Don’t Forget by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker
This book was part of the Notable list for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards – Picture Book of the Year.
Don’t forget to make your bed, and wear socks that fit your feet… Don’t forget to care, to play, To run, to laugh… Sometimes, we need to remember all the things we can do to be part of the world. Small things, like offering a smile. And bigger things, like hoping, dreaming, imagining…
Like ice-cream and jelly, some partnerships strike perfection. That’s how it is when Jane Godwin and Anna Walker come together to create children’s books. The delight in their collaboration is the simplicity of the everyday, bringing alive the magical world of childhood.
As adults we are forever telling children what to do. Brush your teeth! Do your homework! But what if we reminded them to take pleasure in the little things instead?
Like a lesson in mindfulness, ‘Don’t Forget’ asks us to focus on the small, beautiful moments that fill our days. It encourages children to notice the wonder of a freshly picked flower or the pure joy that can be found in the bond between dog and child. It reminds us to engage in gratitude and to celebrate community and belonging.
This is a book for children and adults alike. Its beautiful pages draw you deep into a child’s world, and remind us all what’s truly important.