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about the book:

Here is the Baby is one of the [many] manuscripts I wrote after my first picture book Sleepy Boy had been published. When I wrote it, I had already spent years working as an art director on picture books, during which time I had the privilege of learning from and collaborating with countless amazing picture book writers, illustrators, editors and creative directors. For this book I was blessed to work with my friends and former colleagues from Simon and Schuster: Lee Wade and Anne Schwartz, and their amazing team at Random House.­


Publisher info:

Randomhouse / Schwartz & Wade Books
Editors: Lee Wade and Anne Schwartz
Art Direction: Polly Kanevsky and Rachael Cole
Ages: Baby-5


In the news:

New York Times Best Illustrated List 2014
Huffington Post Best of Picture Books List 2014: Honorable Mention in Best of Family!

Read my interview with librarian extraordinaire, John Schu, at MrSchuReads



“Here is a book that parents and grandparents, older brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and caregivers will read repeatedly to the babies they love..”   School Library Journal

“… understated block prints in autumnal and citrus tones convey a sense of security…. quiet text hints at both tiny dilemmas and a child's broadening understanding of the world… A reassuring and subtly insightful story for readers graduating from board books.”   Publisher's Weekly

"Kanevsky and Yoo take readers through a baby's day in a city neighborhood, from wakeup to bedtime… all supervised by a capable, low-key dad. The “here is” pattern in Kanevsky’s text is reassuring, accessible, and concrete; even small children will be able to recognize and point out items in the pictures. …It’s the best kind of parent-trap book—one that validates Baby’s own experience, not just that of the grownups."  Horn Book Review

"Kanevsky's story takes us through one baby’s day in winter, starting at home with his parents and older sister. The father puts the baby in the stroller, and the baby’s world expands into the bustle of a city neighborhood. We see the baby “trying to walk” with father’s help and then “trying to talk” to a neighbor. Father and son go to the library, leading to a nifty book-within-a-book segment as the librarian holds up pages from Mother Goose. Father and son visit the playground, and then it’s back to the comfort of home, dinner, bath, storytime, and bed. Yoo’s linoleum block prints, which put the main images in sharp but always comfortable relief, subtly change in color throughout the day, until baby is put to bed in blue twilight flecked with snow. The final images are of baby in his crib, outlined with the moon’s golden light. This book shows how baby’s world is both familiar and challenging, and it does so with a remarkably quiet and reassuring confidence."  Booklist


Author events:

Newtown Bookshop reading to celebrate INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!
May 2, 2015 Newtown, PA 1pm

Big Blue Marble Bookstore reading at ANNUAL KID'S LITERARY FESTIVAL 
April 23-26, 2015 Philadelphia, PA, 11am.

Hullabaloo Books reading, Dec 7, 2014 11am, Brooklyn NY

Books of Wonder reading, Nov 23, 2014 1pm, New York, NY

Greenlight Bookstore reading, Nov 22, 2014 11am, Brooklyn NY