There is a TRIBE of KIDS

A whimsical, expressive, and perfectly-paced picture book meditation on childhood from children's book luminary Lane Smith.

There is a TRIBE of KIDS by Lane Smith

When a young boy embarks on a journey alone...
he trails a colony of penguins,
undulates in a smack of jellyfish,
clasps hands with a constellation of stars,
naps for a night in a bed of clams,
and he follows a trail of shells,
home to his friends—a tribe of kids.

If Lane Smith's Caldecott honor book Grandpa Green was an homage to aging and the end of life, There is a Tribe of Kids is a meditation on childhood and life's beginning. Whimsical, expressive, and perfectly paced, this story plays with language as much as it embodies imagination.

Winner of the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal

Roaring Brook Press, ISBN: 9781626720565, $18.99 

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About the Author

Lane Smith is the author and illustrator of Caldecott Honor book Grandpa Green, runaway New York Times bestseller It's a Book, Kate Greenaway Medalist There Is a Tribe of Kids, and A Perfect Day, among others. He was named the 2012 Carle Artist and received the 2014 Society of Illustrators lifetime achievement award. He lives in an old house in Connecticut with the designer Molly Leach.


“One of the book’s delights is its shifting moods and colors, which feel like the movements of an orchestral work. . . . organically formed. . . . vivid and clean.” —Publishers Weekly, starred

"There is much to savor and explore in this cleverly crafted picture book, and readers will glean more with each perusal. A must-have.”—School Library Journal, starred

“A fresh, clever story, at once childlike and intriguing. All readers will enjoy the verbal and visual wordplay presented in a simply gorgeous palette.”—Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

Beautifully, remarkably done. I can't wait to see it in our store.”—Alison Nolen, Linden Tree Books, Los Altos, CA

“I absolutely LOVED There is a Tribe of Kids. The illustrations are gorgeous and lend themselves for art projects for little ones.”—Katherine Pinard, McIntyre’s books, Pittsboro, NC

"What a lovely book! Lane Smith creates a whimsical, almost magical suspension of time in beautiful illustrations, following a child through collections of animals.”—Shoshana Smith, The Reading Bug, San Carlos, CA

"This is a picture book that will grow with a child. There is so much to share within this book and I can’t wait to see what kids will discover for themselves within its pages! For readers of all ages."—Johanna Albrecht, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

“Gorgeously textured and colored. . . . witty and humorous. . . Smith soars in this earnest, meditative work about longing, the joy of interaction, and family. Absolutely radiant.”—Kirkus Revies,, starred review

“A kaleidoscopic look at nature imbued with a playful love of language that young readers can’t fail to embrace.”—Booklist, starred review

“Appealing and kid-friendly--yet artfully stylized and elegantly hip.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review

“This is a profoundly welcoming book... fresh and full of adventure and sweetness. . . .about how each of us has a story of our own to tell.”—Washington Post

“It’s a story that is, at turns, funny and moving. . . .and always entertaining. It’s not to be missed.”—BookPage

“Loneliness, longing and quirky collective nouns combine to endearing effect.”—Wall Street Journal

“Exudes a Chaplinesque charm, skillfully blending slapstick and melancholy.”—The New York Times