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Children's Nonfiction Nocturnal

In the Dark

The Science of What Happens at Night

by (author) Lisa Deresti Betik

illustrated by Josh Holinaty

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Nocturnal, General, Astronomy
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
Recommended Reading age
8 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price

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Ever wonder what happens when you go to sleep at night? Discover all that's still going on in the world after dark, in this intriguing, fact-packed introduction to the science of night.

What happens when we go to sleep at night? Now young readers can find out, in this entertaining exploration of the science of night. Nocturnal animals are hunting for food. Plants are using math (!) to conserve their overnight energy. Celestial objects only visible after dark are shining brightly in the night sky. Even our own bodies and brains are still working to keep us healthy! Amazing as it is, the world doesn't stop just because we've closed our eyes.

Lisa Deresti Betik has created a fun, engaging and fact-packed introduction to the science of what happens in the world after dark. Children will be delighted to find the answers to questions such as: Why do we dream? How do bats use echolocation? What blooms in the moonlight? Why do stars twinkle? Thoroughly researched and vetted by several experts, this book covers multiple STEM topics, leading to tons of direct curriculum links in earth science, life science and physical science. The comprehensive, wide-ranging approach allows for loads of fun facts that will appeal to children. Josh Holinaty's stylish illustrations create a striking nighttime look with a limited, dark color palette. The text is supported by a glossary, an index and suggested sources for further reading.

About the authors

Lisa Deresti Betik is a freelance writer and former teacher who is continually inspired by the curiosity of young people keen to discover more about themselves and the world around them. Her writing has appeared in the Toronto Star and various online publications. In the Dark is her first book. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her family.

Lisa Deresti Betik's profile page


Josh Holinaty détient un diplôme du Alberta College of Art & Design. Il a illustré de nombreux livres et ses illustrations ont été publiées entre autres dans Wired, The New York Times et The Walrus. Josh a grandi en Alberta avec ses frères et soeurs qui essayaient toujours de lui prendre ses croustilles. Maintenant, il vit à Toronto, en Ontario, où il peut [enfin] manger ses croustilles en paix.


Josh Holinaty graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design and has created illustrations for clients such as The New York Times, Wired, and The Walrus. Josh is also the illustrator of A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars and It's Catching. Originally from Alberta, he now lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

Illuminating insights for nocturnal naturalists.

Kirkus Reviews

A solid choice for libraries and classrooms studying the nocturnal world. Fun science.

School Library Journal

... provides a rich wealth of information that will appeal to readers of all ages ...

CM Magazine

... Betik provides more than enough far-out facts to keep readers engaged.

Quill & Quire

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