Groundwood Books

I Know Here

Written by Laurel Croza • Illustrated by Matt James • Read by Demi Pallas

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published October 01, 2013 | ISBN 9781554982301
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience

Cover of I Know Here

Regular price $12.95 CAD

40 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

I Know Here

Laurel Croza • Matt James • Demi Pallas

This enhanced e-book, in celebration of Groundwood's 35th anniversary, includes a read-aloud feature of the story narrated by Demi Pallas.

The little girl in this story lives in a trailer near a forest in Saskatchewan, where her father is building a dam. She knows and loves everything about the place, but the dam is nearly finished, and when summer comes the family will move to Toronto - a city marked by a big red star on the map at school.

“Have the people in Toronto seen what I've seen?” the little girl asks, thinking of 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… 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

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:

Demi Pallas

Awards and Praise
. . . will resonate with readers who have also had to leave the place they know and love. For readers who haven’t had to move, the story will help them appreciate the place they know all the more.
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