All Through the Night: Important Jobs that Get Done at Night By Polly Faber

All Through the Night: Important Jobs that Get Done at Night 

Polly Faber, Author

Harriet Hobday, Illustrator

Nosy Crow, Fiction, Nov. 1, 2022

Suitable for ages: 2-5

Themes: Jobs, Night, Workers, Parents

Opening: “It’s getting dark, I’ve had my dinner. I’ve brushed my teeth and put on my pajamas. But my mom’s just had her breakfast. She’s brushed her hair and put on her coat….She’s got an important job to do.”

Publisher’s Synopsis:

As the sun sets, a little girl gets ready for bed. Meanwhile her mom is putting on her coat and preparing to go to work.

But she’s not alone. Workers all across the city are getting ready for a busy night. Nurses and doctors are helping people who are sick, delivery workers are unloading groceries, band members are playing music, and journalists are drafting stories. And these are just some of the people who keep things running and prepared all through the night.

Why I like this book:

Make sure you check out the beautiful cover!  Polly Faber’s text is spare and lively. Harriet Hobday’s colorful  and  bold  illustrations are so lively! Readers will have fun examining each page!  It is a perfect read aloud.

This book will appeal to so many children who have a parent, sibling, grandparent or other family member who work at night, whether it is a second or third shift. They will feel pride in knowing their family member is doing an important job to run the city  and prepare for the next work day. Some work in healthcare, entertainment, cleaning, restaurants/supermarkets, transportation, bakeries. law enforcement and fire departments.. Yes kids may miss them, but they will feel proud that their mom or dad does a very important job to keep the city running, healthy and safe.

As a young reporter, I always enjoyed writing a Christmas Eve story of people who would worked while Santa was making his journey around the world — at night time. I remember what it was like at night to put the morning newspaper to bed near midnight and wait for the first pages to arrive to proof read. Yes we used typewriters and the presses had led type. Guess I’m dating myself! 

Resources: Great classroom read. Encourage children to draw a picture of the job their parent, family member or neighbor does at night. It would be fun to make a big  list of all the jobs that must be done at night. Many are suggested in this book, but there are so many more. Think outside the box.

Polly Faber is the author of Building a Home and Through the North Pole Snow. She is also a children’s book blogger and volunteer reading helper. She lives with her husband, sons, and cats in London, where she has her own tiny free library right outside her house.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

*Review copy provided by Candlewick Press in exchange for a honest review.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

23 thoughts on “All Through the Night: Important Jobs that Get Done at Night By Polly Faber

  1. Sleep is my thing at night, but I do know many who work during this time. Great cover and a topic I’ve never seen covered in children’s books. Good one to share, Thanks for featuring this book.


    • You are welcome! It is a fun book to read. It is a very relevant topic since many kids have a parent working at night. I would hope this book would make them feel special. My daughter worked third shift for years.


  2. This is a great idea for a book! We often forget about the night workers. It’s really hard to be a nightshift worker, too…our bodies did not evolve for this. According to sleep researchers, those who work night shifts are at greater risk of dying younger.


  3. This looks like such a beautiful book! And a tribute to workers who work through the evening and night. It would be a great book to pair with The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee, illustrated by Pascal Campion. I reviewed it in 2020. Do you remember it?


  4. As you say, this is a fabulous book for the classroom when children discuss roles, especially of people who help us. Sometimes the night-time workers are forgotten in the busy daylight hours. And you’re right, children can justifiably feel proud of their shift-working relatives.


    • Love your comment! It is such an important books for kids who don’t think about night workers and for kids who have a parent or family member working at night. One can feel proud! (My computer has been down since last week. Hope it’s fixed.)

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      • Oh dear, Patricia. I’m sorry to hear about your computer. I hope it’s fixed too. We’ve got Multicultural Children’s Book Day coming up next week. I need to get cracking! 🙂 #ReadYourWorld


      • This is my 10th year tto review. Each year it seems more complicated. The material we are to copy and include at the end is all different font sizes. I am only going to review one book this year. But I am running multicultural reviews of other books (not on list) and am only going to make mention at the top of each review it’s and put the hastag.

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      • It’s seven years for me, Patricia. I was surprised by receiving two books to review this year, and one is for teenagers. I agree about all the information to cut and paste. I wonder how useful it is to readers. I understand the need for promotion for their wonderful sponsers, but would a link to a list on their site be equally effective? Hopefully they know what they’re doing. 🙂 I look forward to reading your review. I’ve posted both of mine now.


      • I agree with you about the link. That would be perfect. But it is the author’s who want the PR and I understand that. MCBD will take over Twitter and FB on Thursday. Will check out your reviews. Never heard from the two I was linked up with, but found one author’s at the library.

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      • That’s a shame you didn’t hear from your authors. I got the impression from the MCBD emails that there had been some difficulties this year. It’s great that you found one at the library.


  5. It’s such a good idea for a book! So many kids have a parent who works late shifts, so it’s great for them to know what important work is being done at night. I have to say I am grateful I am not one of those workers! Lovely cover too! Thanks for sharing!


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