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I Know How to Draw an Owl

Illustrated by Matt James
Hardcover
$18.99 US
0"W x 0"H x 0"D   | 20 oz | 12 per carton
On sale Oct 29, 2024 | 32 Pages | 9780823456666
Age 4-8 years | Preschool - 3
Belle draws the best owl in class, but she doesn’t say why: she sees them in the park, where she and her mother sleep.

Belle and her mother used to have a house, a table, and chairs, a home like any of Belle’s classmates’. But things changed. Now, they curl up each night in a blanket nest in their old blue car, with their things packed in around them. 

The first night was hard, but they’ve never been alone: their friend the owl has always been nearby, hooting in its tree, looking out for them. Belle longs to catch sight of it, and one night, she finally does. That’s how she learned to draw an owl. 

No one knows that story. But when a new boy comes to school, a boy whose car looks like Belle’s, a boy who looks lost and scared, it’s Belle’s turn to watch over someone. 

Hilary Horder Hippely’s soulful text pairs with Matt James’s atmospheric illustrations in a book all too relevant to the realities of many families. Neither flinching nor sensationalizing, I Know How to Draw an Owl is a deeply empathetic and age-appropriate portrayal of a family experiencing housing insecurity.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Hilary Horder Hippely grew up on an island in Washington State. She attended Cornell University, and has advanced degrees in English Literature from the University of Washington and an AA in Early Childhood Education. Her previous picture books include The Crimson Ribbon, A Song for Lena, Adventure on Klickitat Island, and Rain or Shine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, near their seven grown children and their families.

Matt James has won many prestigious awards, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the New Mexico Book Award and the Governor General's Award for Illustration. He illustrated When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge and The Stone Thrower by Jael Ealey Richardson. His author-illustrator debut, The Funeral, was named a New York Times and New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book. As a child, Matt liked to trace comics and pretend that tennis racquets were guitars. Now he lives in Toronto and behaves more like a grown up.
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Belle draws the best owl in class, but she doesn’t say why: she sees them in the park, where she and her mother sleep.

Belle and her mother used to have a house, a table, and chairs, a home like any of Belle’s classmates’. But things changed. Now, they curl up each night in a blanket nest in their old blue car, with their things packed in around them. 

The first night was hard, but they’ve never been alone: their friend the owl has always been nearby, hooting in its tree, looking out for them. Belle longs to catch sight of it, and one night, she finally does. That’s how she learned to draw an owl. 

No one knows that story. But when a new boy comes to school, a boy whose car looks like Belle’s, a boy who looks lost and scared, it’s Belle’s turn to watch over someone. 

Hilary Horder Hippely’s soulful text pairs with Matt James’s atmospheric illustrations in a book all too relevant to the realities of many families. Neither flinching nor sensationalizing, I Know How to Draw an Owl is a deeply empathetic and age-appropriate portrayal of a family experiencing housing insecurity.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Author

Hilary Horder Hippely grew up on an island in Washington State. She attended Cornell University, and has advanced degrees in English Literature from the University of Washington and an AA in Early Childhood Education. Her previous picture books include The Crimson Ribbon, A Song for Lena, Adventure on Klickitat Island, and Rain or Shine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, near their seven grown children and their families.

Matt James has won many prestigious awards, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the New Mexico Book Award and the Governor General's Award for Illustration. He illustrated When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge and The Stone Thrower by Jael Ealey Richardson. His author-illustrator debut, The Funeral, was named a New York Times and New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book. As a child, Matt liked to trace comics and pretend that tennis racquets were guitars. Now he lives in Toronto and behaves more like a grown up.
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