Sleep Well, Siba and Saba

Written by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl and illustrated by Sandra van Doorn

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Forgetful sisters Siba and Saba are always losing something. Sandals, slippers, sweaters – you name it, they lose it. When the two sisters fall asleep each night, they dream about the things they have lost that day. Until, one night, their dreams begin to reveal something entirely unexpected… With playful illustrations and a lullaby-like rhythm, this heart-warming story set in Uganda is truly one to be treasured.


‘The tale of Siba and Saba is heartwarming and inspiring all in one go! In truth, I want to read this book every night and then fall asleep with it in my arms and dream of my future and what I can look forward to experiencing and achieving. Simply stunning!’ – Alexis Filby, librarian and author of popular blog Book Monsters

‘This most delightful tale with its enchanting illustrations wonderfully captures the dreams of two adorable sisters – what a joy to read!’ – Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, African literature blog, Bookshy

‘This stunningly illustrated picture book offers a snapshot into life for two sisters growing up in Uganda, with a delightful story that rejoices in the precious details of the sisters’ day to day lives as well as with their hopes and dreams for the future.’ – Books for Topics

Sleep Well, Siba and Saba is a captivating magical story about sibling love and the power of dreams. A wonderful bedtime story that kids and grownups will enjoy.’ – Maria Tumolo, author of popular blog The Tiger Tales

‘Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl writes a love letter to children. Sleep Well, Siba and Saba is a playful, lyrical and moving book.’ – Aïcha Diallo, Associate Editor of Contemporary And (C&)

‘The pictures are enchanting. This is the book little Sharon would have needed. A beautiful achievement.’ – Sharon Dodua Otoo, award-winning author and editor

‘A gently captivating story told with a sweet poetic cadence that must be savoured again and again. The delicately drawn illustrations are rich with details that celebrate the everyday uniqueness of ‘the Pearl of Africa’. What a gem!’ – Doreen Baingana, award-winning children’s author

‘Dreaming or awake, Siba and Saba inhabit an ethereal, whimsical place that is at once Kampala and not. Sleep Well, Siba and Saba is a lovely, fey and subtle book.’ – Olufemi Terry, author and winner of the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing

‘Sleep well, Siba and Saba is an enchanting, beautiful and fun read – utterly compelling.’ – Yewande Omotoso, author of The Woman Next Door

Sleep Well, Siba and Saba is a relatable, colourful and poetic story that will surely engage and entertain children from diverse backgrounds and of a wide age range.’ – Ellen Banda-Aaku, award-winning children’s author

‘Lovely! Set against an African backdrop, this sweet, beautifully illustrated book tells the story of two Ugandan sisters, who learn to shift their focus from the past to the future…I cannot stress enough the emotional and spiritual importance of children’s literature for and about children of African decent.’- Mirjam Nuenning , translator and educational director

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