Congratulations to ’07 alumn Dianne White on the release of her new picture book, Goodbye Brings Hello!
There are many ways of letting go. With each goodbye, a new hello.
From riding a beloved trike to mastering your first bike ride, from leaving the comforts of home behind to venturing forth on that first day of school, milestones are exciting but hard. They mean having to say goodbye to one moment in order to welcome the next.
Honest and uplifting, this cheerfully illustrated ode to change gently empowers readers to brave life’s milestones, both large and small.
“White and Wiseman have created an engaging set of vignettes that will appeal to young listeners in the process of learning new skills…Told in well-scanning, rhyming couplets, this book of firsts for the very young covers many experiences that mark the progression toward becoming independent… Children will enjoy seeing what new skills the kids in the book learn, and perhaps will become inspired to attempt a new activity.”
“…engaging and accessible to young children… this book will give courage to any child feeling a little nervous or scared to try something new. A great read-aloud for any child going through early life changes.”
“This ode to growing up follows a diverse group of preschoolers as they change and learn in the days leading up to their first day of school… The rhyming text lends itself to being read aloud…The brightly colored, naive-style illustrations add a cheerful positivity to the book. The expressions on the children’s faces change from uncertainty, fear, or determination to proud smiles with their accomplishments.”
School Library Journal
Here is a sneak peek inside the book, and for more, including a printable activity kit, visit Diane’s site!
DIANNE WHITE is the award-winning author of Blue on Blue (S&S/Beach Lane Books), illustrated by Caldecott medalist, Beth Krommes. She holds an elementary bilingual teaching credential and a master’s degree in Language and Literacy. In 2007, she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
After 25 years teaching students of all ages, Dianne now writes full-time from her home in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona.