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Our Big Little Place

Our Big Little Place

By James A. Conan
Illustrated by Nicolle Lalonde
Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Hardcover : 9781773213170, 36 pages, September 2019 , 12.10" x 8.30"


Big or small, apartment or house, they’re all home.

Come inside one boy’s high-rise apartment complex, where his backyard is the space between his neighboring apartment buildings, and his basketball net is tucked into a bedroom. His parents sometimes complain their home is too small, but the boy’s balcony view of the city and the extended play space of the hallways are a few ways that make the boy’s house feel just the right size.

Our Big Little Place is a charming child’s-eye-view tribute to the power of imaginative play and the diversity of the living spaces we call home.


“Great storyline. ” 

- The Write Path, 10/10/19

“Conan and Lalonde remind us that the only true limit on space is our imagination. ” 

- CBC News, 08/07/19

“A gentle family tale that reflects the diversity of a big city . . . This playful story proves that small spaces can feel large with a little imagination. ” 

- Kirkus Reviews, 06/10/19

“A great exploration of what home and community are in the eyes of a small child growing up in a big city. Highly Recommended. ”

- CM Reviews, 09/27/19

“The illustrations are kid-friendly, full of activity, details and fun . . . a wonderful debut book by the author. ” 

- Storywraps, 07/17/19