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That’s what this book is really about. It’s an examination of autonomy, it’s this idea that every child has a different journey and it’s all about the fact that despite those journeys we are all interconnected. One people. One race. Having similar experiences and yet different experience altogether.” CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner Jason Reynolds. Photo credit: Adedayo ‘Dayo’ Kosoko Armistice Day: A Collection of Remembrance - Spark Interest and Educate Children about Historical Moments

Art of the Picture Book An Interview with Sydney Smith — Art of the Picture Book

Though your technique does vary from book to book, brushwork figures prominently. Can you elaborate on why that is often your medium of choice? Primarily with a Pentel Brush Pen? Some picture books make you want to hug them to your chest and not let go until the fullness in your heart subsides. ‘Small in the City’, a work of surpassing poignancy and understanding by Canadian author-illustrator Sydney Smith, is one of them.”— The Wall Street Journal Small in the City’ is the best picture book I’ve seen so far this year, and among the most moving I know. For the right child it will be revelatory.”— The New York Times Book Review When I was a kid my dad went to a psychic. He asked them about his children and they said that I should be a movie director and that I would be as famous as Spielberg. I never forgot about that. I get a lot of inspiration from the innovation film and languages of film and picture book illustrations are very similar. Growing up in Nova Scotia, what aspects of your early years there influenced your creative work? And in what ways? Sydney Smith tells us about Small in the City– how it developed, working on the narative and images, and how it relates to his other titles:

Preliminary versions and sketches for cover of Small in the City, Sydney Smith Small in the Cityis the first book that you wrote and illustrated. What did that experience tell you about how you approach your work? Does the idea for a possible story come first or do sketchbook drawings inspire a direction? What is the most significant change you have seen within your work as your career has progressed? Did it surprise you? A young girl journeys through a vast, snowy, sometimes scary city while her mother waits at home. But what seems at first to be the gentle confidence of a loving mother assuring her child that she can make it home through the city and the snow slowly reveals itself to be something else entirely. Not all picture book illustrators write the story, nor do they need to. However, here is a book that essentially has a shared narrative in text and in illustration. At first it is unclear why the child, who I took to be a little boy, is travelling alone on public transport. It is a cold, dark, frightening city that he emerges into, rain lashes down, becomes sleet, becomes snow, but still the child marches on alone across traffic-heavy roads. He takes no notice of passers-by, and they ignore him. At first he appears to be about 4 years old, but is perhaps 8 or 9. Whatever, he’s a child alone.

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Since Sidewalk Flowers, I have been interested in how wordless moments in a book can change how the book is read. Wordless moments cause a pause in the voice of the reader. It has potential to disturb the natural rhythm and punctuate words by letting them linger in the air like a bell’s sustained ring. It is especially effective if you anticipate a moment of clarity. If the images contradict the text or there is a subtext that becomes clear, adding a wordless image can give the reader a moment to process the information given. Or it could just represent a quiet in the mind of a character. As mentioned, in Town is by the Sea I used the wordless sequence to create the tension of waiting for the father. In Small in the City the text vanishes at the same time the noises of the city would in the snow storm.

SMALL IN THE CITY | Kirkus Reviews SMALL IN THE CITY | Kirkus Reviews

Setting descriptions, poems, diary entries, dialogue, letters of advice, lost posters Main Outcome: Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and the English and Media Centre create expert teaching resources for the shortlisted books. Smith’s understated portrait of longing for the return of a beloved family member takes readers on a quiet but powerful emotional journey . . .”— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review You have suggested that it can be limiting creatively to focus on the sense that you are creating a book “for children”. Another class of 5th graders said, “This book is good for teachers to use to help their students practice inferring about characters.”

Hello Yellow - 80 Books to Help Children Nurture Good Mental Health and Support With Anxiety and Wellbeing - This is a very sad but ultimately incredibly uplifting book with beautiful, simple illustrations that hold a wealth of emotion and just a little mystery. At first it seems as if she is advising herself, but as the story evolves we realize that she is sending messages of comfort to her missing loved-one.

Small In The City – Teachers | Books | Readers Small In The City – Teachers | Books | Readers

In the first book that he has both written and illustrated, award-winning artist Sydney Smith spins a quiet, contemplative tale about seeing a big world through little eyes. Sydney Smithis based in Toronto and has illustrated multiple children’s books. He has been shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway three times, the first time was in 2016 for Footpath Flowers, which was also a New York Times Children’s Book of the Year. Small in the City marks Smith’s first shortlisting and first win for a book he not only illustrated but also authored. SHADOWERS’ CHOICE I knew that before I got too carried away I needed to look at other books about snow and the city. But I was terrified that the story I was working on had been written before. Part of me was braced for that crushing discovery.YLG has 12 regional committees covering all of the UK and each committee advertises and democratically recruits a judge to represent them on the panel of judges. Each judge serves a two-year term and each year the panel is a unique mix of new and experienced judges led by the Chair of Judges. Following the independent diversity review of the Awards, CILIP introduced a co-opting procedure so that if this recruitment process does not result in a sufficiently diverse and representative judging panel, up to two judges will be co-opted to join the panel. UPDATE: Whilst cataloging this book, I noticed that the CIP summary spoils the book's surprise. Those dummies. It's as if you are among giants, animate and inanimate, wandering with obstructed views except for familiar areas at your level, your line of sight. Small In The City (Neal Porter Books, Holiday House Books, September 3, 2019) written and illustrated by Sydney Smith follows a small child on a mission. Through his voice we are given a very personal perspective.

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