Written by JonArno Lawson
Illustrated by Sydney Smith
Publication Date February 22, 2015
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.
Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books 2015
Selected for the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year 2015
Long-listed for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book 2015
Selected for the Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2015
Selected for the Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year 2015
Selected for the School Library Journal Best Picture Books of the Year 2015
Selected for the Horn Book Fanfare 2015
Selected for the 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year 2015
Selected for the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book 2015
Selected for the National Post Best Books of the Year 2015
Selected for the Globe 100 Best Books 2015
A three-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry, JonArno Lawson is the author of numerous books for children and adults, including Enjoy It While It Hurts, Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box, and Think Again. 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.
"A poignant, wordless storyline . . this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
"A reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament." Publishers Weekly, 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
"Sidewalk Flowers wraps readers in kindness, tenderness, generosity and wonder." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
"A quiet, graceful book about the perspective-changing wonder of humble, everyday pleasures." Booklist, 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
"I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table, in a household with or without children." New York Times