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Macmillan Children's Book

Outside, Inside

Author: LeUyen Pham

Outside, Inside

Outside, Inside


About This Book

From Caldecott honoree LeUyen Pham, a moving picture book celebrating essential workers and the community coming together to face the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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From Caldecott honoree LeUyen Pham, Outside, Inside is a moving picture book that captures the unforgettable moment during the pandemic when people all over the world came together. It celebrates the essential workers, frontline workers, and communities that worked with each other to protect our loved ones.

Something strange happened on an unremarkable day just before the season changed.

Everybody who was outside . . .

. . . went inside.

Outside, it was quieter, wilder, and different. Inside, we laughed, we cried, and we grew.

We remembered to protect the ones we love and love the ones who protect us.

While the world changed outside, we became stronger on the inside and believed that someday soon spring would come again.

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of 2021
Evanston Public Library 101 Great Books for Kids List of 2021
A Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2021
A 2022 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts List

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Roaring Brook Press



In The News

“This powerful ode to community delivers a timeless message of humility, perseverance, and hope.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Reflecting shared experiences and hopes, here’s a welcome picture book for our times.” —Booklist, starred review

“This optimistic book will help even very young children make sense of Covid-19.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

“A testimony both to loss experienced and moments of unexpected good.” —Publishers Weekly

“Colorful, warm-hearted . . . [and] optimistic.” —Horn Book

Poetic understatement and somber images capture the new normal in this essential purchase.” —School Library Journal

Selected praise for LeUyen Pham's work:

“This authentic, important book will mean a great deal to many kids.” --School Library Journal, starred review, on the New York Times Bestseller Best Friends

“The stylized, comical creatures belie the depth of the message that comes through for even the youngest of readers: We are all in this together, and our differences strengthen our unity.” --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Caldecott Honor winner Bear Came Along

“Wistful, affecting, and utterly charming.” --Booklist, starred review, on the New York Times Bestseller Real Friends

“Seamlessly blends together a good story, lyrical language, and deft, supporting artwork.” --Booklist, starred review on Fallingwater

“This sweet book can be enjoyed by children in a group setting or when shared one-on-one with someone special. ” --School Library Journal on There's No Such Thing as Little

“Captured in warm and bright illustrations . . . this story about doing the right thing and the power of friendship is a strong choice for story hours and classroom read-alouds. ” --Booklist on A Piece of Cake

“Erdos's unconventional brilliance shines through on every page.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Boy Who Loved Math

“[Pham’s illustrations] radiate a warmth as arresting as Ezra Jack Keats’.” --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on A Stick is an Excellent Thing

“[LeUyen Pham is] a master at conveying a full range of facial expressions and delightful comic details in her lively sketches.” --School Library Journal on All The Things I Love About You

“With warmth and good humor, the ups and downs of sisterly love are perfectly conveyed.” --School Library Journal on Big Sister, Little Sister

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Outside, Inside

Outside, Inside