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Author: Jonathan Bean Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781427232311
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013

In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities!

As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, Building Our House is Jonathan Bean's retelling of his own family's true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the author's collection.

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Quotes & Awards

  • What's heartwarming throughout is the depiction of a tight-knit family (‘My family makes up a strong crew of four'). Booklist

  • Wonderfully detailed, often humorous. BCCB
  • A warm look at the nuts and bolts of building a house and turning it into a home. Publishers Weekly
  • * Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting. The Horn Book, starred review
  • * Lovingly told, this captivating tale will help satisfy a child's curiosity of what it takes to create a building from scratch. School Library Journal, starred review
  • * Raise the roof for this picture book. It's something special. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • Shot through with pioneer spirit . . . Bean's terrific illustrations show a loving family, living in a mobile home as they gather lumber and pour concrete . . . Children will enjoy the comforting solidity of shoring up foundations and sawing strong boards. The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)
  • “Children ages 3–10 who already like tools and diggers aren't the only ones who will respond to the warmth and optimism in these clear, detailed, gently color-washed pages. The Wall Street Journal

  • Winner of CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2014
  • Nominated for Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, 2016
  • Charlotte Zolotow Award / Honor Book, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Illinois Monarch K-3 Children's Choice AW ML, 2016
  • Winner of Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for ALA Notable Children's Books, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for NYTBR Notable Children's BOTY, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, 2013

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