Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 2 to 4
- Grade: 1861180-6401388-1861174
A big favorite about being little, now available as a board book.
It can be tough sometimes, trying to figure out if you’re a little kid or a big one. Putting your shoes on all by yourself means you’re big. But if you can’t get your shirt over your head, that must mean you’re still little!
The child in this classic story by Kathy Stinson goes through the day wondering which activities mean you’re big, and which mean you’re little. Counting to 10? Definitely big! But can’t reach the cookies … certainly means little. Being big sure would be great … but being little is okay, too.
Still in demand after 25 years, Big or Little? is back with a shorter text adapted for toddlers, and wonderfully imaginative new illustrations. Full of the everyday struggles and triumphs of growing up, this favorite story will resonate with pre-schoolers everywhere.
About the authors
Kathy Stinson is a familiar name in children’s literature. She wrote the award-winning Red is Best and Big or Little?—two of the first picture books for preschoolers in Canada. Both were a huge success and have since achieved international acclaim. Red is Best 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2006 a newly illustrated Big or Little? was published in 2009. Kathy’s latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Illustrated by Duan Petricic, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Kathy grew up in Toronto. “My love affair with books began as a child,” she says. “I remember regular visits to the library, getting stacks of books to read.” She still has a notebook of stories that she wrote when she was in grade four. She believes that reading a lot is the key to becoming a good writer. In the early 1970s Kathy attended university while teaching elementary school. In 1981, she took a course called “How to write and get published.” The titles she has published in the years since range from picture books to young adult novels, from historical fiction chapter books to short stories in the horror genre. 2008 sees the publication of her first brand-new picture book in sixteen years! Kathy enjoys visiting schools across Canada, and especially talking with fellow writers. In 1987 she traveled to England as part of an exchange of Canadian and British children’s authors. She has helped students across Canada pursue their own creative projects through the Writers in Electronic Residence program, and in many communities has conducted writing workshops for children and for adults. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kathy is a self-proclaimed jigsaw puzzle addict. Her children now grown, she lives with her partner, editor Peter Carver, in a hamlet not far from Guelph, Ontario.
Jennifer A. Bell has illustrated almost a dozen children's books, including Little Dog, Lost, When Dad Says "I Love You", and the Stella Batts series. Her work has also appeared in magazines and on greeting cards. She lives with her husband and son in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.jenniferabell.com.
“This is a great book for the “not quite there yet” crowd.”
Quebec Library Association Bulletin, 04/15
“A definite must-buy for the toddler crowd.”
CM Reviews, 04/04/14
Other titles by Kathy Stinson
A Tulip in Winter
A Story About Folk Artist Maud Lewis
The Girl Who Loved Giraffes
And Became the World's First Giraffologist
Lady with the Books, The
A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman