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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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published: March 2015
ISBN:9781554988556
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
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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’s internationally acclaimed picture book Sidewalk Flowers won the Governor General’s Literary Award and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, among many other accolades. He is a four-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry and the author of numerous books for children and adults. JonArno lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

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JonArno Lawson’s internationally acclaimed picture book Sidewalk Flowers won the Governor General’s Literary Award and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, among many other accolades. He is a four-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry and the author of numerous books for children and adults. JonArno lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

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

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

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

— New York Times

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

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

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

— Quill & Quire, 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

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

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