Winning Year: 1988
Illustrator: Barbara Firth
Title: Can't You Sleep Little Bear?

Original Publisher: Walker
Current Publisher: Walker
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1844284913
In Print

Little Bear can't sleep. He is frightened of the dark, even with the biggest lantern of them all at his bedside. But Big Bear finds an ingenious way to reassure him. So Big Bear takes him out and shows him the moon and the stars.


Barbara Firth has been interested in drawing for as long as she can remember. When she was three she began drawing plants and animals. When she was eleven her family moved to the country and she was able to spend more time sketching the flora and fauna around her.

After leaving school she studied pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion. She was offered a job in the Marks and Spencer design department, but turned it down in favour of a job with Vogue Knitting Books, producing step-by-step illustrations of knitting, crocheting and dressmaking. It was with Walker Books, however, that Barbara was able to work as an illustrator in her favourite field - natural history - and has gone on to illustrate many award-winning books. She now lives in Harrow, England.