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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.

About the Authors
JonArno Lawson lives in Toronto with his wife and children. In addition to Think Again, he is the author of several other books of poetry for children and adults, and has twice won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry.
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JonArno Lawson lives in Toronto with his wife and children. In addition to Think Again, he is the author of several other books of poetry for children and adults, and has twice won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry.
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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
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Books
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, Michigan Library Association Mitten Award
  • Commended, ALA Notable Children's Book
  • Short-listed, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Winner, National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration
  • Commended, National Post Best Books of the Year
  • Winner, Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Book
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, Globe 100 Best Books
  • Commended, 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year
  • Long-listed, Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Commended, NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book
  • Commended, New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books
  • Winner, Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book
  • Commended, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Picture Books of the Year
Editorial Reviews

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

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

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

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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

— New York Times

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

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

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

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