Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones

Ages 2+

Around the world, little ones are carried in many different ways: in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms. Up! depicts ten places around the world, from Afghanistan to northern Canada, Peru to West Africa. In each place, a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling lovingly carries a baby.

With various family configurations and settings ranging from a busy outdoor market to a high-rise apartment kitchen, the book wholeheartedly celebrates diversity. Gorgeous cut-paper collage art adds warmth and brightness, and brings the lyrical text to life. Repetition of the phrase “Upsy-daisy” on each spread lends familiarity, and reminds readers that love for a little one is a universal feeling.

OwlKids Books, April, 2017
ISBN 978-1771471763


What the Reviewers Say

"Diverse caregivers and babies populate this picture-book depiction of caring and carrying... [D]epictions of families ... use detailed, striking cut-paper collages to consciously highlight and value diversity. For example, girls and women wear the hijab on the spreads for Egypt and Afghanistan, and the depicted Korean father uses a wheelchair while wearing his baby on his chest in a carrier. ...

Repetition of the phrase “upsy-daisy, baby” threads through all interactions, culminating in a scene with a loving multiracial family in an unspecified waterside setting, where a sister picks up her baby sibling. A celebration of baby love as it’s carried out all over the world."

-Kirkus, February 4, 2017

"There are many ways to stay warm, whether you’re curled in bed with a good book or sitting around a fire. For little ones around the world, one of the greatest comforts is being carried by a parent. In Susan Hughes’ new book, Up! How Families Around the World Carry Little Ones, she explores the many ways children are carried around the world, “in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms.

Up! takes readers around the world, bringing them from northern Canada to West Africa, and eight other places in between. Toronto-based illustrator Ashley Barron skillfully uses cut-paper collage art to accelerate the sense of warmth evident on every page.”

-Hamilton Review of Books, April 2017


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