Small in the City by Sydney Smith makes New York Times's list of top 25 children's books of 2019

One Canadian book made the list of 25 titles, which features picture books, books for middle-grade readers and young adult fiction.
Small in the City is a picture book by Sydney Smith. (Groundwood Books, Steve Farmer)

The New York Times has released their list of 25 best children's books of 2019. 

One Canadian title made the list: the picture book Small in the City by Halifax writer and illustrator Sydney Smith. 

Small in the City is the first book that Smith has both illustrated and written. 

Small in the City is about a young boy exploring the downtown of a city after having hopped off a streetcar on a snowy day. On his journey, the boy discovers shortcuts and friendly faces, all the while trying to find his way home. 

It also won the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustration

Small In the City © 2019 text and illustrations Sydney Smith. Reproduced with permission of Groundwood Books Limited.

Smith's other books include Town is by the Seawritten by Joanne Schwartz, and Sidewalk Flowerswritten by JonArno Lawson. Town is by the Sea won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2017.

The New York Times list featured picture books, middle-grade books and YA fiction.

Canadian-born illustrator Lucy Ruth Cummins made the list for her picture book Truman, which was written by Jean Reidy. Cummins grew up in the United States.

The list also featured the graphic memoir Guts by American writer and illustrator Raina Telgemeier, which outlines her struggles with an anxiety disorder when she was in elementary school.

American Jason Reynolds' middle-grade title Look Both Ways — a National Book Award finalist — is also on the list, as well as picture book The Undefeated, which was written by acclaimed poet Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. 

You can see the full list on the New York Times' website. 


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