Listen | Book Review

Listen is a great children’s books that truly let’s us listen. A must read at bedtime. – Momma Braga


Isn’t the world a noisy place?

But what if you stop, close your eyes, and LISTEN? Can you hear each sound? Can you listen past the noise and hear the quiet, too?


Listen is a great children’s book that truly let’s us listen. A beautiful picture book that follows a girl through her school day as she listens to sounds across the city: caws of crows, shouts across the playground, and finally, the quiet beating of her heart and whispered good nights.

Every night for the last couple of weeks, this has been our go to book. At the end of the story, we take some time to reflect back on our day and close our eyes. As we close our eyes we think back to all the sounds that we have heard through the day and we share it with one another. Nikki loves doing this activity and it helps us meditate on our day.

Sometimes I love to just listen to the sounds around me. It feels magical. – Nikki, Age 6

For this #MelAndNikkiReview we give this book 5 chirps out of 5! A beautiful story and illustrations. We love the informative bonus at the back of the book about the sensory science behind hearing. This book is perfect for parents and educators to encourage quiet time and mindfulness.

This lovely children’s book is recommended for children ages four to eight. If you would like to add this lovely book to your reading lineup, click here.

About the Author

Gabi Snyder’s debut picture book, Two Dogs on a Trike, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who said it “perfectly captures the rollicking, manic joy of dogs off the leash.” She studied psychology at University of Washington and creative writing at University of Texas at Austin and is a member of SCBWI. When she’s not writing, she loves taking nature walks, visiting Little Free Libraries, and banking sweet treats. She lives in Oregon with her family. Learn more at

About the Illustrator

Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of many picture books, including Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio, Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins, and Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox. She made her author-illustrator debut with Little Fox in the Forest, which received four starred reviews and many other accolades. Stephanie earned her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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