Bedtime is here, but Jade is much too scared to fall asleep—who knows what could be hiding in the dark? Jade lets her imagination run away from her, dreaming up all kinds of scary monsters, until she is sure she won’t be able to sleep at all.
Luckily, Jade is very brave.
Join Jade as she learns how to overcome her biggest fear and discovers that the dark isn’t so frightening after all.
Jade Braves the Dark is an imaginative story that encourages children to overcome their fear of the dark. Suitable as both a nighttime read-aloud for younger kids and an engaging self-read story for older readers.
"This was a beautiful bedtime story, perfectly made for little ones who get distracted and scared by all the things that could be in their room when they fall asleep. The illustrations helped to tell the story, and added a certain magic...a great addition to a child’s bedtime story collection.
T.S.- Kindergarten Teacher"
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This was a really cute children’s book! I picked it up because I love to see dark skinned main characters in kids books because that was not easy to find when I was a kid! I thought it was a sweet book! It hard to find fault in such a small adorable book! I think that for the target audience it is perfect!
An appealing, colourful book in which the main character overcomes fears of the dark. I loved the white on purple text and the illustrations. The text is clear and simple to understand. I think it will appeal to under 10s though I have reservations about the early suggestions of things to be feared within the book might prime a child’s overactive imagination instead of settling the child to sleep. Maybe one to read during the day with some discussion with an adult rather than at bedtime.
This children's book is about a little girl called Jade who is scared of the dark while she is in her bed trying to get to sleep. The moonlight comes and lights up her room, showing her that there is nothing to be scared of and then she is able to go to sleep peacefully. My daughter and I enjoyed this book and it helped her to see that she doesn't need to be afraid when it's dark at bedtime. The illustrations of the book were lovely and the writing was good. Thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This story is about a little girl called Jade who is a little afraid of the dark, and conjures up all beings under her bed that may be lurking there. She finds solace in the moon that gives just enough light for her to feel magical and get to sleep. Lovely little story and the illustrations were really cute too.
“It was nice and also the girl is so cute and her little doll looks like her; look, their bows match. This book would make kids not afraid of the dark.” - 9yo reviewer
Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for granting me early access to Jade Braves the Dark in exchange for an honest review. Jade Braves the Dark is a cute story about a little girl named Jade and how she learns not to be afraid of her room at night in the dark. Her adorable fears are universal, and I think just about every kid who reads or hears this book will relate. Hopefully, that also means this book will help if they're also afraid of the dark! My only critique is that the lines of text seem to have been broken where they look most visually pleasing, rather than where the natural pause would come when reading an ABCB rhyming verse. The illustrations are beautiful! I could look at them all day.
This is a great book to read to a child who may be having issues going to sleep at night, or fears in the dark. It's a sweet story about how the moon helps a girl conquer her fears of the dark. The illustrations were lovely. I think this book would be great to read to a toddler, up to age 5 little girl.
A lovely little story, beautifully told both in the lyrical text and especially the wonderful pictures.
As night falls Jade fears all the unknown sounds and shadows in her room. Her imagination runs wild as she can only see the worst scenarios in her head. But a unique surprise shows her how to brave the night. This book has vivid, dark pictures showing us what a little girl sees during bedtime. This book was entertaining for my 5 year old with the rhyming sentences and understanding how things tend to look different than what we imagine them to be. Great story and would recommend to any child who fears the dark.
For the last couple of years, I've made this conscious effort to start reading children's books. I know how much I loved reading, as a child, and I was curious to see what sort of topics are being brought up these days. I'm going to be honest here. Growing up it was rare to find a book that had characters who look like me. I love that its becoming common to see a little black girl on a book cover, and that's what initially drew me to this book. Jade braves the Dark is a beautifully illustrated book about a little girl who's terrified of what may be lurking in her bedroom at night. I think children who will read this will find comfort in knowing that they aren't alone in being afraid of the dark. On each page Jade's mind runs wild with all of the possible creatures hiding in her room, but at the end, she realizes it was all in her mind. This book felt very whimsical, and I can't wait to purchase a physical copy.
This was such a lovely book. It was so lovely to see a black girl as the main character in a picture book. The illustrations were beautiful (and scary!) and really complemented the story. I enjoyed the rhyme scheme which made it a lovely, easy read for kids.
Oh, this book was a joy. I loved the premise, and I loved the execution even more. The art is beautiful and matches the writing extremely well. This wasn't your typical 'afraid of the dark' book and I enjoyed that! I am not a huge fan of star ratings, as everyone uses stars differently. (Some of my absolute favourite books didn't get 5 stars because of pacing or prose or lack of a diverse cast.) - if I have to rate this it would be a 4!
This was an amazing story. My daughter really enjoyed the characters and their journey. I can’t wait to tell my mom friends about this book for their children
Great, rhyming book, helping kids face their fears and encouraging them to use their imagination to find a solution instead of feeding the fear. I loved the illustrations, there were colorful and did a great job of highlighting the text. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.
Jade Braves the Dark is beautifully illustrated and written for young children. The author captures all the things that might go through a young child's mind when the lights go out at night. I love how Jade turns her fear around with the help of the moonlight and slips into a peaceful sleep. This is a sweet little book. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Our penultimate book is less obviously Halloween themed but still perfect for this time of the year when the nights are drawing in and kids are once again going to sleep in dark rooms. In Jade Braves the Dark by Valdene Mark, a little girl named Jade is frightened of the dark after she goes to bed. Jade imagines all sorts of creepy things lurking in her room; ghosts and monsters, naughty fairies, and scary bugs, but discovers with the help of a new friend that night time isn’t as scary as she once thought. As with the scary costumes in Halloween Hugs, many kids are afraid of the dark and this book will help them to overcome those fears with a touch of moonlight magic. The rhymes here aren’t as easy to read aloud as some other books in this list thanks to a few slightly awkwardly structured sentences, but the overall story more than makes up for that. The artwork is also beautiful, filled with rich jeweled tones that keep some darkness on the page to fit the story while also allowing for bright colors to be included throughout. Jade Braves the Dark is ideal for kids of any age who are frightened of the dark and need assurance both that they are not alone in their fears, and also that the dark is nothing to worry about.
A beautiful black girl magic centric book that is sure to spook and to comfort. A must needed addition to anyone's picture book library.
What an adorable kids'book! I was hesitant at first to read this with my children because none of them are currently afraid of the dark or what could lurk in the dark. I didnt want to put ideas in their heads! I didn't need to worry. The book is too sweet to scare anyone. I love that the author wrote a book to help kids overcome their fears. There is nothing wrong with having scared feelings, at any age. My oldest could read this on his own and we read it together with the younger two. It's perfect for all ages; each of my kiddos enjoyed the story. And of course the representation is an important part of this book!
This is an adorable book about Jade who is afraid to fall asleep because the dark is scary. The illustrations are done in beautiful dark purples and other dark colors. Jade's imagination takes off as she "sees" different things in her room and under her bed. The moon shines in and it makes Jade's room a magical place where she can sleep happily.
After the light, comes the dark. And with children's vivid imaginations, there come the monsters, ghost, bugs and all the scary thing. But you can't see those shadows without light. Here the author reminds us that the light makes you see shadows in the dark, she wants to encourage the children that there's always the gentle light to keep you company and away from the nasty dark dwellers. With short and poetic verses, this is one great book for 3 to 8 years old kids.