13 Stories About Ayana (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

Thirteen interconnected, very short stories follow the adventures of Ayana, her family, and her best friend, Harris. Schwartz effortlessly captures the small joys and triumphs of childhood and community with simple, effective text and the sweetest illustrations—I’m especially fond of any drawing of teeny-tiny hamster Stanley. A perfect gem of a picture book, ideal for reading (and re-reading) aloud!

— Amy


A loving look at the ups and downs of being a preschooler in the big city from an award-winning author-illustrator.

Thirteen illustrated vignettes capture the wonder and humor of everyday life for a toddler named Ayana. Ayana visits a community garden with her father, gets her face painted at a block party, and has a playdate with her best friend Harris. In these beautifully observed moments, celebrated author-illustrator Amy Schwartz shows us how a young child experiences the warmth of family, friends, and neighbors.
A companion book to 13 Stories about Harris, these short, charming tales capture a young child’s view of the world with wit and honesty. With very short text supported by bright illustrations, this is an excellent storytime choice for young readers beginning to read on their own—or a great choice to share together with the ones you love.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Praise for 13 Stories About Harris:
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
A Bookpage Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

* "Schwartz has for decades been one of our most tuned-in, honest, and sympathetic chroniclers of childhood; here she is at her absolute best."—The Horn Book, starred review

* "This book is exactly what being a toddler is all about, and Schwartz shares it with simple language, wonderful art, and an attitude of sheer delight."—School Library Journal, starred review

About the Author

Amy Schwartz has written and illustrated many celebrated books for children, including What James Likes Best, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award; Polka Dots for Poppy, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year; Bea and Mr. Jones, a Reading Rainbow selection; and 100 Things That Make Me Happy, which received three starred reviews. Her work has also landed the New York Times Best Illustrated List and won awards such as the National Jewish Book Award and the Christopher Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…

★  "With charmingly brief prose and illustrations that interact playfully with the text, Ayana’s 13 stories add up to a delightful experience for readers of all ages."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A thoroughly delightful book to be read over and over."—Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780823448296
ISBN-10: 0823448290
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English