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Children's Fiction Multigenerational

Grandpa's Stars

by (author) Carolyn Huizinga Mills

illustrated by Samantha Lucy Haslam

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Multigenerational, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2


Where I live, lots of lights flash and glow in the night sky.
It's different at Grandpa's house.
During a week—long visit to Grandpa's house, a young child sees the night sky clearly for the first time and realizes all the wonderful things that can be seen in the stars with Grandpa's help and a bit of imagination: penguins, rubber boots, and even an elephant!
When Grandpa has to go to the hospital, and everything feels wrong and sad, the child comes up with a plan to recreate the special night sky they shared. With the help of some craft supplies and paper, the child's bedroom ceiling is transformed into a comforting masterpiece where it just might be possible to see Grandpa marching with penguins.

About the authors

Carolyn Huizinga Mills's first picture book, The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain, was chosen as a 2018 Blue Spruce Honour Book, which gave Carolyn the opportunity to meet many excited readers through school visits and at the Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto. Her debut novel, The Good Son, was published in March 2021, and her second novel is scheduled to follow within a year or so.
Carolyn plans to write many more books and can be found snuggled up in her office at 5am most mornings with her notebook or laptop and a hot mug of tea. She is also a grade 7 teacher, which allows her to share her passion for reading and writing with her students. She grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and now lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband and two children.

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Samantha Lucy Haslam is an illustrator, graphic designer and animator from Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the Visual Communications program at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012, with a major in illustration.

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