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Children's Fiction Siblings

Just Bea

by (author) Kari-Lynn Winters

illustrated by Nahid Kazemi

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Siblings, Cats, Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Noisy, disruptive, and unruly—younger sisters can be more than annoying at times. When you’re in a hurry, they can be as slow as sloths. And when you build an extra tall tower of blocks, they knock it down, mischievous as mice.

In this playful picture book, the narrator, who is both practical and reserved, struggles with the rowdy antics of her younger sister. Beatrice never, ever, ever listens and marches to the beat of her own drum. It isn’t until the big sister wishes Bea away that she realizes life just isn’t the same without her.

About the authors

Kari-Lynn Winters is the author of Jeffrey and Sloth (2007), a picture book about the daunting task of overcoming writer's block, and The Meaning Maker, a children's play about reading strategies which is currently being toured throughout the Lower Mainland. A graduate of Canada's National Theatre School, she is currently performing with a Vancouver children's theatre group, The Tickle Trunk Players.

Kari has taught a range of students in Canada and the United States, including pre-school, special education, primary, intermediate, high school, and now university teacher education.

She is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Language and Literacy Department at UBC. Her research interests are children's literature, print literacy, and multimodal forms of learning.

Kari's website is

Kari-Lynn Winters' profile page

NAHID KAZEMIis an artist, illustrator and graphic designer with a master’s degree in painting from Tehran’s University of Art. She has published more than sixty children’s books and has received awards for her illustrations in Iran as well as nominations for the Governor General’s Award and the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Her recent publications include I’m Glad That You’re Happy, which she wrote and illustrated, and Over the Rooftops, Under the Moon by JonArno Lawson. She has also taught art and has exhibited her work in Iran, France, Italy, the UK, Lebanon and Serbia. Nahid lives in Montreal.


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Editorial Reviews

"Honest emotions are captured in the poetic and playful text...(and) emotionally resonant charcoal illustrations...The ups and downs of sibling relationships explored in Just Bea will strike a familiar tone with readers."

Canadian Children's Book News

"Just Bea would make for a lively read-aloud and may also lead to thoughtful discussions on how to deal with sibling discord . . . Just Bea makes a welcome addition to the library or household shelf. Recommended"

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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