Written by Lindsay Zier-Vogel
Illustrated by Caroline Bonne-Müller
Published by Kids Can Press
Alice loves her street. She loves its tall maple trees and marigolds and its apartment buildings with their colourful balconies. But not everyone feels the same. “Grumble, grumble, more construction, grumble, late, grumble,” she overhears. So Alice decides to write her street a love letter, which she leaves for someone to find. Through the seasons, as Alice encounters people grumbling about other things, she writes those things love letters, too, and leaves them to be found. She writes to her local park, a maple tree and even the snow. Then, one day, when Alice finds herself grumbling, she discovers a letter someone else has written to the spring crocuses. And Alice feels the joy she has been spreading to others come back to her!
Lindsay Zier-Vogel is an author, arts educator, grant writer, and the creator of the internationally acclaimed Love Lettering Project. After studying contemporary dance, she received her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of the acclaimed debut novel Letters to Amelia and her work has been published widely in Canada and the UK. Since 2001, she has been teaching creative writing workshops in schools and communities. Lindsay lives in Toronto with her family. Dear Street is Lindsay’s first picture book, and is a 2023 Junior Library Guild pick and has been nominated for a Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award.
Twitter / X: @lindsayzv
Letters to Amelia (Book*hug Press 2021) (Adult novel)
Dear Street (Kids Can Press 2023) (Picture book)
Caroline Bonne-Müller was born in France, raised in the Netherlands and has also lived in Malaysia. After studying fashion design in Amsterdam, she worked as a fashion designer for fourteen years. She has been fascinated by picture books since she was a child, but the idea to illustrate them one day was planted after she had her three children. Caroline has illustrated several picture books, including Portrait of an Artist: Claude Monet; Beatrix and her Bunnies: The Story of Beatrix Potter; and So Much More to Helen! The Passions and Pursuits of Helen Keller. Her illustrations have also appeared in magazines, on greeting cards and even on jigsaw puzzles! Caroline now works and lives near Lucerne, Switzerland, looking over a lake and mountains, with her husband, three kids and four cats.
Twitter / X: @CartitaDesign