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Sidewalk Flowers | Wordless Picture Book

Sidewalk Flowers | Wordless Picture Book

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In the wordless picture book, Sidewalk Flowers, 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.


  • Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books
  • Winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Winner of the Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book
  • Winner of the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration
  • A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Selection
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year
  • A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of the Year
  • Finalist, Andersen Prize Books Without Words, 2021
  • An ALA Notable Children's Book
  • A New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
  • A Cybils Award winner, Fiction Picture Book
  • A USBBY Outstanding International Book
  • A National Post Best Book of the Year
  • A NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Recommended Book
  • A 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Book of the Year
  • Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book
  • A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, 2016



  • Written by Jonarno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith.
  • Published by Groundwood Books, March 17, 2015.
  • Ages 4 to 7 years
  • 0.5" H x 8.8" L x 9.0" W (0.7 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover
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