to have many more children's books, Karen.

Helen Ginger said...

A wonderful idea to make up a new lullaby for your kids, then create the book.

I took standard lullabies and changed the ones that I thought were scary. For instance, in Rock a Bye Baby, the cradle never fell - daddy caught it.

elysabeth said...

It's always fun to have something the little ones can relate to and that they enjoy. I know some never tire of the lullabies and want them over and over and over.

Does music accompany the book? Like a CD of the music or do you have a tune that you just sing to? I'm just curious if you wrote music too. Thanks for sharing with us - E :)

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Hey, Vivian, I hope not.

Helen, I know. The old standard lullabies are actually frightening. I made mine sweet and soothing.

Elysabeth, I wrote the music also and the sheet music is included in the book.

I do have CDs of it for the family and I also have it on my website:
I know the url is long, I just couldn't think of a good name at the time.

There's a button to click to listen to the music - I think it's on the about the book page.