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The Knowing Book

Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.95*
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This picture book is a celebration of life and the perfect gift to mark any milestone, from a new baby to a birthday to graduation. Illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell!
In this inspiring story, a young rabbit travels through the wide world, experiencing joy and sorrow and wonder. Along the way he chooses a path and explores the unknown. And at the end of his journey, braver and more confident, he returns home—a place he can always count on. Author Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s wise words and Cordell’s beautiful illustrations combine in this book ideal for any special gift-giving occasion, and is an excellent choice for any graduate!

Praise For The Knowing Book

"A poem's gentle admonishments nudge readers to open themselves up to the world....Children will intuitively understand the reassuring embrace of the enveloping dome overhead....A frenzy of feeling, pen strokes, and verse that seeks to excite and empower young people just awakening from childhood slumber." — Kirkus Reviews

"(Author) Dotlich urges readers to take risks ... (and) Cordell's ink-and-wash drawings give the pages life and humor..." — Publishers Weekly

"This picture book encourages readers to make the most of their lives....Curiosity and adventure are encouraged.... The beautiful pen and ink with watercolor illustrations are as goose bump–inducing as the words of wisdom in the text. This inspirational book could be given as a graduation gift at almost any age." — School Library Journal

Boyds Mills Press, 9781590789261, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

About the Author

Rebecca Kai Dotlich is the author of One Day, The End and When Riddles Come Rumbling, among other titles. Her poetry and picture books have won various honors, including a Golden Kite Honor Award. She lives in Carmel, Indiana. Visit

Matthew Cordell is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Knowing Book and If You Were a Chocolate Mustache.  His title Wolf in the Snow won the 2018 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago. Visit