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Groundwood Books

I Know Here

Written by Laurel Croza • Illustrated by Matt James

For students in grades P - 2 | Published October 01, 2013 | ISBN 9781554983933

Cover of I Know Here

Regular price $16.95 CAD

40 pages | 9.125 in × 7 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

I Know Here

Laurel Croza • Matt James

Winner of the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the 2011 Ezra Jack Keats and New York Public Library New Writer Award, and a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration

The little girl in this story lives with her family in a trailer in northeastern Saskatchewan, where her father is building a dam. She knows everything about the place she lives -- her road, her school, the forest where she plays hide-and-seek and where the wolf howls at night, the hill where she goes tobogganing in winter . . .

But the dam is nearly finished and when summer comes the family is moving to Toronto -- a place marked by a big red star on the map at school. Have people in Toronto seen what I've seen? the little girl asks. And with her teacher's help she finds a way to keep everything she loves about home.

This simple, beautifully written story, complemented by Matt James's vibrant, imaginative illustrations, will resonate deeply with anyone who has had to leave their home for a new place.

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

Laurel Croza

Laurel Croza lived near four dam sites when she was a child, moving nine times and attending six schools before she was fourteen. Her experiences inspired her stunningly successful first picture book, I Know Here, illustrated by Matt James. Laurel lives with her family in Toronto. Visit Laurel Croza's website:

Matt James

Matt James is a noted painter, a multiple award-winning illustrator and a musician. He lives in Toronto. Visit Matt James' website:

Awards and Praise

Winner — Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature

  • Winner Ezra Keats New Writer Award, 2011
  • Winner Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 2010
  • Winner Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2011
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