The Big Book about Being Big

Coleen Murtagh Paratore (Author) Clare Fennell (Illustrator)


A beautifully illustrated picture book with a "BIG" message, BIG is the perfect gift to celebrate all the biggest milestones in life, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Are you big yet? Follow three young friends as they figure out that being BIG isn't measured by years, or weight, or inches. It's being healthy. Being imaginative. Being kind and helpful. It's being a friend to others, and a friend to the Earth. It's being the biggest YOU you can be! Every day, in lots of little ways, readers will discover we all have the chance to be BIG!

Touching on ideas such as health, citizenship, and imagination, BIG is the key to heartfelt dialogue between children and caregivers about the importance of values over valuables.

Product Details

Little Pickle Press
Publish Date
July 02, 2019
10.4 X 0.4 X 10.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Having published twenty books, Coleen Murtagh Paratore shares what she has learned about writing for young people with great enthusiasm. Every time she speaks about writing, she holds up her library card and says, "I am a writer because I was a reader." She credits her mother with taking her on the bus to the city library each Saturday to collect her "treasures" of the week.

Coleen now lives in Troy, NY, and is the proud mother of three BIG sons, Christopher, Connor, and Dylan. In addition to writing, she gives presentations at state and national conferences and book festivals, as well as visiting schools across the country, where she enjoys meeting librarians, teachers, parents, and students. Learn more about Coleen at

Clare was born and raised in Hertfordshire, before moving to Leicester where she obtained a BA Hons Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montfort University. Having graduated, Clare worked for many years in the Greetings Card industry, designing cards, running a studio, product managing and running up and down a lot of stairs.

Now working as a freelance illustrator, she can usually be found working from home in her slippers, drinking too much coffee and daydreaming out of the window.

She works in collage, paint, pen and ink, and anything else she can find, and loves nothing more than finding a funky new fabric she can use in her designs.

Some of her influences include Quentin Blake, Eric Carle, Judith Kerr, Han Solo, and of course her children. She still lives in Leicestershire with her partner, two daughters and their two crazy cats.


"A multiracial cast of children demonstrates that 'BIG is being the / BIGGEST YOU / that you can be'... for redirecting children's focus from things and abilities to relationships and character is the goal." - Kirkus Reviews