Synopses & Reviews
Before you came . . .
This gentle, wonder-filled celebration is the perfect book for parents, children, and all those who have discovered the joy of sharing their world with someone new.
Luminous artwork by Caldecott Medalist David Diaz brings vibrant life to this lyrical reflection by the mother-daughter writing team of Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest.
The celebrated mother-daughter writing team of Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and her daughter Emily MacLachlan Charest joins Caldecott Medalist Diaz for a beautiful celebration of family love. Full color.
About the Author
Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall
, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time
; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt
; Caleb's Story
; More Perfect Than the Moon
; Grandfather's Dance
; Word After Word After Word
; Kindred Souls
; and The Truth of Me
. She is also the author of many much-loved picture books, including Three Names
; All the Places to Love
; What You Know First
; Painting the Wind
; Who Loves Me?
; Once I Ate a Pie
; I Didn't Do It
; Before You Came
; and Cat Talk
, several of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives with her husband and two border terriers in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including smoky night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. Mr. Diaz lives in Southern California.
Emily MacLachlan Charest lives with her husband, her children, Sofia and Nicholas, two dogs, and one oversized cat, Romeo, who thinks he's a dog. She works with young children. She is the coauthor of Bittle, Painting the Wind, Once I Ate a Pie, and other books. She lives in Massachusetts.