“Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep”

In their timeless picture book Sleep, Black Bear, SleepJane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple have crafted a gentle and cozy lullaby – complemented by the equally cozy illustrations of Brooke Dyer – that is perfect for before-bedtime reading.

The music for my cozy lullaby harkens back to Classical origins, an echo of my early years taking piano lessons with John Thompson’s Modern Course for the Piano.

Beginning with a simple melody, the composition “Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep” has developed into a sweet choral piece for elementary children’s choir, as well as a story-song to accompany the book.

Grab your blankie and snuggle up!


“Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep”
(Excerpt of synthesized recording of children’s choral piece, music only)


Cover image of Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple