As we begin a new year, I want to share A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B. Klein and Qin Leng with you all for Flashback Friday. This clever picture book follows one child through a calendar year, perfectly capturing the small moments that make a childhood memorable.
Title: A Year of Everyday Wonders
Author: Cheryl B. Klein
Illustrator: Qin Leng
Published: December 8, 2021
Format: Picture Book
A Year of Everyday Wonders is a wonderful read for any season, but its focus on the “firsts” of the year give me all the hopeful feelings a new year brings. Following a young girl through the year, we see each “first” of every season; from the first snowfall to the first beach trip. Ending where it begins, back at another new year, this cyclical book makes for a great bedtime read.
Qin Leng’s illustrations fill every page with all the nostalgia of childhood and the passing of time. With both full page and vignette illustrations throughout, every image captures the simple yet relatable moments that build all of our years.
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Thank you so much to Abrams for providing me with a review copy of A Year of Everyday Wonders. I’m so happy to share it with everyone today, and I know I will be reading it to my little one many times throughout the new year.
About The Author:
Cheryl B. Klein loves celebrating firsts year-round, especially her first day without a jacket in spring, her first ice-cream cone of summer, and the first blanket on her bed in fall. Wings, her debut picture book, illustrated by Tomie dePaola, received two starred reviews. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
About The Illustrator:
Qin Leng is a children’s author and illustrator whose Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and received the APALA Picture Book Award. Leng made her authorial debut with I Am Small. She lives in Toronto.