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The Silence Slips In
By (author): Alison Hughes Illustrated by: Ninon Pelletier
9781459817067 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings Mar 05, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 9 x 9 x 0.31 in | 420 gr 32 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C106973 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended SYCRA Shining Willow 2020, Short-listed
Sometimes you need help finding the Silence.

When the party's over and the baby finally falls asleep, when the dog is all barked out and the screens are dark, the Silence pads in on soft, furry feet. A warm, comforting presence, the Silence curls up in a sun-beam like a cuddly cat and helps you read, think and be still. The Silence is friends with the Dark. Together they soothe the jagged edges left when the Noise has rolled on and gently launch the boats of your dreams into the night. When the day becomes overwhelming or other feelings become too big, the Silence slips in.

With soft illustrations and soothing text, this is a quiet story about learning to find calm in the busy world around you.

Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including Hit the Ground Running, a nominee for the Governor General's Literary Award. Alison is a university Writing Advisor, volunteers with children and literacy groups and gives frequent workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, festivals and conferences across Canada. She lives in Edmonton with her family.

As a child, Ninon Pelletier wanted to become an astronaut in order to see the world differently. Instead, thanks to her great imagination, she became an illustrator. She studied photography and graphic design, and has illustrated over thirty children's books. She was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award in 2016. She lives in Montreal, Quebec, surrounded by her pencils, charcoals and friends. For more information, visit

Key Selling Points

A young child learns to find comfort in silence when the world becomes too noisy.

Soothing and calming illustrations help tell a story that emphasizes mindfulness for children.

Alison Hughes writes for children of all ages. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for her YA novel Hit the Ground Running (2017).

Ninon Pelletier has studied photography and graphic design, and has illustrated over thirty children’s books. Her book, Le mystère des billes d'or, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016.

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"Gently alludes to the benefits of finding contentment in quietude and how learning to do so might benefit readers for years to come." - Publishers Weekly

"This ode to mindfulness, with its poetic text, offers reassurance to children often overwhelmed by their busy days so that they can find their own way back to calm and steady waters…Just right for busy families who seek balance and mindfulness.
The French edition, Le Silence se glisse près de toi, is beautifully translated by Rachel Martinez and has its own lyricism and lilt, perfect for Francophone parents and caregivers wanting bilingual options for their children. " - Kirkus Reviews

"This thoughtful story focusing on mindfulness…will provide an important viewpoint for adults to share with young children." - Resource Links

"A lovely book about finding the silence and calm in life…Fits well when discussing self-regulation and mindfulness with children. Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A needed edition in our world today where children rush from one activity to the next, an environment where children with sensory overload issues may need calming and simply a pleasant story for the end of a long day. It will leave a child feeling protected and ready to rest." - Youth Services Book Reviews

"Such a nice reminder of the joy that is find in quiet moments. A nice introduction to or supplement of mindfulness. Pelletier’s illustrations add to the dreamy atmosphere every time Silence makes an appearance." - Kiss the Book blog

"As a bedtime book, this book will calm the most rambunctious after a long day. A lovely topic that promotes both the beauty of language and the power of symbolism has a wonderful message for children. Excellent Book of Note." - Must Read Literature

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