Illustrated by Christopher Denise
Christy Ottaviano Books, 2019
This joyful picture book celebrates middle children and sibling love.
When you’re in the middle . . . you’re not the oldest, and you’re not the youngest. You are right in between. There’s someone bigger who helps you and someone smaller who needs you. From the middle, you can see both sides.
But being in the middle isn’t always easy―sometimes it’s hard to know what makes you special, or how to follow a path that’s just your own. Bunny in the Middle, this classic picture book from Anika A. Denise highlights the remarkable empathy of middles and the joys of self-acceptance, glowingly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Christopher Denise.
- A Kids Indie Next List Pick
- A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year
- An Amazon Editors’ Pick
“This sweet picture book acknowledges the special place each sibling occupies in a family. . . Kids will savor adorable details, such as children’s artwork on a bedroom wall and winsome animal students lined up for school in a tree. Charming and comforting.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“[An] ode to the middle kid. The illustrations are lush . . . with inviting joy, and the subtle shading and gentle linework of the pencil and digital art envelop the scenes with a cozy feel. A nice gift for a youngster expecting a new addition to the family.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The author deftly describes precise situations that require compromise. . . Denise employs Photoshop, Procreate and pencil for scenes brimming with affection. This creative team parents three girls and here shares insights honoring the child who’s sometimes overlooked.” ―School Library Journal