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When Sunlight Tiptoes

9781459834507 | Board book
Illustrated by Soyeon Kim
Published by Orca Book Publishers, Mar. 2023

Vibrant language and rhythm celebrate the start of a new day in this uplifting poem about a city waking up.

On a beautiful, sunny morning, a family runs errands along a city street. They visit a bakery, flower shop and fruit market. Exuberant in sounds and sights - a baker sugaring tarts, flowers greeting passers-by and pigeons cooing - the story ends as a new day of sparkling possibility begins. Written in pantoum form and illustrated with delightful three-dimensional diorama images that play with light and shadow, When Sunlight Tiptoes is sure to brighten the day of our littlest readers.


⌘ Selected for Indigo's Best Kids' Books of 2023

Available online and hopefully at your local bookstore.

Some kind words:

A family welcomes the start of a new day when "sunlight tiptoes over our eyes" in this reiterative picture book, composed as a pantoum whose interwoven quatrains appear on successive pages. ... a concluding moment emanates warmth as the trio relish the sun, the poem coming full circle for a satisfying read.


Accompanied by soft illustrations that match the morning mood, this is a wonderful way to begin a day with children and set them up to speak to their own beginnings.


A small board book that packs a big literary punch. The soft pastels of a cozy home on a mildly busy block within a larger cityscape invite readers to follow one small family's gentle foray into the morning.