Goodbye Brings Hello: A Book of Firsts (Hardcover)

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Like Bernie Waber's COURAGE and Davis' KINDERGARTEN ROCKS!, this inspiring, vibrantly illustrated gift book is perfect for celebrating life's milestones, both great and small—especially that first day of kindergarten.

There are many ways of letting go. 
With each goodbye, a new hello.
From being pushed on a swing to learning how to pump your legs yourself, from riding a beloved trike to mastering your first bike ride, from leaving the comforts of home behind to venturing forth on that first day of school, milestones are exciting but hard. They mean having to say goodbye to one moment in order to welcome the next.   
Honest and uplifting, this cheerfully illustrated ode to change gently empowers readers to brave life's milestones, both large and small.

About the Author

Dianne is the author of BLUE ON BLUE, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Beth Krommes which received four starred reviews and was also named a Boston Globe Best Picture Book of 2014 and an Amazon Best Books of the Year 2014 (ages 3-5), among others. Dianne makes her home in Arizona and holds an elementary bilingual teaching credential and a Master's in Language and Literacy. In 2007, she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more on Dianne, please visit and on Twitter @diannewrites.

Daniel Wiseman remembers saying goodbye to the training wheels on his bike, and saying a great big hello to skinned knees and elbows. But the freedom of rolling on two wheels was well worth the bumps and bruises. He still rides his (slightly larger) bike almost every day.  Daniel loves to draw, and has illustrated several books for children. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee where he enjoys his life of making pictures, riding bikes, and spending time with the best family anyone could ask for! Visit him at and on Instagram @d_wiseman.

Praise For…

"White and Wiseman have created an engaging set of vignettes that will appeal to young listeners in the process of learning new skills."--Booklist

"This book will give courage to any child feeling a little nervous or scared to try something new."--Kirkus

The brightly colored, naive-style illustrations add a cheerful positivity to the book."--School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544798755
ISBN-10: 0544798759
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 26th, 2018
Pages: 40
Language: English