by Pauline David-Sax, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
An inspiring and poetic story about reading, libraries, and overcoming shyness to find community.
I gather the books in my arms, and give them a hug. Welcome back, I whisper.
Nicky is a shy girl who feels most at home in the safe space of her school library, but the library closes for a week and Nicky is forced to face her social anxiety. When she meets a group of unique, diverse, inspiring women at her mother's diner -- members of a women's motorcycle club -- Nicky realizes that being different doesn't have to mean being alone, and that there's a place for everyone.
Book lovers of all ages will find inspiration in this beautiful love letter to reading -- and how words help us find empathy and connections with the world around us.
Target age: 4 to 7
"For all those who are never found without a book at recess." -- Kirkus
"Using emotionally astute prose and collage art that resembles a personal scrapbook with crayon-textured sketches, debut author David-Sax and Pinkney Barlow honor their protagonist's rich interiority, never minimizing Nicky's pain or yearning, nor her preference for books and (some) solitude." -- Publishers Weekly
"It can be tough for kids to find their people; David-Sax and Barlow offer one possible pathway to forging a satisfying friendship." -- Booklist
About the Contributors:
Pauline David-Sax is a playwright, author, and educator living in Brooklyn. She worked in New York City public schools for eighteen years before turning her attention to writing. Everything In Its Place is Pauline's debut children's book and was inspired by her friendship with the Sirens Women's Motorcycle Club in New York City. Pauline's play How We Survived was awarded the 2020 Jane Chambers Prize and her play Cotton's Tale was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Susan Glaspell Contest.
Charnelle Pinkney Barlow grew up surrounded by art, and was inspired by the world of watercolor. She received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts and her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts. Charnelle's children's book illustrations include Everything in its Place and The Real Santa. Charnelle lives in Indianapolis with her husband. When she's not drawing, she is baking, sewing, or reading with a cup of tea by her side.