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Patchwork (Hardcover)

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By Matt de la Peña, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
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Once again, de la Pena gifts readers with deep beauty, the kind that does not skirt the difficult truths, but reaches into the confusion, sadness and doubt and pulls forth a bouquet of wildflowers. Each child in this lovely patchwork of humanity has been marked, each has challenges and gifts, but their stories, like the stories of the children hearing this tale, are open to greater possibility than the labels placed upon them. Challenges become greatest assets; the rhythm of a basketball becomes the rhythm of a poem. A gift to anyone hoping to find their way!

— Linda

September/October 2022 Kids Indie Next List

“The artwork in this book is bright, colorful, and evokes joy. A beautifully written reminder that we can be many things. We are more ‘than a single note...we are a symphony.’ This book is great for first time parents or a teacher’s library.”
— Keeshia Jacklitch, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC


From a Newbery Medal-winning author and a New York Times bestselling illustrator comes a deeply moving ode to the complexity and uniqueness of every child.

In profound, uplifting verse and sumptuous artwork, beloved creators Matt de la Peña and Corinna Luyken explore the endless possibilities each child contains: A young dancer may grow into a computer coder; a basketball player might become a poet; a class clown may one day serve as an inspiring teacher; and today’s quiet empath might be tomorrow’s great leader. Here's a profound and uplifting new classic with an empowering message for readers of all ages: Your story is still being written.

About the Author

Matt de la Peña is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Milo Imagines the World, Carmela Full of Wishes, Love, and A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, as well as a number of critically acclaimed young adult novels. You can visit Matt at or follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mattdelapena.

Corinna Luyken is the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestseller My Heart, The Tree In Me, and The Book of Mistakes. She is also the illustrator of Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, Nothing in Common, and Something Good. You can visit Corinna at or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @corinnaluyken.

Praise For…

Praise for Patchwork:
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Kids' Indie Next List Pick
A NCTE Notable Poetry Book

“In beautiful verse with artwork to match, this picture book explores the unexpected ways children might grow into themselves.” —

“The call to revel in the glorious patchwork that is 'us' blazes forth from this paean of acceptance.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Celebrates the potential found in every child . . . An apt and inspiring message, beautifully rendered.” —Booklist

“An exultant picture book salute to kids who are a little different . . . De la Peña is at his compassionate best.” —Shelf Awareness

“The pastel spongework patterns that Luyken overlays on these portraits of children aptly evoke de la Peña’s liberating theme: We are not indelibly drawn at birth; our identities shift and blend and bloom.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A poetic ode to possibility that’s perfect for readers who love de la Peña’s lyricism and Luyken’s effortlessly impressionistic art.” —BookPage

“Celebrates [kids'] capacity to explore and change . . . conveying the heartening idea that lives of meaning emerge . . . from 'mismatched scraps accumulated over time/ and stitched together/ into a kind of patchwork.' ” —Publishers Weekly

“A celebration of children and what they may become as successful adults.” —School Library Journal

“Gentle and affirming.” —The Horn Book

“This beautiful picture book depicts the passage of time in a sort of poem—it’s a true masterpiece.” —Brightly

“A beautifully illustrated story of a child exploring self-identity.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

Product Details
ISBN: 9781984813961
ISBN-10: 198481396X
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 30th, 2022
Pages: 48
Language: English