Review Kirkus gave us a star review!An inviting tale that will stretch inquisitive and observant young minds.
The Sound of Silence cover


The Sound of Silence popped up on these Best Books of the Year Lists!

People Magazine's 12 Best Books of 2016! NPR's Books of the Year List!
The Boston Globe's Best Books of 2016!
Huffington Post's Best Picture Books of 2016
All The Wonders
And Brainpickings' Best Children's Books of 2016

And the reviews have been beautiful, the full text of Maria Popova's Brain Pickings,

As well as in the The Wall Street Journal, this stunning one in The Boston Globe plus the four starred reviews from School Library Journal, School Library Connection, a starred review and cover of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and Kirkus calling it

"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."

You can find out more about me and the book in this interview by Roger Sutton at The Horn Book and in the Lowell Sun.

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    Written by

    Katrina Goldsaito

    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.

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    Illustrated by

    Julia Kuo

    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 the winter.

Related Projects

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!

  • The Sound of Librarians

    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 :)