Let's Do Everything and Nothing (Hardcover)
March/April 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“Let's Do Everything and Nothing is perfect for new families. It gorgeously encapsulates the love and joy in the infinitesimal moments of simply existing together. It's heartwarming, beautiful to look at, and carries a lovely message.”
— Cristina Russell, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
Let's Do Everything and Nothing is a lush and lyrical picture book from Julia Kuo celebrating special moments—big and small—shared with a child.
Will you climb a hill with me?
Dive into a lake with me?
Reach the starry sky with me,
and watch the clouds parade?
Love can feel as vast as a sky full of breathtaking clouds or as gentle as a sparkling, starlit night. It can scale the tallest mountains and reach the deepest depths of the sea.
Standing side by side with someone you love, the unimaginable can seem achievable.
But not every magical moment is extraordinary. Simply being together is the best journey of all.
Julia Kuo is a Taiwanese-American illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, Google, and Science Friday. Julia has taught illustration courses at Columbia College Chicago and at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis. She is the illustrator of Drawing Leaves and Trees: Observing and Sketching the Natural World, I Dream of Popo written by Livia Blackburne, Katrina Goldsaito's The Sound of Silence, Roni Schotter's Go, Little Green Truck!, Melissa Gilbert's Daisy and Josephine, 20 Ways to Draw a Dress, 20 Ways to Draw a Cat, and Everyone Eats.
"This stirring ode to the love between parent and child is a must-have for all collections." —School Library Journal, starred review
"[A] simple yet powerful salute to mothers and daughters and the time they spend together... This exquisite book would be a perfect gift to bring to a baby shower." —BookPage, starred review
"This offering would make a wonderful gift book for expectant parents and may inspire young readers with new ideas for outdoor activities... A quiet book with a loud message about the everyday things that create constancy in a world of ephemeral pleasures." —Kirkus Reviews
"Kuo’s distinctive digital illustrations, both delicate and bold, pop off the page..." —Publishers Weekly
"Perfect for a Mother's Day display or storytime." —Booklist
Praise for I Dream of Popo:
“Readers will connect with this visual story on various levels or learn something new; possibly both. #Ownvoices tributes to childhood memories of home: It is as much an emotional space as a physical place.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A richly nuanced narrative that illuminates the interstices of one family’s diasporic experience.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A tender, emotionally resonant tale of a girl who must say goodbye to Popo, her beloved grandmother, when her family emigrates from Taiwan to the United States.” —The Buffalo News
“A beautiful story to share between parents or grandparents and the children they love.” —The Daily Press
“A lyrical and heartfelt tribute to the power of love across geography and generations.” —Bookpage