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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Willow's Whispers

by (author) Lana Button

illustrated by Tania Howells

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2010
Humorous Stories, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Emotions & Feelings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2010
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2014
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7


When Willow speaks, her words slip out as soft and shy as a secret. At school, her barely audible whisper causes her no end of troubles. But Willow is as resourceful as she is quiet, and she fashions a magic microphone from items she finds in the recycling bin.

But Willow's clever invention is only a temporary solution. How will this quiet little girl make herself heard?

About the authors

Lana Button works in early childhood education. She is the author of Willow's Whispers, Willow Finds a Way, Willow's Smile and My Teacher's Not Here! Lana studied theater performance at Concordia University in Montreal, and now lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and three daughters.

Lana Button's profile page

Tania Howells Tania Howells’s illustrations have wowed a crowd of commercial clients and also appeared in Chirp and Today’s Parent, among other publications. Berkeley’s Barn Owl Dance is her first picture book. Tania lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Tania Howells' profile page


  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY

Editorial Reviews

Shy, quiet kids will take heart at Willow's small victories.

Quill & Quire

A victory for any reader who struggles to be heard, even metaphorically.

Kirkus Reviews

There is nothing cloying about the sweetness of this book. The playful use of font sizes, the simply drawn, brightly colored figures and, most of all, the perfect pitch of its text, see to that.

The Globe and Mail

Limited text and simple sentences, combined with a strong character who solves her own problems, make this a successful selection.

School Library Journal

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