Years ago, a winter walk awakened a song in Deb Kitt’s heart. This song stuck with her for decades until, when her first grandchild was born, she was inspired to complete it.
The song became a book inspired by her granddaughter and was released this year. Corinne, 3, lives in Japan, where her father is stationed in the US Navy, so Kitt cannot often see her granddaughter or new grandson.
“I wanted to show her how special she is to me,” Kitt said of her book “It’s a Beautiful Night” and the accompanying song of the same title. “Being this far away, you have to work hard to keep the connection alive, and a book is something that can go with her around the world and that she can remember me.”
The book is peppered with details about Corinne’s grandparents: from an illustration of her grandfather feeding the pheasants the Kitts raise and release each year to specific markings on the family’s pets.
Kitt wrote the song “It’s a Beautiful Night” as a home student for Christmas. She was returning home after a party and was struck by how the fresh night snow glistened under the full moon.
“It was just the nicest thing – so calm and calm,” Kitt said. “I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. The first two stanzas came to me then.”
Kitt sang the song to himself for decades, thinking about that night. As the new grandmother, she felt compelled to finally bring the song to life.
“It made a perfect children’s book,” she said. “As a child I was afraid of the dark, but I learned to see the beauty of the night and not what is scary in the night. I hoped that Corie – and other children – could learn to find this too. comfort.”
It’s a Beautiful Night is available on Amazon, iTunes, and select retailers. It was published in 2021 via Covenant Books.