You'll Always Be My Chickadee cover


By: Kate Hosford

Illustrated by: Sarah Gonzales

Published: April 30, 2024

Publisher: Chronicle Kids


This lyrical story celebrates nature as well as the love between a parent and child. The rhythm of the story makes it perfect for reading before naptime or bedtime. Kids always love hearing how much they are loved and cared for and this book does that while also celebrating all the beauty of nature. From vegetables growing in the garden to the trees in the forest to a butterfly coming out of a cocoon to the stars in the nighttime sky, your child will know they are loved.

You'll Always Be My Chickadee page spread

The calming illustrations flow well from page to page. Among the verses, you’ll see a parent and child enjoying a day in nature until eventually, the shadows in the day are extending and it is time to go to sleep. My favorite page was the parent and child snuggling together at the end of the day with the verse, “No matter where we choose to roam, you’ll always be my heart and home.” Even though I am now the mom of adults, I am always the happiest when I am with my little chickadees (who are no longer little).

Kate Hosford is the author of six picture books and two poetry collections, garnering awards such as an American Library Association Notable Book, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Her books have been published in eight languages. She is a graduate of Amherst College and Vermont College of Fine Arts where she earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Kate lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. For more information, check out her website, HERE.

Sarah Gonzales is a Filipino Canadian illustrator living in Montreal, Quebec. She is a graduate of Alverta University of the Arts and has illustrated several books for children. Born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Canada near the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, she was inspired by vast landscapes and memories of long family hikes when creating the art for this book. For more information, check out her website, HERE.

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