Big Bear and Little Fish

by Sandra Nickel & Il Sung Na (Lerner/Carolrhoda, September 6, 2022)

Friendship comes in all sizes. At the carnival, Bear wants to win a teddy bear as big as she is. Instead, she wins a fish. A very little fish. Bear doesn’t quite know what to do. But with the help of Fish, Bear learns that although she and Fish are different, they are also a little the same.

Gentle, accessible prose by Sandra Nickel is paired with richly textured illustrations by Il Sung Na in this sweet story about accepting others for who they are.

Can you imagine your book being honored for its “potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder”? Well, it happened! Big Bear and Little Fish has been named a Charlotte Huck Award Recommended Book by the National Council of Teachers of English. Big Bear and Little Fish is also on KidLit TV! It was beautifully featured on one of its StoryMakers episodes. It’s still up on the KidLit TV website and you may view it at anytime HERE.

“A delightful tale of unexpected friendship.”—Kirkus

“An endearing and thought-provoking story that boosts self-confidence while promoting friendship, empathy, and new perspectives, Big Bear and Little Fish will become a quick favorite on home bookshelves, a go-to book for classrooms, and a must for school and public library collections.”–Celebrate Picture Books