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Big by Vashti Harrison

In stores everywhere
May 2, 2023


A Brand New Picture Book
by Vashti Harrison

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

Big Events

Big on Tour!

 April 29 at 10:00 AM ET

Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Harrisburg, PA

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April 30 at 11:00 AM ET

Books Are Magic (Montague St)

Brooklyn, NY

with Andrea Davis Pinkney

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May 3 at 6:00 PM ET 

Brave + Kind Bookshop

Decatur, GA

with Shelly Anand

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May 6 at 2:00 PM CT

Anderson's Bookshop

Naperville, IL

with Andrea Beaty

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May 7 at 1:00 PM CT

Black Pearl Books

Austin, TX

with Anne Wynter

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 May 9 at 5:00 PM CT

Blue Willow Bookshop

Houston, TX

with Leah Johnson

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May 11 at 5:00 PM PT

Books Inc (Laurel Village)

San Francisco, CA

with Nidhi Chanani

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May 13 at 1:00 PM PT

Hicklebee's Children's Books

San Jose, CA

with Meena Harris

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May 15 at 6:00 PM ET

Oxon Hill Library,

Oxon Hill, MD

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May 20 at 10:00 AM ET

Barnes & Noble

Carle Place, NY

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