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A Brand New Picture Book
by Vashti Harrison

Winner of the Caldecott Medal! A Coretta Scott King Award Author and Illustrator Honor book, a National Book Award finalist, and a New York Times bestseller! This deeply moving story shares valuable lessons about fitting in, standing out, and the beauty of joyful acceptance, from an award-winning creator.


Once there was a girl.

She had a big laugh

and a big heart

and very big dreams.

And it was good. 

Until it wasn't.

The first picture book written and illustrated by award-winning and bestselling creator Vashti Harrison traces a child's journey to self-love and shows the power of words to both hurt and heal. With spare text and exquisite illustrations, this emotional exploration of being big in a world that prizes small is a tender portrayal of how you can stand out and feel invisible at the same time.




Praise for Big!

A Kids’ Indie Next List Pick

"Straightforward enough for even very young children to understand and appreciate, but with a vital message for adults too, Big is one of the year’s most exceptional picture books."—BookPage, starred review

"[An] ode to big self-love… Full of important truths about adultification and anti-fat bias, Harrison’s deceptively simple telling tenderly offers the self-affirming beliefs that kids are kids in any body and that it’s okay to take up space."Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The text is spare but pointed; Harrison’s emotionally powerful, pink-hued illustrations focus on her protagonist’s inner ­experience… This book offers readers an opportunity to remember that we all deserve love and respect—no matter what size we are."Horn Book, starred review

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More about Big!

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I sat down with Little Brown School and Library to discuss some of the thoughts behind making Big. I dive into the research and creative process.

Download the Big storytime kit to share with your students or young readers!

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