Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep (Hardcover)

By Katie Blackburn, Richard Smythe (Illustrator)

HarperCollins, 9780062564269, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


For fans of the bestselling phenomenon The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, Katie Blackburn’s Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep is an innovative, beautiful, and rhythmic picture book about a little bear named Dozy who wanted to sleep but didn’t know how…

Combining proven sleep and relaxation techniques with Richard Smythe’s gorgeous, dreamlike illustrations, this is the perfect companion for any parent who wants to turn naptime or bedtime into a calming experience.

About the Author

Katie Blackburn is the author of Where the Wild Moms Are, a humorous homage to the children’s bestseller Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Katie lives in London with her husband and young child. Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep is her first children’s book.

Richard Smythe received his master of fine arts degree in illustration in 2010 and has since been working for a variety of clients internationally. His favorite subject to illustrate is animals, and he loves inventing characters and telling stories. You can visit him at

Praise For Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep

“Plenty of anticipated repetition and interaction lace Blackburn’s inviting and almost hypnotizing narrative....A soothing story for little ones with difficulties settling down for the night.”
— Booklist

“The mellow illustrations reinforce the text’s gentle progression toward sleep as they transition from the warm colors of sunset into the soft and cool hues of night....parents whose children struggle to fall asleep may benefit from integrating this story into the bedtime routine.”
— School Library Journal