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Good Night, Little Sea Otter

By Janet Halfmann

Illustrated by Wish Williams

Star Bright Books

Ages 3-8, Picture Book & Board Book

Available in hardcover, softcover, English and Spanish board book,

and TEN different languages

Buy this book at your favorite indie bookseller, Bookshop, or

JANET TAKES YOU INSIDE THE BOOK! Click here for the video.


The Story

Children will want to settle down for bedtime with Little Sea Otter as he snuggles on Mama's chest in a cozy bed of sea kelp and bids good night to all his ocean friends. From sea lions to sea snails, seagulls to seals and sea urchins, it seems he'll never close his eyes. But gently rocking seas, twinkling stars, and Mama's loving arms lull Little Sea Otter—and children everywhere—to dreamland.

My Inspiration

I got the idea for Good Night, Little Sea Otter when I was writing a magazine article about two young scuba divers off California's coast. In researching the many creatures the teens met in the underwater kelp forest, I especially fell in love with the sea otters. I was fascinated by how the mother sea otter wraps herself and her baby in kelp strands for the night so the two won't drift away. I knew I had found the perfect pair to star in a bedtime story! And with four kids and four grandkids, I didn't have to research bedtime stallers!

Educational Connections

Curriculum Connections: Language arts, life science, ​family relationships, ocean, kelp forest, direction, measurement, colors, textures, shapes

Friends of the Sea Otter Presents: Interview with Janet Halfmann

Sea Otter Craft from Brimful Curiosities



"A sweet and creative bedtime story is what you'll find in Good Night, Little Sea Otter . . . In a unique way, Halfmann helps your little one settle down for sleep. The artwork provided by Wish Williams is oustanding. You feel like you could reach out and touch these creatures as you read along. You can almost hear the movement of the sea."—The Book Connection

"This is a lovely bedtime book for all little ones . . . The soft colorful images of the sea are relaxing and the story itself is very soothing."Kristin Bernard, the National Writing for Children Center

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