This book catches the out-of-time feeing of a proper summer days at the beach—salt and sea, treasures under the pillow, and off to sleep in 50 perfectly chosen words.

Rachel Lawson, Publisher

Good Night, Good Beach


An evocative bedtime picture book that distils the essence of a family summer at the beach.

The international edition of At the Bach.

Summer holidays by the sea have a rhythm all their own. With a few resonant images Cowley takes us straight to the end of a long hot day with beach treasures under the pillow and the salty smell of the sea. The cadence of the final words echoes the shushing waves in a gentle signal of time for readers to sleep—“good day, good sea, good sand, good night”.

This simple poem by internationally renowned Joy Cowley transports the reader to a childhood summer with language that asks to be read over and over. Hilary Jean Tapper’s warm watercolor and ink illustrations add an inclusive cast of extended family, friends and children of different ages.

This edition is only for sale outside New Zealand, from your local bookstore or online retailer.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Books + Publishing

      A simple but powerful book that captures the joy of childhood and is a story families will treasure.

    2. Just So Stories

      Joy’s simple text reverberates with both visual imagery and lyrical language and fully evokes the kind of simple beachside experience that for many is an unknown quantity. And the illustrations, from Hilary Jean Tapper, are absolutely gorgeous. They are without a word of exaggeration, a perfect match for this exquisite poem.

Available worldwide from your local bookstore or online.

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