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Children's Nonfiction Alphabet

A Is for Anemone

A First West Coast Alphabet

illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers

by (author) Robert Budd

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
May 2021
Alphabet, Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.), Native Canadian
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 1 to 3
  • Grade: p
  • Reading age: 1 to 3


With crisp, luminous illustrations by celebrated Indigenous artist Roy Henry Vickers, and a simple rhythmic text, this sturdy board book introduces the alphabet using iconic imagery of the West Coast, creating a book that will be cherished by young readers and their families.

Starting with colourful sea anemones waving in the ocean current, and closing with a snoozing grizzly bear (Zzz), this board book supports both early literacy and children's awareness of the natural world.

Publishers Weekly described Vickers' previous collaboration with Robert Budd as a gorgeous glimpse of the distinctive landscapes and creatures of the Northwest, [that] will enchant residents and nonlocals alike.”

About the authors

Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter and printmaker whose Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino, BC, has become a provincial landmark. Roy was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 1998 and to the Order of Canada in 2006. He is the co-author of the immensely popular children's Northwest Coast Legends series, of which three books were shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award: Raven Brings the Light in 2014, Cloudwalker in 2015 and Orca Chief in 2016. He is the author of several other books that showcase his art, including Storyteller (Harbour Publishing, 2014). He currently lives in Hazelton, BC.

Roy Henry Vickers' profile page


ROBERT « LUCKY » BUDD est un auteur canadien, spécialiste de l’histoire orale et animateur de radio. Il est connu pour ses récits sur les pionniers de la Colombie-Britannique ainsi que pour ses collaborations avec l’artiste Roy Henry Vickers.


ROBERT BUDD is an author, oral historian, and radio host who has written more than a dozen books for children and adults, many of them in collaboration with renowned artist Roy Henry Vickers. When he is not writing he can often be found playing baseball or hockey, coaching kids, or playing his guitar. He lives in Victoria, B.C. with his family and rescue dog.

Robert Budd's profile page


  • Winner, Moonbeam Children's Book Award Gold Medal in the Alphabet/Counting category
  • Short-listed, Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award

Editorial Reviews

A Is for Anemone is a tactile knockout... [Vickers’] illustrations beautifully depict representations of the West Coast, but the art literally stands out—every page includes a softly embossed feature that often can't be seen until children run their fingers over the page. The texture is in the tentacles of jellyfish, the lines of pouring rain and a bird that is almost invisible to the eye... it's a touch sensation.”

<i>Shelf Awareness</i>

A is for Anemone offers a memorable introduction to West Coast language, culture and biodiversity all of which need to be protected.”

Raina Deslisle, <i>The Tyee and Hakai Magazine</i>

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