Finalist, National Book Awards 2023 for Young People's Literature

ISBN 9780316566230
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Book Group
Author photo of Vashti Harrison. (Photo credit: Noam Galai)
Vashti Harrison

Vashti Harrison is the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Big, Little Leaders, Little Dreamers, and Little Legends and the illustrator of Andrea Beaty’s I Love You Like Yellow, Matthew A. Cherry’s Hair Love, and Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic’s Hello, Star, among others. More about this author >

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From a New York Times bestselling and award-winning creator, this deeply moving story shares valuable lessons about fitting in, standing out, and the beauty of joyful acceptance.

The first picture book written and illustrated by award-winning creator Vashti Harrison traces a child’s journey to self-love and shows the power of words to both hurt and heal. With spare text and exquisite illustrations, this emotional exploration of being big in a world that prizes small is a tender portrayal of how you can stand out and feel invisible at the same time.

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Vashti Harrison’s picture book, Big, poignantly explores a young girl’s path to self-love. Compelling pink and blue pastel illustrations combine with exceptionally crafted text to offer an emotional portrayal of how it feels to be big in a world that values and normalizes thinness. This powerful, thought-provoking story will resonate with readers and lead to important conversations between readers of all ages.


Vashti Harrison at the 2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading