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Christy Hale

Out the Door


Follow a girl through her day in a busy city as she travels to school and back again in this inviting book that teaches directional concepts like over, under, and through.

Out the door,
down the stoop,
past the neighbors,
along the block ...

Through tree-lined streets, onto a crowded subway car, into the classroom with friends, and finally, retracing her steps back home again. There's so much to see in Christy Hale's warm, richly textured collage artwork and simple, evocative text set in a busy Brooklyn cityscape.

Out the Door is the perfect back-to-school book for young kids learning to find their way around a city. Parents and teachers can use this read-aloud to familiarize kids with a host of directional words to describe their first school days.

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year


About the Author
Christy Hale has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including four that she also wrote: Todos Iguales/All Equal: Un Corrido de/A Ballad of Lemon Grove, Water Land: Land and Water Forms around the World, The East-West House: Noguchi's Childhood in Japan, and Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building. An art director, designer, and educator, Hale teaches writing for picture books at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She now lives with her family in Palo Alto, California but spent many years in Brooklyn, NY where this book is set.