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Children's Nonfiction Literary

A Story Is to Share

How Ruth Krauss Found Another Way to Tell a Tale

by (author) Carter Higgins

illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Abrams Books for Young Readers
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Literary, Books & Libraries, Women
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


A picture book from award-winning storytellers, author Carter Higgins and illustrator Isabelle Arsenault, A Story Is to Share is the extraordinarily told, one-of-a-kind story of legendary author and children’s book icon Ruth Krauss.

a baby
late at night
there’s no parade
just crashing rain

She listens listens
writes and draws
stitches pages
sews a book
She finds another way
to tell a tale

This unique picture book biography provides a mesmerizing look at the life of children’s writer Ruth Krauss (1901–1993), best known for books such as The Carrot Seed, A Hole is to Dig, and A Very Special House. With an imaginative, spontaneous text from Carter Higgins that pays homage to Krauss’s distinctive voice, and Isabelle Arsenault’s exquisite illustrations that evoke a childlike sense of wonder, A Story Is to Share is a tribute to storytelling and creativity of all kinds.

About the authors

Carter Higgins is the author of many books for young readers, including Everything You Need for a Treehouse, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year, Bikes for Sale, and the chapter book series Audrey L & Audrey W: Best Friends-ish. Circle Under Berry, her first book as both author and illustrator, received two starred reviews. Higgins is a creative storyteller who designs playful experiences around visual literacy and believes the wit of kids’ language is the best poetry of all. She is an Emmy Award–winning visual effects and motion graphics artist and spent a decade as an elementary school librarian. Higgins lives in Las Vegas.

Carter Higgins' profile page

Isabelle Arsenault is a very talented Quebec illustrator who has won an impressive number of awards and has achieved international recognition. She has illustrated Migrant by Maxine Trottier, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award; Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, winner of the Governor General’s Award; Le coeur de monsieur Gauguin by Marie-Danielle Croteau, winner of the Governor General’s Award; and My Letter to the World and Other Poems by Emily Dickinson, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. She has also illustrated Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean Pendziwol and Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt, forthcoming from Groundwood. Isabelle has won the Grand Prix for illustration (Magazines du Québec) for six years running. She lives with her family in Montreal.

Isabelle Arsenault's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Arsenault blends touches of Maurice Sendak and Crockett Johnson (Krauss’ prominent illustrators) into her own charming style. . .Beautiful in language and design."


"Knowing that Krauss’s story ends in triumph gives the subject’s idiosyncrasies particular significance in a light picture book tribute."

Publishers Weekly

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