About this Book
Written by Laurel Croza and illustrated by Matt James
Published by Groundwood Books
Age range: 4 to 7 years
This is the story of a little girl who lives in a trailer in Northeastern Saskatchewan where her father works on a dam construction project. She loves her home and knows everything about it, from the best places to play hide and seek to where the wolf howls at night. But once her Dad's job is finished the family will move to Toronto, a place she only knows from the map at school. This book will resonate with anyone who has had to leave behind his or her old home and move to a new place.
From the jury:
"The narrative is clear and powerful and the acrylic and India ink artwork vitally depict the rural world in sharp, clear detail and emotional truth."
Laurel Croza lived near four dam sites when she was a child. She moved nine times and attended six schools before she was fourteen. I Know Here is based on her memories of leaving Saskatchewan for Toronto and is her first book. She has a husband, four children and one grandson and lives in Markham, Ontario.
Matt James is a painter, illustrator and musician. He held his first exhibition in 2003 and has contributed paintings and illustrations to numerous publications. Matt's band, Wayne Omaha, has toured Canada and released three full-length CDs. He grew up in Woodstock, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto.