Description

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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

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

Awards

  • Commended, Globe 100 Best Books 2015
  • Commended, New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing 2015
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2016
  • Commended, National Post Best Books of the Year 2015
  • Commended, 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year 2015
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads 2016
  • Commended, NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book 2015
  • Long-listed, Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book 2015
  • Commended, ALA Notable Children's Book 2016
  • Short-listed, Andersen Prize — Best Book With No Words 2021
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award 2016
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year 2015
  • Commended, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2015
  • Commended, New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year 2015
  • Short-listed, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016
  • Winner, Michigan Library Association Mitten Award 2016
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare 2015
  • Commended, A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year 2016
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books 2015
  • Winner, Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Book 2015
  • Winner, Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book 2015
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2016
  • Commended, IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2017
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Books 2016
  • Winner, National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration 2016
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Picture Books of the Year 2015

Reviews

A poignant, wordless storyline . . . this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly.

- Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

An emotionally moving, visually delightful ode to the simple powers of observation and empathy. . . . A book to savor slowly and then revisit again and again.

- School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Affecting, efficient, moving, kind. Lawson’s done the impossible. He wrote poetry into a book without a single word, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

- A Fuse #8 Production

A quiet, graceful book about the perspective-changing wonder of humble, everyday pleasures.

- Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table, in a household with or without children.

- New York Times

A reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament.

- Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Sidewalk Flowers wraps readers in kindness, tenderness, generosity and wonder.

- Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW