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Space Matters

Written by Jacque Lynn & illustrated by Lydia Nichols
Published by HMH Books
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What Does Bookroo Think of Space Matters

“A unique take on mindfulness and perspective that is both lively and ingenious.”

The importance of space and the meaning it gives to everything that exists around it takes center stage in this incredibly clever book—shown through spaces turning a jumble of letters into a sentence, spaces that make room for echoes, spaces that give a sense of the bigger picture, and more. In a world that often focuses on everything but the blank spaces, the unique perspective Space Matters conveys is a breath of fresh air. The principles of mindfulness and seeing the bigger picture weave themselves through the brightly colored pages in a masterful blend of thought-provoking and smile-inducing spreads (e.g. a monkey riding a bicycle while balancing a teetering pile atop its helmet, night sky curtains parting to reveal a glorious day, and a candle being blown out in a sequence of three moments). Diverse characters play their way throughout the scenes, some of which may require some slowing down to understand in the abstract and leaving layers to be uncovered on future read throughs.

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Gently encourage mindfulness and critical thinking through this playful and witty exploration of negative space.

Can empty space be useful? Can it lead to new perspectives and new appreciation? Might it even be inspiring? Find out in a winsome book that draws on a child’s everyday experiences to prompt readers to look twice at their surroundings and notice the significance of sights, sounds, and spaces otherwise taken for granted.

What Kind of Book is Space Matters

Primarily about:
space and time

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Book Topics › fiction
Children's Books About Fiction
Book Topics › mindfulness
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Book Topics › space and time
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Who Wrote Space Matters

Jacque Lynn

Jacque Lynn has been a copywriter, party planner, and community volunteer. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her husband and a cat. Instagram: byjacque

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Who Illustrated Space Matters

Lydia Nichols

Lydia Nichols is an illustrator and anthropomorphizer with a fondness for tea time with books and a plan to eventually visit all of National Parks. When not illustrating happy-go-lucky animals, she’s likely doodling them on post-it notes and scrap paper. People describe her work as charming and whimsical. They describe her as redheaded. Her two kitties are aspiring Art Directors and often offer feedback in form of purrs while stomping across her keyboard.

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Publication Date:
October 13, 2020

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