Review: Before the World Wakes

If you’re looking for a gentle picture book that celebrates siblings, I’ve got a wonderful selection for you today. Before the World Wakes by Estelle Laure and Paola Zakimi captures both the importance of the small moments in our lives and the powerful connection that siblings share.

Title: Before the World Wakes
Author: Estelle Laure
Illustrator: Paola Zakimi
Publisher: Two Lions
Published: April 1, 2022
Format: Picture Book

Before the World Wakes follows a pair of siblings as they share their favorite moment of the day: daybreak. The pair slip outside in the early hours of the morning where they find singing trees and snails that dance just for them. Estelle Laure’s lyrical text pairs perfectly with Paola Zakimi’s beautiful illustrations to perfectly capture the excitement and joy of waking early to greet the day.

You can find a copy of Before the World Wakes for your own early birds wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)

Thank you so much to Blue Slip Media and Two Lions for providing me with a review copy of this beautiful book!

About the Author:

Estelle Laure is the author of six young adult novels, including This Raging Light, Mayhem, Remember Me, and the City of Villains series, and the picture book The Perfect Pet for You, illustrated by Amy Hevron. She lives with her family in New Mexico, where you can often find her walking the dogs and watching the sun rise before the world wakes. For more about Estelle, visit

About The Illustrator:

Paola Zakimi is the illustrator of Secrets I Know by Kallie George, Teddy & Co. by Cynthia Voigt, The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains by Annie Silvestro, and Ruby’s Sword by Jacqueline Viessid. She is also a doll maker and fine artist and lives in Argentina. Her favorite part of the early morning is listening to the buzz of the bees while the sun comes out all bright and beautiful. You can learn more about her at

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