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Just Because | Bedtime Stories for Children | Ages 4 to 8 years

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Curious minds are rewarded with curious answers in a fantastical bedtime book by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault.


Why is the ocean blue? What is the rain? What happened to the dinosaurs? It might be time for bed, but one child is too full of questions about the world to go to sleep just yet. Little ones and their parents will be charmed and delighted as a patient father offers up increasingly creative responses to his child's nighttime wonderings. Any child who has ever asked "Why?" -- and any parent who has attempted an explanation -- will recognize themselves in this sweet storybook for dreamers who are looking for answers beyond "Just because." 

  • New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award
  • Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault.
  • Published by Candlewick Press, September 10, 2019
  • Ages 4 to 8 years 
  • 0.5” x 12.0 x 10.1” (1.25lbs.) 40 pages
  • Hardcover
About the Author: Mac Barnett is the author of several books for children, including Caldecott Honor Books Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, both illustrated by Jon Klassen; President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen; Leo: A Ghost Story, illustrated by Christian Robinson; and the Terrible Two series, cowritten with Jory John and illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Mac Barnett lives in California.


About the Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault is the creator of Alpha and the illustrator of several other picture books, including Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year; Captain Rosalie by Timothée de Fombelle; and Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky. Isabelle Arsenault lives in Montreal.