The Norwich Public Library and the Norwich Bookstore have created a StoryWalk featuring Even the Smallest Will Grow, a comforting and encouraging tale by Lita Judge.
A StoryWalk is a socially-distanced way to celebrate this delightful book! Follow the numbered frames around the Norwich Square - just outside the bookstore - and enjoy the story step-by-step, page-by-page! The StoryWalk will be on display for five weeks beginning on Indie Bookstore Day, April 24th.
Lita Judge is the award-winning author and illustrator of many children's books including When You Need Wings, Flight School, and Red Sled. She lives with her husband, two cats, and a parrot in New Hampshire.
Because we can’t host in-person author events during the pandemic, Lita has written a note about her new book:
Even The Smallest Will Grow
I’m so excited to share this story about dreams, and imagining all that is possible in yourself. I want this story to inspire children to embrace their potentials, while realizing that they hold something unique and special.
I began writing this book, at least my heart did, the moment I adopted a kitten, a couple of years ago. She was so small and fragile, while at the same time, curious and brave. Watching her grow as she discovered the world around her renewed in me a sense of wonder. I knew I wanted to create a book that captured all the emotions I was feeling as I watched her grow, so I began just by drawing. I am always inspired by young creatures and children. They hold this magical balance between vulnerability and strength. They are at once filled with potential and live completely in the moment. They motivate me and drive me to create stories for them in return.
To paint my subjects well, I try to learn to see the world as they do. To experience the first glimpse at something and to let that experience spark an imagination. Watching little ones discover the world around them, keeps me seeing it in new ways.
Creating a story like Even the Smallest Will Grow keeps me connected to dreams I had as a child. It renews my own sense of wonder and teaches me to love the world a little bit more each day.
The Norwich Public Library has created a special activity - think spring and new growth - to go with the book! After visiting the StoryWalk, email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for curbside pickup of your activity packet.
Beloved author-illustrator Lita Judge reminds readers that even the biggest and bravest were once small...and even the smallest can become anything they choose to be.
There is strength in even
the smallest things.
Just as a bird grows
within her egg,
and a cub becomes
a brave big bear,
you too will grow.
Patience, little one.