Sunday, November 7, 2021

Children’s Book Giveaway: Barn at Night by Michelle Houts

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Here is a Beautifully Illustrated Bedtime Story Pairs Poetry and Watercolors for a Cozy Winter Read: Barn at Night by Michelle Houts and illustrated by Jen Betton (Feeding Minds Press; 9/14/21; Hardcover $17.99; ISBN: 978-1948898058; Ages 5-7; 32 pages). One Winner will receive a hardcover of this beautiful picture book, and an adorable stuffed animal of a yellow tabby just like the one on the cover!

"Quiet and peaceful – an antidote to the daytime hustle and bustle of city life."
– Kirkus Reviews

About the book: A beautiful and sweet celebration of a barn at night will help children fall asleep and also learn more about life on a farm. This after-dark journey out to the barn, even on the coldest winter evening, can be a warm and welcoming scene. The young narrator gently details what actually goes on in a barn at night. Who is awake, who is asleep, and who is just making their first appearance in the barn? Smells, sounds and sights are quietly revealed to young readers.

Michelle Houts' lyrical poetry paired with Jen's glowing watercolors create a warm and wonderful bedtime story - best shared together. Downloadable coloring pages can be found at: Barn at Night Activity.

About the author:

Michelle Houts is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. Her debut novel, The Beef Princess of Practical County, has been featured by the American Farm Bureau Foundation and won a Best Book of the Year from Nebraska Farm Bureau. Houts writes from a restored one-room schoolhouse in Ohio. Find out more at

About the illustrator:

Jen Betton grew up playing on friends' farms in Pennsylvania. Illustrating Barn at Night gave her a delightful excuse to lurk around old barns and feed goats. Her other books include Hedgehog Needs a Hug (winner of Pennsylvania’s Keystone to Reading Award), which she both wrote and illustrated, and Twilight Chant, written by Holly Thompson. She now lives with her family near Dallas, Texas. You can see more of her work at

Feeding Minds Press is a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The mission of the Foundation is to build awareness and understanding of agriculture through education. The goal of Feeding Minds Press is to publish accurate and engaging books about agriculture that connect readers to where their food comes from and who grows it. Learn more at: Feeding Minds Press


One Winner will receive a hardcover of this beautiful picture book, and an adorable stuffed animal of a yellow tabby just like the one on the cover! US Only. Giveaway ends 11/22. Good Luck!

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  1. Barn at Night by Michelle Houts seems like a lovely book. I do know my niece and nephew would enjoy the pictures and having this book read to them!
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  2. This book is beautifully illustrated and depicts life on a farm with flowing, soft text.

  3. I think it looks nice. My girls would love it!

  4. I think it looks like a really nice book. I like the rhyming words and the pictures are so pretty.

  5. It looks like a great book that my niece would love.

  6. Although not farmers ourselves, we live in a restored farmhouse amid five working farms. This book would be perfect for your grandchildren. There are not a lot of books about barns and we have a huge one in our yard! Thanks for introducing me to this book.

  7. this would be terrific for my little niece

  8. This looks so sweet - I just love the illustrations!

  9. This book looks like a great book to read at bedtime. It is sweet and greatly illustrated.

  10. Looks like a really cute story, love the cover!

  11. This looks like such a cute book and the illustrations are amazing. We live in the country in the middle of a lot of farms and this would hit a personal note for my grandchildren.

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  13. The Barn at Night looks like a charming book. The deep, rich colors of the illustrations convey the dark hush of night in a barn. Families will enjoy reading this book together.

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  14. terrific story for the kids to read


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