"An inviting tale that will stretch inquisitive and observant young minds."
The book is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was named by Minh Le at
The Huffington Post for best picture books in the first half of 2016.
"One of my absolute favorite books of the year, I'll tell anyone who will listen that The Sound of Silence is like a dharma talk led by Christopher Robin. Which is about as high a compliment as I can give."
Katrina’s favorite sound is the sound of bare feet on tatami mats.
In Tokyo, she worked as an on-camera TV journalist and producer
for NHK-World, and has written for National Geographic, The Christian
Science Monitor, NPR, and The Japan Times. She lives near Golden Gate
Park with her husband and son, and spends her days eating avocados
and working on her first YA novel.
Julia’s favorite sound is kuk-kuk-kuk (the sound an angry squirrel
makes). She is the illustrator of Go, Little Green Truck and has
created illustrations for American Greetings, the Cleveland Public
Library, The New York Times, and Capitol Records, among many others.
She works from Chicago for most of the year, and from Taipei over
We've been working on some fun digital projects related to The Sound of Silence.
We Doki Doki
Doki doki is the sound your heart makes when you find something you love. Every month,
Katrina and Julia along with collaborators Beau Kenyon and Jonah Goldsaito explore a
new onamatapoeic sound. Come, listen, and watch!
When Katrina visited the 2016 ALA conference in Boston MA, she asked librarians what
their favorite sounds were and recorded their responses. Here are a few with a bit of illustration
sprinkled on top :)