Award-winning poet and author Marilyn Singer presents 21 poems celebrating milestones both big and small in a young person’s life, such as learning how to whistle, riding the school bus alone, and becoming an older sibling. Growing up is exciting! It’s packed with firsts—losing a tooth, visiting the ocean, and going to a baseball game. It’s bursting with accomplishments—figuring out how to snap your fingers, reading a whole book by yourself, and learning to ride a bike. And it’s full of experiences that change you—being stung by a bee and understanding that even big kids cry, and holding your baby brother for the first time and realizing that you’re the big one now. Saluting significant milestones every child can relate to, these poems are accompanied by sweet, joyful illustrations by Jana Christy
Jana Christy has enjoyed many snow days like this but might love the ones where the family stays home best. She loves drawing girls with attitude, boys with pluck, the chickens that wander around her garden, punks, robots, cavemen and zombies, bleak weather, windy days, sea creatures, and more. She also loves creating handmade minibooks with her husband, exploring new places with her children, and letting her brain and brushes wander.