Sydney and Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World: A Conversation with Jacqueline Davies, Deborah Hocking and Grace Lin!

We are delighted to host a virtual program with the author/illustrator team of Jacqueline  Davies (The Lemonade War series) and Deborah Hocking, as they talk with award-winning author Grace Lin about their brand-new early chapter book,  Sydney and Taylor Explore the Whole Wide WorldThis free program is meant for young readers as well as parents, educators, and librarians excited by great chapter books for kids ages 6 - 9. Expect some fun giveaways to be raffled off to attendees! in addition, anyone who buys the book that evening will also get a bookplate signed by the author!  Register HERE!

About the Book: Best-selling author Jacqueline Davies tells the story of two unlikely friends: Sydney and Taylor, a skunk and a hedgehog who strike out to discover the great unknown, despite how afraid they are of it. Charming full-color illustrations by Deborah Hocking, combined with a laugh-out-loud story, make this chapter book perfect for fans of the Mercy Watson and Owl Diaries series.

Sydney is a skunk and Taylor is a hedgehog, but no matter how odd the pairing may seem, their friendship comes naturally. They live happily in their cozy burrow . . . until the day Taylor gets his Big Idea to go see the Whole Wide World. From mountains taller than a hundred hedgehogs, valleys wider than a thousand skunks, to the dangers that lie in the human world, Sydney and Taylor wanted to see it all. With a map and a dream, they bravely set off, soon discovering that the world is much bigger than they realized.

"With a nod to The Wind in the Willows... Davies sends an odd-couple pair of animal burrow mates out to explore the "whole wide world."-- Booklist, STARRED review

About our Guests:

Jacqueline Davies is the talented writer of several novels and picture books, including The Lemonade War series and The Boy Who Drew Birds. Ms. Davies lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family. Discover more at

Deborah Hocking has illustrated many children's books including Build, Beaver, Build! Life at the Longest Beaver DamThe Great Henry Hopendower, and Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert. When she's not drawing, you can find her taking her sweet spotted pup for a hike, renovating her 100-year-old cottage, or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Newbery and Caldecott Honoree Grace Lin is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of novels, early readers, and picture books. Her novel When the Sea Turned to Silver (a companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) was a National Book Award Finalist. Grace is an occasional commentator for New England Public Radio as well as a video essayist for PBS News Hour. She is also the speaker of the popular TEDx talk "The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf" and the co-host of the Book Friends Forever podcast. In 2016, Grace's art was displayed at the White House where Grace herself was recognized by President Obama's office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

Event date: 

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Online Crowdcast event!
Sydney and Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358106319
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

Best-selling author Jacqueline Davies tells the story of two unlikely friends: Sydney and Taylor, a skunk and a hedgehog who strike out to discover the great unknown, despite how afraid they are of it.