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Groundwood Books

Sidewalk Flowers

Written by JonArno Lawson • Illustrated by Sydney Smith

For students in grades P - 2 | Published March 01, 2015 | ISBN 9781554984312

Cover of Sidewalk Flowers

Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages | 8.75 in × 8.75 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Sidewalk Flowers

JonArno Lawson • Sydney Smith

Educator's Guide ↓

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.

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


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

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
I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table, in a household with or without children.
  • Winner Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Book, 2015
  • Short-listed CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, 2016
  • Winner National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration, 2016
  • Winner Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2016
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2016
  • Short-listed Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2016
  • Commended New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, 2015
  • Winner Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book, 2015
  • Commended A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, 2016
  • Commended NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book, 2015
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