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Sidewalk Flowers

Written by JonArno Lawson • Illustrated by Sydney Smith

For students in grades P - 2 | Published March 27, 2015 | ISBN 9781554988556
JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / General

Cover of Sidewalk Flowers

Regular price $14.95 CAD

32 pages | 8.75 in × 8.75 in
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Sidewalk Flowers

JonArno Lawson • Sydney Smith

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 Creators

JonArno Lawson

A four-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. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith was born and educated in Nova Scotia, Canada. He graduated from NSCAD University and has since illustrated children’s books for multiple authors and received awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepard Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Sydney lives and works in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
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.
  • Commended New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, 2015
  • Winner Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2016
  • Winner Michigan Library Association Mitten Award, 2016
  • Winner Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2016
  • Commended Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year, 2015
  • Commended Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2015
  • Commended IBBY Outstanding Books for People with Disabilities, 2017
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2016
  • Commended NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book, 2015
  • Short-listed Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2016
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