To Live on an Island

In this beautiful picture book, award-winning author Emma Bland Smith explores what it’s like to grow up on an island in the Pacific Northwest from the perspective of a young boy who wakes up to the sound of a ferry horn, hikes through the woods to get to his bus stop, drops crab pots for dinner, and falls asleep counting orcas instead of sheep. This book celebrates what’s special about island culture and includes a brief nonfiction element on each spread that relates to the narrative.

From Sasquatch Books/Little Bigfoot. May, 2019. Illustrations by Elizabeth Person. Read reviews on my press page.

“A heartfelt snapshot of a way of life.”

“…reminiscent of Robert McCloskey’s old favorite Time of Wonder…” —Kirkus Reviews