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published: March 2015
ISBN:9781554984312

Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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list price: $16.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: March 2015
ISBN:9781554984312
Description

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Book

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter.

“Written” by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.

Contributor Notes

JonArno Lawson’s acclaimed picture book Sidewalk Flowers won the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is a four-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry. He is the author of numerous books for children and adults. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book and has been long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of Grant and Tillie Go Walking by Monica Kulling and The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, both highly acclaimed. Sydney has received a number of other awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Commended, IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
  • Winner, Michigan Library Association Mitten Award
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Books
  • Short-listed, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads
  • Commended, ALA Notable Children's Book
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration
  • Commended, New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Commended, NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, Globe 100 Best Books
  • Commended, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books
  • Commended, 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, National Post Best Books of the Year
  • Winner, Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book
  • Winner, Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Book
  • Long-listed, Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book
Editorial Reviews

A poignant, wordless storyline . . . this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly.

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

A quiet, graceful book about the perspective-changing wonder of humble, everyday pleasures.

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

A reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament.

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Affecting, efficient, moving, kind. Lawson’s done the impossible. He wrote poetry into a book without a single word, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

— A Fuse #8 Production

An emotionally moving, visually delightful ode to the simple powers of observation and empathy. . . . A book to savor slowly and then revisit again and again.

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Sidewalk Flowers wraps readers in kindness, tenderness, generosity and wonder.

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table, in a household with or without children.

— New York Times

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