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Children's Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance

While We Wait

by (author) Judy Ann Sadler

illustrated by Élodie Duhameau

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Multigenerational, Imagination & Play, New Baby
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: 1 to 12


A gentle play on patience while a boy and his grandma knit the perfect gift

A boy and his grandmother are waiting for … something. While they wait, they sit and knit, they stretch, they rock, they dance, they snack, and they talk. But still, time passes slowly.

As the hours go by, they fill the day together. They sit and knit and wait. Until—it’s finally time! The long wait is over when the boy’s parents come home with a special arrival. We see what the boy and his grandma have been creating together: a handmade gift for the newest member of their family, created with love.

With a soft color palette and simple, lyrical text lending a rhythmic beat, While We Wait is a sweet lesson in patience that shows some things are well worth the wait.

About the authors

D’aussi loin qu’elle se souvienne, JUDY ANN SADLER a toujours aimé lire, écrire et fabriquer des objets. Alors que ses enfants étaient encore tout petits, elle a décidé de combiner son amour des mots et sa passion du bricolage afin d’écrire des livres d’artisanat. Elle en a plus de 20 à son actif, en plus d’albums, de dizaines de chroniques d’artisanat et de nombreux articles de magazines. Judy Ann vit avec sa famille à London, en Ontario.


Ever since she could remember, JUDY ANN SADLER has loved to read, write, and make things. When her kids were little, she decided to combine her love of words and crafts by writing craft books. Along with over twenty craft books, Judy Ann has written picture books, dozens of craft columns, and numerous magazine features. Judy Ann lives with her family in London, Ontario.

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ÉLODIE DUHAMEAU est une illustratrice qui travaille dans l’édition jeunesse, la presse et la publicité. Avant d’embrasser cette profession, c’est d’abord le design graphique qui lui a fait de l’oeil. Aujourd’hui, elle est l’illustratrice de plus de 10 livres jeunesse.


ÉLODIE DUHAMEAU is an illustrator who works in children's book publishing, media, and advertising. Before embracing this profession, it was graphic design that caught her eye. Today, she is the illustrator of more than ten children's books.

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Editorial Reviews

"An exquisite ode to impatience and joy ... In our fast and sometimes disconnected lives, this is a welcome gift."

Canadian Review of Materials

"A great introduction for all children about the importance of calmly waiting but especially so for older siblings that need to practice patience for their new young siblings."

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

"The elegantly crafted text lyrically conveys just how active the act of waiting can be ... Judy Ann Sadler expertly stitches warmth and originality into the fabric of this sweet picture book about a close-knit family and the fine art of patience."

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

"An original and utterly charming picture book showcasing the value of patience and that some things are well worth the wait."

Children’s Bookwatch

"Illustrations are expressive, full of emotion, and done with a soft, cozy palette. Repetitive rhythmic phrasing encourages young readers to join in."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"A perfect addition to the canon of books welcoming new siblings to the family, this is highly recommended."

School Library Journal

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