• a New York Times Bestseller

  • an Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller

  • a New York Times Bestseller

  • an Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller

  • an Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller

  • a New York Times Bestseller

"Muldrow . . . returns with a second witty compilation of wisdom inspired by the beloved line of children's books. . . a book that will resonate with readers young and old."

Publishers Weekly

“…this unabashed exercise in nostalgia brims with good cheer.”

Wall Street Journal

  • #1 Overall and Hardcover title of 2014, Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller List

  • a #2 New York Times Bestseller

  • a #1 L.A. Times Bestseller

  • a #1 Indie Adult Nonfiction Bestseller

  • a #1 Heartland Bestseller

  • a #1 Pacific Northwest Bestseller

  • a Book Sense National Bestseller

  • a Publishers Weekly Bestseller

  • a Wall Street Journal Bestseller

  • a USA Today Bestseller

  • a 2013 Amazon Best Book of the Year selection

"Muldrow, editorial director at Golden Books, pairs vintage illustrations from titles originally published in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s with aphorisms designed to boost spirits. . . Readers who grew up with Little Golden Books illustrated by the likes of Mary Blair, Tibor Gergely, and Garth Williams will enjoy this optimistic and cheering trip down memory lane."

Publishers Weekly

"A fun and entertaining walk down memory lane for anyone who has grown up within the last 60 years or so and had the pleasure of reading and loving a Little Golden Book. The author, the longtime editorial director at Golden Books, has cleverly strung together a collection of images and text from approximately 65 different books into a guide about enjoying life and what’s important. This title will be great for sharing one-on-one with children. . ."

School Library Journal

". . . offers simple advice that is also very wise."

Huffington Post

"A fun guide to life."

Christian Science Monitor

"Chicken soup for fans of Golden Books."

Kirkus Reviews

"A playful picture book for grown-ups."

Washington Parent

"A charming compendium of little reminders about what it takes to live a happy and fulfilling life today."

Brain Pickings

  • a 2010 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best selection

  • a 2010 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

  • a 2010 Green Book Festival Honorable Mention

  • a 2012 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award finalist

  • a DailyCandy All-Time Favorites Kids' Book

". . . Its unconditional joy and exuberance stand out."

Publishers Weekly

"With a synergistic mesh of lyrical language and bright, expansive illustrations, this picture book . . . is a winner. Muldrow's poetic text shapes beauty from simple observations. . ."

School Library Journal

". . . Muldrow's simple poem--paired with winsome illustrations by New Yorker cover artist Bob Staake--takes its inspiration from [Nobel Prize winner Wangari] Maathai's vision of using trees to help heal the earth. We Planted a Tree tells a story that is as simple as it is profound. . ."

The Christian Science Monitor

"In American Diane Muldrow's We Planted a Tree, . . . the tree that's planted is both local and global. . . a Golden Book at its old best."

The Toronto Star

"We Planted a Tree is a paean to growth and nurturing and vitality. . . a book for all ages. . ."

The Montreal Gazette

"We Planted a Tree is bright, poetic, and engaging. . . The story is vast, showing families and living situations from all over the world including Kenya, Japan, Italy, and France. . . Every page dazzles with whimsy and promises to win over your tot while teaching about colors, shapes, and nature. . ."

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