Do You Remember?

Do You Remember?

Illustrated by: Smith, Sydney
Written by: Smith, Sydney
ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1

From the creator of Small in the City and the illustrator of Town Is by the Sea and Sidewalk Flowers, comes a moving look at how memories are made.

Tucked in bed at a new apartment, a boy and his mother trade memories. Some are idyllic, like a picnic with Dad, but others are more surprising: a fall from a bike into soft piled hay, the smell of an old oil lamp when a rainstorm blew the power out.

Now it’s just the two of them, and the house where all of those memories happened is far away. But maybe someday, this will be a favourite memory, too: happy and sad, an end and a beginning intertwined.

Do You Remember? is another unforgettable book from award-winning author and illustrator Sydney Smith.

 

Key Text Features

illustrations

dialogue

panels

 

Correlates to the Common Core States Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

From the creator of Small in the City and the illustrator of Town Is by the Sea and Sidewalk Flowers, comes a moving look at how memories are made.

Tucked in bed at a new apartment, a boy and his mother trade memories. Some are idyllic, like a picnic with Dad, but others are more surprising: a fall from a bike into soft piled hay, the smell of an old oil lamp when a rainstorm blew the power out.

Now it’s just the two of them, and the house where all of those memories happened is far away. But maybe someday, this will be a favourite memory, too: happy and sad, an end and a beginning intertwined.

Do You Remember? is another unforgettable book from award-winning author and illustrator Sydney Smith.

 

Key Text Features

illustrations

dialogue

panels

 

Correlates to the Common Core States Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Oct 3, 2023
Specifications 40 pages | 9 in x 10 in
Illustrated by

SYDNEY SMITH is the creator of Small in the City, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Other books he has illustrated include The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart; Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson; and Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal. His other accolades include two Governor General’s Awards and four New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations. He is also the illustrator of I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, which received the Schneider Family Book Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and My Baba’s Garden, also written by Jordan Scott. Sydney lives with his family in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Written By

SYDNEY SMITH is the creator of Small in the City, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Other books he has illustrated include The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart; Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson; and Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal. His other accolades include two Governor General’s Awards and four New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations. He is also the illustrator of I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, which received the Schneider Family Book Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and My Baba’s Garden, also written by Jordan Scott. Sydney lives with his family in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Illustrated by

SYDNEY SMITH is the creator of Small in the City, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Other books he has illustrated include The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart; Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson; and Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal. His other accolades include two Governor General’s Awards and four New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations. He is also the illustrator of I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, which received the Schneider Family Book Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and My Baba’s Garden, also written by Jordan Scott. Sydney lives with his family in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Written By

SYDNEY SMITH is the creator of Small in the City, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Other books he has illustrated include The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart; Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson; and Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal. His other accolades include two Governor General’s Awards and four New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations. He is also the illustrator of I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, which received the Schneider Family Book Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and My Baba’s Garden, also written by Jordan Scott. Sydney lives with his family in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Audience ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1
Key Text Features

illustrations; dialogue; panels

Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

Winner, Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, 2024

Commended, New York Times Best Children's Books of 2023, 2023

Commended, Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2023, 2023

Commended, New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, 2023

Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year, 2023

Commended, Horn Book Fanfare, 2023

Commended, Ontario Library Association Best Bets, 2024

Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards, 2024

Smith shows that, at any age, shared memories can help tilt the balance from present-day fearfulness to hope for the future.

” —New York Times

An immensely satisfying glimpse of a family's ability to navigate challenges through honest conversation and mutual support. STARRED REVIEW

” —Kirkus

The author delicately and triumphantly creates a book worth remembering, with a relatable topic for families and school-age children who also may be suffering loss. STARRED REVIEW

” —School Library Journal

This hushed and deeply tender story will spark many conversations. STARRED REVIEW

” —Horn Book

Strong emotion is conveyed through effective illustrations and book design … The undertone of sadness is ever present but so is the feeling of hope. The design and details in the illustrations ask readers to proceed slowly, think beyond what is stated, and construct their own interpretations of story and memory. STARRED REVIEW

” —Booklist

A loving familial portrait that envisions intentionality around the process of memory-making. STARRED REVIEW

” —Publishers Weekly

Sydney Smith beautifully captures all the fear and hope that comes with change in this heartfelt picture book about remembering and starting anew.

” —BookPage

Though there is an undercurrent of sadness, Do You Remember? concludes on a hopeful note, its images and nuances remaining in one's memory long after the book has been set aside. This publication is nothing short of a triumph for Sydney Smith.

” —Canadian Children's Book News

The essence of this story is to be found not in what's said, but in what's left unspoken … Do You Remember? is a story of separation and change not to be missed.

” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Beautifully written and evocatively illustrated.

” —Montreal Gazette