Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature's connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.
About the authors
Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including The Silence Slips In, winner of the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature and Hit the Ground Running, a nominee for the Governor General's Literary Award. Alison is a university Writing Advisor, volunteers with children and literacy groups and gives frequent workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, festivals and conferences across Canada. She lives in Edmonton with her family.
Holly Hatam est une fille qui aime porter des vêtements roses et brillants, et parfois, elle porte une cape pour combattre des dragons. Elle est l’illustratrice de Chère fille, et What Matters. Holly habite à Whitby, en Ontario.
Holly Hatam is a girl who sometimes likes to wear something pink and sparkly and sometimes dons a cape and fights dragons. She is the illustrator of Chère fille, and What Matters. Holly lives in Whitby, Ontario.
- Nominated, Northland College Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards (SONWA)
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
- Short-listed, The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature
"A perfect read-aloud picture book...In the simplest terms, Hughes and Hatam convey a positive and powerful message to young readers: you are not too young to make a difference."
Canadian Children's Book News
"What Matters is brought to life perfectly with Holly Hatam's simple earth coloured drawings...and will be certain to appeal to readers of any age...A very small book with a very large message...providing excellent opportunities for discussion with young listeners in a read-aloud situation. Highly recommended."
"Hughes and Hatam make the powerful point that all children can help change the world...A charming addition that teaches about the interrelationships in nature and the importance of recycling."
School Library Journal
"A beguiling, environmental musing on how one small act can have far-reaching consequences."
"The prose flows very nicely, and the progression of the far-reaching positive consequences of the boy's actions will be easy for even the youngest of children to follow. Illustrations are mixed media, presented in calming blues and greens, and incorporating an eclectic mix of watercolours, ink, and photographic elements."
Other titles by Holly Hatam
If You Met the Easter Bunny
If You Met Santa
Dear Baby, Board Book
A Love Letter to Little Ones
Acadia Files - Winter Science
The Acadia Files - Summer Science
Cranky Right Now
A Celebration of People Who Inspire Us
A Love Letter to Little Ones