Whole Whale

“Perhaps the truest charm of this book lies in its language, rich with assonance, alliteration, and internal and end rhymes and liltingly cadenced with read-aloud rhythm.”

American Library Association’s Booklist (May 13, 2021)

On this square book cover is the large tail of a blue whale on a mustard background. Various animals such as a panda, lion, sheep, and giraffe surround the tale, which has the title in fat, textured hand-drawn letters.

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Whole Whale Is Available for Preorder! Publication Date: May 14, 2021

Good news! Whole Whale, my debut picture book about making space for all, is coming out May 14, 2021, from Barefoot Books. Available for preorder everywhere books are sold. Read the story behind the story on First Draft to Final Book.

One hundred might fit in this tale,
But can we fit a whole blue whale?

Ask Your Local Library to Purchase Whole Whale!

Please make a purchase request at your local library to help bring this whimsical STEM book to children everywhere.

  • Author: Karen Yin
  • Illustrator: Nelleke Verhoeff
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Release date: May 14, 2021
  • ISBN-10 (book): 1646861639
  • ISBN-13 (book): 978-1646861637
  • ISBN-13 (e-book): 978-1-64686-250-4
  • Grade level: 1–2

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