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Darcy's First Sleepover

Darcy's First Sleepover

Julie Fortenberry

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


A gently reassuring picture book about the milestone of a first sleepover, for fans of The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and Wemberly Worries by Kevin Henkes.

Every night at home, Darcy brushes her teeth with strawberry toothpaste; she snuggles in bed with Little Cat; and she falls asleep to the sound of her dad washing the dishes. But tonight, Darcy is having her very first sleepover! Even though it’s at her cousin Kayla’s house, it still feels a little daunting. Kayla has peppermint toothpaste, a baby bear named Charlotte, and howling winds outside her window. Darcy misses her dad and her own cozy bedroom. Should she ask her aunt to take her home?

This rewarding tale celebrates the excitement of new experiences and the power of quiet growth. Backmatter also included shedding light on steps parents can take when helping kids prepare for their first sleepover!

Christy Ottaviano Books

Praise for Darcy's First Sleepover

"A sensitive, empathetic look at one girl’s first sleepover success . . . . Way to go, Darcy!" —BookPage

"Darcy’s conflicting feelings about her first sleepover feel authentic and are recognizable . . . . A sweet, well-paced tale about a common anxiety." —Kirkus Reviews

"Sweetly encouraging . . . . A gentle, confidence-boosting volume." —Publishers Weekly

"A realistic, first-sleepover picture book with a happy ending." —Booklist


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Julie Fortenberry

Julie Fortenberry is the creator of several books for young readers including Darcy's First Sleepover, The Artist and the King, Lily’s Cat Mask, and Pearl Goes to Preschool. She is also the illustrator of many children’s books. A graduate of Hunter College’s MFA program, Julie has exhibited her work in the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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