If You Live Here (Hardcover)

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This is one of those great picture books that offers a perfect jumping off point for imagination! If you take it very seriously you can contemplate if your environment changes what you do or if it's the other way around. On the lighter side you can imagine, "What kind of home do I need if snuggles are the most important thing?" or "What would it look like if I tried to move in to my doll house?" The illustrations add so much to this simple text, creating a great opportunity to think and dream together as you share the story.

— Johanna


A charming, classic picture book that imagines all the different types of places you could live—from the author of Lovely Beasts, Kate Gardner, and award-winning illustrator Christopher Silas Neal. The perfect next read for fans of Carson Ellis's Home.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live . . .

in a treehouse,


in a castle,

or even in a spaceship? 

If You Live Here is a whimsical tribute to the unique and special places we call home.

About the Author

Kate Gardner is the picture book author of Lovely Beasts, Snow Falls, and How to Find a Fox. During her nighttime walks with her dogs, she admires the brightly lit windows in her neighborhood and imagines the cozy spaces inside. That got her wondering about other types of places to live. . . . While Kate lives in a house outside of Boston, she thinks that a nest is probably best.

Christopher Silas Neal is the illustrator of Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, both written by Kate Messner, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times. He is also the author-illustrator of Everyone... Chris lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about him online at www.csneal.com.

Praise For…

“Whimsical and imaginative, this sweet story is a welcome addition to many collections.” — School Library Journal

“Although frequently whimsical, this book gently encourages young readers to develop curiosity about domestic experiences outside of idealized and conventional representations…. Subtly philosophical, quietly adventurous, and perfect for bedtime.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[With an] emphasis on seeking out new experiences, whether discovering strange visitors from the portal of a submarine or flying from a nest on the back of a bird[,]… Young ones will have fun finding the cat and the books on every page as they explore the world presented in the colorful mixed-media illustrations.” — Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062865328
ISBN-10: 0062865323
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English