Out Into the Big Wide Lake

2022 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winner
2021 Governor General's Literary Awards Finalist
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2021

Author: Paul Harbridge

Illustrated by: Josee Bisaillon

Publisher: Tundra Books

Kate, a young girl with Down Syndrome, spends the summer with her grandparents on a lake, is befriended by a dog named Parbuckle and learns to drive a boat. When a family emergency arises, will she be able to handle it?

Released: May 18, 2021 (Tundra Books/Penguin Random House)


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“A heartening Canadian picture book with an emotionally resonant ending.”STARRED REVIEW – Booklist, May 2021

“The author was motivated to write this meaningful and charming story by his own incredibly accomplished sister who has Down Syndrome. He is obviously proud of her and her achievements, and his tender respect shines through this charming tale.”CM: Canadian Review of Materials, June 2021

“Harbridge and Bisaillon succeed in showing their readers that Down syndrome is only a part of who a person is, and that having any diagnosis doesn’t limit our ability to be active or to inspire members of our families and our communities.”Montreal Review of Books, July 2021

“Colourful mixed-media illustrations by Montreal’s Josée Bisaillon add visual appeal to this heartwarming story, and manage to capture the outdoor joys of summer vacation.”Postmedia, June 2021

“The book is extraordinarily sensitive and beautiful, and Kate is an unforgettable character.”Imaginary Elevators, July 2021

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About the Illustrator: Josée Bisaillon

As a young girl, Josée loved drawing cats and houses. She really enjoyed school and always returned home full of stories to tell. She liked being in the classroom so much that she pursued her education all the way to university, where she studied graphic design. It was there that she fell in love with illustration.

Since 2005, with scissors and brushes in hand, Josée has illustrated more than 30 children’s books, as well as magazines and newspapers for adults, all around the world.

Josée lives just outside of Montreal with her spouse, their 3 children one hairless cat and many paper characters.

Follow Josée on: Instagram | Twitter | Website

Additional information


Tundra Books





Age Range

4-8 years