Dream Songs Night Songs from
China to Senegal

Lullabies from around the world

Story Patrick Lacoursière Illustrations Sylvie Bourbonnière Singers Sylva Balassanian, Liu Fang, Hart-Rouge, Connie Kaldor, Carlos Placeres, Zal Idrissa Sissokho

Beautifully recorded lullabies from around the world sung in the language of origin along with an illustrated bedtime story – in English, Spanish and French – about an imaginary journey to unknown lands. Performers Sylva Balassanian, Liu Fang, Hart-Rouge, Connie Kaldor, Carlos Placeres and Zal Idrissa Sissokho share their culture in offering lovely, warm lead vocals and harmonies, supported by a highly skilled group of musicians playing more than 30 different instruments. The earth-toned, dreamlike illustrations reflect both the subject and country of origin of each song.

Age: 2-7 / Pub date: 2002


Patrick Lacoursière was an actor, producer and journalist in Western Canada before writing the award-winning collection Dream Songs Night Songs.


Sylvie Bourbonnière has seen her works used by The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and People Magazine. She has also illustrated several children’s books including Tales from the Isle of Spice (Annick Press) and Contes d’Afrique (Planète Rebelle).

Quotes from the press

“Truly unique and lovely”
West Coast Families

“Beautifully produced… A highly worthy project”
Toronto Family

“Inspires the imagination, explores world cultures and soothes tired little souls into Dreamland”
Canadian Family


Parents’ Choice "Recommended Winner Award"

National Parenting Publications Association (NAPPA) "Honors Award"

The Children’s Music Web Award "Best Lullaby Album"

Juno Awards (Canadian equivalent to the Grammy Award)
"Best Children’s Album" (nomination)


You are listening to traditional Haitian song, “Papa à la rivière” performed by Suzanne Campagne and Idrissa Sissokho.

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