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Quiet as Mud


A sweet poem about being an introvert in a big loud world. Inspired by a quote from the late, great childrens book author Margaret Wise Brown, this poem honors and celebrates the beauty of being your authentic self. Soothing rhymes and soft illustrations convey the peace of being alone with your thoughts. This is a gentle introduction to the concept of being an introvert, as well as an invitation for child and grown-up readers alike to observe and imagine their inner world and the world around them. What can you hear when you stay quiet as mud?

Jane Yolen is the author of over 400 books for children and adults. Her books, stories, and poems have won many awards including the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, three Golden Kite Awards, and the Jewish Book Award. She lives in Hatfield, MA. Visit, @Jane.Yolen on Facebook, @JaneYolen on Twitter, and @JYolen on Instagram.

Nicole Wong is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her illustrations have been featured in several childrens books, including No Monkeys, No Chocolate and Ferry Tail. Nicole lives with her husband, daughter, and their dogs and cat in Massachusetts. Visit, and @PainterNik9 on Instagram.

A softly joyous picture book that traces the experience of preferring noiselessness…emphasizes the child’s sense of oneness with the world…Combined, text and art radiate contentment.
—Publishers Weekly

A gently paced ode to the silent and soft-spoken…Yolen has crafted an idyllic safe space for daydreamers, shrinking violets, and selectively mute little ones and a sweetly surreal alternative point of view for everyone else… Mild-mannered mindfulness that leads by example.

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