I's the B'y

A picture book by Lauren Soloy

Lauren Soloy

I's the B'y is a decades-old folk song that originated in Newfoundland but has been sung and danced to the world over. In this gorgeous picture book, Maritime artist and children's writer Lauren Soloy honors the song and its birthplace with rich, captivating illustrations of bobbing boats, leaping humpback whales, violin-playing fish, dancing people, starry skies, and stormy seas. Full of undeniable energy and joy, this spirited picture book will have kids singing, dancing, and learning all about Newfoundland.


  • Sheet music so budding musicians can play along.
  • A note from illustrator Lauren Soloy about the fascinating history of "I's the B'y," its distinctive words and phrases, and life in modern-day Newfoundland. (From Greystone Kids)

I's the B'y is for ages 3 to 8.

Lauren Soloy is an author and illustrator who lives in a 140-year-old house in the wilds of Nova Scotia. Her debut picture book, When Emily Was Small, was published in 2020 and was nominated for a 2021 Atlantic Book Award.

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