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Why Are You So Quiet?

Why Are You So Quiet?

By Jaclyn Desforges
Illustrated by Risa Hugo
Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Age: 4–7
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773214344, 32 pages, September 2020 , 9.10" x 9.10"


Into a world where it often seems nobody is listening comes a poignant story that celebrates the power of silence.  

“Why are you so quiet?” Her teacher implores it, her classmates shout it, even her mom wonders it. Everyone, it seems, is concerned for Myra Louise. So, in search of an answer to the tiresome question nobody will stop asking, she invents a listening machine. If the raindrops, or the crickets, or the dryers at the laundromat can tell her why they’re so quiet, maybe Myra Louise can finally make everybody understand. But the more she listens, the less interested she becomes in finding any answer at all. Because Myra Louise comes to realize that all she really needs is someone else to listen alongside her.  

With gorgeous illustrations from Risa Hugo, Jaclyn Desforges’s first picture book champions introversion and the value of being a listener, a thinker, and an observer in our increasingly loud world.


“The illustrations are charming and beautifully done. The book is a tender challenge for children (and adults also) to be silent observant listeners too. Take heed . . . the world has lots to teach us in its silence! I highly recommend this book. Well done!” 

- Storywraps, 06/16/20

“A delightful read. ” 

- BuzzBees Book Reviews, 07/21/20

“A great story for children who both love to talk and love to listen. ” 

- Hidden Worlds Books, 08/25/20

“Celebrates diversity by championing Myra Louise’s quiet, contemplative way of being . . . Should be read aloud in every Kindergarten classroom across the country, but it also deserves a place in libraries and homes. ”

- CM Reviews, *starred review, 06/26/20