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What is Soft?
What is Soft?

What is Soft?

By Susan Kantor, Illustrated by Erin Barker



14 Pages, 5.5 x 5.5

Formats: Board Book

Board Book, $7.99 (US $7.99) (CA $10.99)

Publication Date: April 2018

ISBN 9781936669639

Rights: WOR

blue manatee press (Apr 2018)

Price: $7.99


A gentle board book perfect for bedtime

What is soft? Soft can be all kinds of things: a sweater, a whisper, the tickling of grass under your feet. This gentle read-aloud explores the many different ways “soft” appears in our world, with a perfect ending to send little ones into sweet, soft dreams!


"'Soft is a feather, soft is a cloud, / soft is a whisper, soft is not loud': So goes the rhyming text, which is accompanied by a mix of spot art and full- and double-page spreads in what looks to be a mix of velvety watercolor and pencil. A diverse cast of wide-eyed children, adult caregivers, and animals acts out the scenes. Most of the illustrations are endearing, particularly one of a brown-eyed, brown-skinned tot bottle-feeding a baby lamb and another of a black father and child enjoying a goodnight kiss on the last spread. ...[T]he abundance of examples will give caregivers and children plenty of ideas for spotting softness in the world around them." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Erin Barker is an illustrator and designer living and working in Cincinnati, OH. When she isn't drawing, painting, or making up weird characters, you can find her at blue manatee children's bookstore talking about Harry Potter, rollerblading, musical theatre, or the X-Files. "What is Soft?" is her first children's book. Susan Kantor worked as a graphic designer, children's book editor, and a senior writer/editor for Girl Scouts of the USA. She leads public and private tours at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, where she is a docent, and also writes children's book reviews for Jewish Book World. She earned a B.A. in graphic design and art history from the University of North Florida. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Susan lives in New York City.