Sidewalk Flowers Now Translated in 15 Different Languages

Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith, has now been translated into fifteen different languages. While impending translations (Simplified Chinese, Farsi and Vietnamese) have yet to arrive at the office, we wrangled together the twelve we had on hand at Groundwood HQ:

ENGLISH (Special Edition for Syrian refugees)
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CZECH
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FRENCH (Québécois)
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ENGLISH (UK)
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GERMAN
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PORTUGUESE
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CHINESE (Complex)
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JAPANESE
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FRENCH (Parisian)
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DUTCH
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KOREAN
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MEXICAN SPANISH
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The Important Landmarks of Sidewalk Flowers

In Sidewalk Flowers, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. “Written” by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.

In The Horn Book Magazine‘s May/June 2016 Special Issue on Collaborations, Sydney Smith has illustrated a full-page spread on The Important Landmarks of Sidewalk Flowers — landmarks that include The Art Gallery of Ontario, JonArno Lawson’s home, and “the rusty train bridge.” The map itself is a collaborative piece on collaboration; the map was evolved and thought through by both Sydney and JonArno Lawson together, though the final illustration was done by Sydney.

Click on the image below to expand the illustration and view the landmarks — how many have you been to or walked by?

Sidewalk Flowers published by Groundwood Books


Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney SmithWinner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustrated Book

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year

In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter.

“Written” by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.

Enter to win Groundwood Favourites!

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We won!

In celebration of being named Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in North America by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, we’re giving away three of our favourite Groundwood titles:

  1. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
  2. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith
  3. Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay

The contest runs from April 6th to April 20th. A winner will be randomly chosen. Fill out the form below to enter!

Sidewalk Flowers for Syrian Refugee Families

Groundwood Logos SpineIBBY Canada, the Canadian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People, will be providing every Syrian refugee family coming to Canada a children’s book along with a card in English, French and Arabic encouraging children and their families to go to their public library where they will find so many of the resources they will need for their new lives.

Every Syrian refugee family will receive a copy of Sidewalk Flowers, written by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith. In this Governor General’s Award winning picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. It is a wordless picture book with no language barriers, and it can be enjoyed across cultures by children and parents alike.

All royalties and printing costs from this distribution will be donated, and Groundwood will be foregoing any revenues.

You can read the full news release from IBBY Canada, along with further details of the initiative, here: http://bit.ly/1ITqAV7

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Enter to win a Sidewalk Flowers gift package

Today we were thrilled to learn that the fabulous Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith has won the Governor General’s Children’s Literature Award for Illustrated Book. As if that wasn’t enough, mere hours later the wordless picture book was named one of the 10 best illustrated books of the year by The New York Times! We want to share this winning feeling, so so we have a special giveaway for our friends on the internet!

One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a 17” x 20” poster, along with four pieces of sidewalk chalk for making your own stories, all pictured below:

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This contest is open to residents of North America (excluding Quebec). We will accept entries until midnight on Tuesday, November 3rd, and will contact the winner by email on Wednesday, November 4th.

Good luck!

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