Sing, Sing, Midnight was written after the author visited her friend in prison and saw how many wonderful kids visited their parents each week.
About the Creators
Author and Illustrator
I wrote Sing, Sing, Midnight! as a tool to help start that uncomfortable conversation about family and incarceration. At the time I was frequently visiting a friend in prison and couldn’t help but notice the kids. I saw many children who were serving time for crimes they hadn’t committed. These were beautiful children who laughed, wiggled, and got testy just like all children, but whose lives were impacted by a system that even adults struggle to comprehend or explain. Maya is a composite of many children I know, but she cannot represent every story of parental incarceration.
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Robert Pollock Jr.
I had been searching for a great story to illustrate for a long time. Midnight caught me in the heart, and I wanted to help bring the book to life. I had to draw hundreds of cats to get Midnight just right. As a dabbler in a few art forms, this book represented a chance to stretch both my collaboration and drawing skills. I've been amazed at how it's impacted lives inside and outside of prisons. Thank you for checking out our book! Your book!
Q: Why is Maya’s dad in prison?
A: We’re not really sure why he’s in prison, but I like to focus on what he’s doing while he’s in prison, which is trying to learn how to make good choices so he can come home and be a great dad.
Q: How old is Maya?
A: She’s just lost her front tooth, so probably 5 or 6.
Q: Why did Midnight’s family get taken away?
A: The nice lady thought she was helping the kittens, and they were probably so excited that they didn’t notice he was gone.
Q: Why is the kitten named Midnight?
A: Because he’s the best singer around! It’s a reference to the line in the book.
Q: Why isn’t Midnight a black cat?
A: Midnight gets his name from who he is and what he does, not what he looks like.
Q: Why is the title Sing, Sing, Midnight?
A: Well, Midnight finds his voice and his name when he starts singing, so the title is encouraging him to keep it up, it’s also a reference to Sing Sing Prison in New York
Q: Why is this book important? Why did you write this book?
A: When you see yourself in stories, it can help you feel like you aren’t alone. Sometimes, children with a parent in prison feel like they are the only kid with that experience and so they keep it to themselves. The book is important because it reminds us that even when you feel alone, others are there to take care of you.