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Touch the Sky

Illustrated by Chris Park

A story for every child on the cusp of learning something new who just needs an extra push to get there.

Vern longed to be one of the kids who swooped until their toes touched the sky. He heads to the swings and desperately tries to pump his legs, but he just can't get it.


A chance encounter with precocious (and hilarious) Gretchen gives him just what he needs to know, and he finally learns to soar.

Praise for TOUCH THE SKY:

"... legitimately one of my favorites of the year ... Humor and heart. Beautiful art and a smart text. A familiar concept but unfamiliar in a picture book until now. Memorable writing ... It has accessed, by whatever means, the magic required to make a title go from merely good to great." —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

"Throughout, Lucianovic demonstrates a keen, child-friendly understanding of what it’s like to master a new skill: “It feels hard until you get it, and then it’s not.” [Park's} energetic, loosely drawn mixed-media illustrations zing with color ... It’s swing, hit, and no miss with this rip-roaring charmer." —starred, Kirkus Reviews

Picture Book

May 7, 2024

Carolrhoda Books/Lerner 

Cover art by Chris D. Park

Book and cover design by Danielle Carnito

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