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You Were the First

You Were the First

Current price: $18.99
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Breakwater Books
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From a Newbery Medal-winning author comes a contemporary classic that's perfect for new parents as well as families with new siblings on the way.
You were the first to smile. You were the first to cry. You were the first to lift your head, to look at the trees and flowers and sky.

There is nothing like the first experience of having a child, a life-changing experience that completely transforms the meaning of love. While all babies in the family are special, a new sibling can be an especially challenging emotional transition for the firstborn, and this unique story addresses those insecurities head-on in a most gentle and lyrical way. You Were the First is also a touching tribute to any baby's early milestones--those unforgettable moments that will always be cherished. From first smiles to first cuddles and even to that first kiss, here's a loving ode to every child's--and parent's--momentous "firsts."

About the Author

Patricia Maclachlan is the author of many beloved children's books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, which won the Newbery Medal in 1986, several other bestselling books in the Sarah series, and picture books including All the Places to Love, What You Know First, Your Moon, My Moon, and Before You Came, co-authored with her daughter. A board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, she lives with her husband in Massachusetts. They have five grandchildren-all of whom are firsts in her heart.

Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of Don't Feed the Baby, Water in the Park, Happy Birthday, Bunny! and several other books. She studied fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and went on to attend the Pratt Institute, where she received a master of fine arts in printmaking. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her online at

Praise for You Were the First

“New parents will appreciate this tender celebration of the parent-first baby bond that grows as fast as the little one does.”

Kirkus Reviews

"A touching celebration for firstborns."—School Library Journal

Praise for Who Loves Me?:

"MacLachlan's cozy, comforting dialogue meanders like a song. A warm and lyrical selection." —School Library Journal

Praise for Painting the Wind:

"The prose flows with the relaxed rhythms of summer. Evocative descriptions bring life and individuality to each artist." —School Library Journal