Next to You

A Book of Adorableness

When it comes to new babies, friends, or other loved ones, we should remind them of just how darling they are. But are they cuter than a piglet in a sweater? A basket of baby chicks? An elephant calf taking a bath? Of course! Sweet, funny, irreverent, but above all, cute, this keepsake-size book is perfect for both gift-giving and cuddly story times.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 8"
  • 9780807556009
  • March 2016

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  • 9780807556016
  • March 2016

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  • 28 Pages
  • 7" x 7"
  • 9780807555996
  • September 2019

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  • A refreshing alternative to hypersentimental entries in the “I love you more than anything!” genre: sincere without being goopy.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Houran’s irreverent tone and some clever details like an opening page where gift-givers can write the name of their favorite child, “who is just the cutest,” get the job done.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Pass on by that copy of On the Day You Were Born and tuck this into a shower gift instead.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • This offering succeeds at both of its gambits: one look at each old-fashionedly guileless animal will inspire the “Aw…” reflex, and the modernese-tinged narration is somehow genuinely heartwarming.

    - The Horn Book Guide


Sydney Hanson

Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,7 RF.1.1,2,3,3f,4,4a,4b,4c SL.1.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5,6 L.1.1,1b,1c,1e,1f,1h,1j,2,2b,2c L.1.4,4a,4b,4c,5,5a,5b,5c,5d,6 W.1.1,2,3,5,6,7,8

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