Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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Sun in My Tummy

Sun in My Tummy


2023-2024 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee (K-3)

Top Ten Sustainability Themed Children’s Books 2023, ALA Sustainability RT

TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads 2023

School Library Journal (starred review)

Quill and Quire (starred review) [Jan/Feb 2022 edition]

The cooking of a healthy breakfast moves from parent-child bonding to an eloquent conversation about energy, the growth of plants, and the miraculous ways the sun’s light nourishes us all. 

It began with the sun,
Who showers the earth
With heat and light—
Tiny packets of energy.

How does a home-cooked breakfast give a little girl the energy she needs for a brand-new day? In gently expressive language, her mother takes readers on a journey into the earth where sleepy seeds are tickled awake and grow into golden oats; into blueberry patches, where green leaves break apart water and air to build sweet sugar; and into a pasture where sun becomes grass, becomes cow, becomes milk.

Author Laura Alary’s free verse breaks big ideas into child-sized pieces, making Sun in My Tummy an accessible introduction to the concepts of matter and energy, and how the sun’s light becomes fuel for our bodies through the food we eat. Andrea Blinick’s mixed-media illustrations pair the cozy and homelike with the glowing and dramatic as she takes readers from the kitchen to the farm field and to the sky and back. A concluding Author’s Note shares further information about photosynthesis for young readers.

Available now through your favourite independent bookseller or Amazon.

A downloadable Teaching Guide is available from the Pajama Press website.

To learn more about the background to Sun in My Tummy, here is an interview from Open Book.

More Reviews

CanLit for Little Canadians

CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens 2022 (starred review)

The International Educator

CM: Canadian Review of Materials (Highly Recommended)

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