Smoky Night

by Eve Bunting and David Diaz

In this Caldecott Medal-winning modern classic, a young boy and his mother are forced to leave their apartment for the safety of a shelter during a night of rioting.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780152018849
  • ISBN-10: 0152018840
  • Pages: 40
  • Publication Date: 04/01/1999
  • Carton Quantity: 50

About the book

Winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal 


In a night of rioting, Daniel and his mother are forced to leave their apartment for the safety of a shelter. “Diaz has not been afraid to take risks in illustrating the story with thickly textured paintings against a background of torn-paper and found-object collage. Without becoming cluttered or gimmicky, these pictures manage to capture a calamitous atmosphere that finally calms. . . . Both author and artist have managed to portray a politically charged event without pretense or preaching.”--The Bulletin

About the author
Eve Bunting

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

David Diaz

David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.


"Monumental.”—The New York Times Book Review

"Visually exciting.”—Publishers Weekly

"A memorable, thought-provoking book.”—The Horn Book

"Outstandingly excellent vehicle for discussion.”—Kirkus Reviews

"[A] powerful story.”—School Library Journal

"A remarkable book.”—The Hungry Mind Review

"Bunting takes a serious subject...and makes it understandable for children.”—Instructor