Too Early

Pictures by Elly MacKay
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers

I wake up very early.
Good morning, Sun, on your way at last.
You don’t wake up nearly as early as I do.
Now the wind is waking.
Tickle tickle on my cheeks,
rustle rustle through the leaves.
Birds untuck and start to coo,
Whooo whooo, you wake up too early, yes you doooo . . .

A gentle, cozy story following a family’s bleary-eyed wake-up routine, a little one who’s eager to start the day, and the quiet magic of early mornings.  

In sweet, melodic verse written from the perspective of the earliest riser, Too Early follows a family’s morning routine, exploring both the groggy and the everyday haze magic inherent in the predawn hours of a loving household.


Too Early is here! This story is particularly special to me as it was inspired by my very own early riser (I’m looking at you, Ry!) Illustrated by the amazing Elly MacKay, it’s beautiful from front to back! Check out a few of these gorgeous interior spreads:

Too Early is an Amazon Editors’ Pick and an Amazon November Favorite! What an amazing surprise!

Available through ABRAMS, IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop,  and more!


Praise for Too Early

“Cozy, sumptuous, and stirring—the perfect way to greet the dawn.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Images of the closely cuddled duo make it clear that though the father grumbles (‘You sure do wake up early’), sunrise and a shooting star—and fleeting one-on-one time—represent a gift in the ordinary moments before a day’s ‘rush rush.'” —Publishers Weekly

“The wonderful and familiar details, such as the hallway night light, the half-dozing/half-awake shuffle of the father before the coffee kicks in, and the doggies doing their morning upward and downward stretches, bring the morning to life.” —School Library Journal
“Ericson’s short sentences and soft onomatopoetic flourishes (shhhh, sip, rustle, whooo whooo) bring a soothing rhythm to this story.” —The Horn Book