Cover of Lullaby Songbook by Jane Yolen and Musical Arrangements by Adam Stemple

Lullaby Songbook, The

Adam was fifteen, already a fine musician, when we sold this book. These were mostly old lullabies I had sung to the children (including one I composed) so it was a gift to be sending them on in such a lovely package. The pictures by Mikolaycak are gorgeous–warm, loving, beautifully composed. (Aha–a musical pun!)

See my 1988 Essay on Lullabies  in New York Times Book Review.


  • Better Homes and Gardens Book Club, summer 1986

What reviewers have said:

  • *STARRED* “A handsome compilation useful for both the home or a music unit on lullabies.”–Starred Booklist
  • “So soothing, it hums.”–Publisher’s Weekly
  • . . .a treasure for adults and children. . .an outstanding work of art by all.”–Kobrin Letter
  • “. . .a beautiful book.” –Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
  • “Yolen’s talented 17-year-old son worked out the notes with simple but haunting harmonies.”–San Diego Tribune