All the World

by Liz Garton Scanlon
illustrated by Marla Frazee

All the World has simple, lyrical couplets and lovely illustrations that combine to create a powerful celebration of the world and humankind. The story follows a multicultural family throughout one summer day as they go to various places (a farmer's market, a cafe, a lakeside pavilion...) and share the small moments of their lives together.

In their glowing review of this book, School Library Journal rightly called it "a small slice of the world" and "perfection."

Every once in a while, a book comes along that reminds us to notice the beauty in the ordinary. This is one of those books, full of lovely watercolor illustrations and lyrical but spare text about how wonderful an ordinary day can be! Frazee's gorgeous, watercolor and pencil illustrations communicate the beauty and wonder that exists in our everyday lives.

Awards Won
    * Caldecott Honor Book 2010
    * American Library Association Notable Children's Book
    * National Council for the Social Studies Notable Social Studies Book
    * Horn Book Fanfare Award Book
    * International Reading Association Children's Book Award
    * Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book List
    * School Library Journal Best Books Lists 2009
    * New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  K-Gr. 2              DRA Level:    30               Lexile Measure: 380L
Grade Level Equiv: 1.3            Guided Reading:  N

See Inside
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Marla Frazee's books are full of delightful illustrations. Check them out!

This book won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for best children's books. Check out our list of all the books that have won the Caldecott Award.