Forest Lullaby was a wonderful board book to work on for publishers Cottage Door Press. The brief was to create sweet, heart-warming characters that would appeal to babies as a first-time bedtime story. The owl character was used to design an adorable baby rattle to accompany the book, and the cover was slightly padded, glossy and embossed to give a beautiful and tactile finish. Each page spread shows the baby animals and their parent in a different season in the forest, starting with deers in the summer, then foxes and squirrels in the autumn/fall, bunnies and robins in the snowy winter, bears and hedgehogs in the spring sunrise and finally the familiar owl character flying over the forest once more on a moonlit summer evening.
I wanted to keep the colour palette for this book very vibrant, with fully saturated colours and plenty of magical charm from glowing fire flies, through to jewel-like berries, crystal snowflakes and scatterings of pastel-coloured petals. Parents and children alike will find this story and the accompanying illustrations comforting and a joy to read. I gifted some of these books to friends with babies and small children and they told me they soon became part of a regular bedtime routine, which was so lovely to hear!