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Outside, You Notice

by Erin Alladin, illustrated by Andrea Blinick

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Description

A lyrical nonfiction celebration of the outdoors pairing childlike observation with facts about the natural world

Outside,
you notice things.

Time spent in the outdoors stirs a child’s imagination. Nature sparks wonder, wonder leads to curiosity, and curiosity brings about a greater knowledge of the world and one’s self. In Outside, You Notice, a meditative thread of child-like observations (How after the rain / Everything smells greener) is paired with facts about the habits and habitats of animals, insects, birds, and plants (A tree’s roots reach as wide as its branches).

Author Erin Alladin invites young scientists and daydreamers to look closely and think deeply in this lyrical nonfiction text, celebrating all the kinds of “outside” that are available to children, from backyards to city parks to cracks in the sidewalk. Illustrator Andrea Blinick portrays these spaces bursting with small wonders with a child’s-eye view, her naïve and nostalgic style capturing the joy of endless discovery.

 

About the Authors

Erin Alladin is an editor, a writer, and an ecology enthusiast who is always looking for ways to combine her passions. Born in Northern Ontario to a gardener and a forester, she spent most of her early life looking at and thinking about the natural world. As a young adult she spent nearly a decade immersed in Toronto’s children’s literature scene before retreating back up north to grow vegetables and write about regenerative agriculture. Erin lives near Parry Sound with her husband, her garden, and not quite enough bookshelves.

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Andrea Blinick is an artist and an art educator with a passion for children’s literature. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design with an illustration diploma, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Design through OCAD in conjunction with Thompson Rivers University and then pursued a Bachelor of Education at York University. Her first picture book, Outside, You Notice (2021), earned a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Andrea lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters, who often inspire the storytelling behind her art. She enjoys music, writing, comedy, travel, and making a mess on her art table.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
k to 2
Editorial Review

Praise for Outside, You Notice

? “The detailed text and varied images immerse readers in the feeling of being outside, fully attentive and relaxed….This lovely book is more than the sum of its parts.”—Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

"As this blend of fiction and nonfiction emphasizes observation, it also leads up to a mindfulness of being present when outside....A charming, gentle nudge to go outside and simply be."—Booklist

“Blinick’s illustrations offer a sense of excitement and serenity, showing cheerful children with light and dark skin tones and different physical abilities….This exploration of the outdoors is fit to use for budding biologists.”—School Library Journal

“We rated this book: [4.5/5]…This is a thoughtful, reflective story about the healing power of spending time outdoors….This light-hearted, relatable, and timely text will bring youth new enlightenments each time they sift through its pages.”—Seattle Book Review

“Readers of Outside, You Notice are left with wonder and appreciation for the things that surround them. The result is a warm, joyful and inviting environment that awaits us all. If anyone ever doubted the benefits of spending quality time outdoors, this lovely book will dispel that notion….Highly Recommended.”Canadian Review of Materials

“Rating: 4.5…This is a lovely book about the joy of discovering nature in the outdoors….Friendly-feeling gouache, pencil and chalk art with collage shows a warm, accessible natural world to investigate….I like that readers can just read the main text for the youngest listeners, and can add the informational details for older listeners.”—Youth Services Book Review

“Erin Alladin has invited the reader to explore and make observations and grow themselves into sentient beings beyond the confines of our indoors. The experiences will be as diverse as the children who are doing the noticing, and the learning as fulfilling and filling as can be.”—CanLit for Little Canadians

“From microbes in the soil to a rainbow in the sky, Outside, You Notice is an invitation to pay attention to the natural world around us in concrete, physical ways. With themes of healthy living, the science of nature, and curiosity, it will spark wide-ranging and cross-curricular conversations and ignite a passion for outdoor living.”—Children’s Book News

“Our imaginations go wild when we are outside and this book celebrates and brings that experience to life.”—Mrs. Book Dragon

 

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