Vincent Can’t Sleep

Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky

By Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by Mary GrandPré
Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-1101937105

As a boy, Vincent van Gogh often found himself wide awake and wandering under starlit skies. Those nighttime experiences provided the inspiration for many of his paintings, including his most famous, The Starry Night. Though misunderstood in his time, Van Gogh pursued his unique vision, and became one of the most beloved artists of all time.

From the same team behind the Caldecott Honor Book The Noisy Paint Box, Vincent Can’t Sleep is a stunning book that offers insight into the true meaning of creativity and commitment.

Backmatter includes three paintings by Van Gogh, an author’s note, and sources.

Awards & Honors



“A soft, sad lovely introduction to a masterpiece.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“A beautiful exploration of van Gogh’s influences and achievements.”
Starred Review, Booklist
“This versatile book is both an outstanding choice for reading aloud or for introducing art history concepts to young audiences.”
—School Library Journal
“Not a word is wasted as Rosenstock paints a marvelous portrait of the artist with a minimum of words.”
—The Buffalo News
“…moving study of Van Gogh’s fraught efforts to translate his ideas to canvas.”
—Publishers Weekly