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Loan Stars Spring 2020

The Little Red Shed
By (author): Adam Young By (author): Jennifer Young
Adam Young , Jennifer Young


Breakwater Books - St. John's



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 7
May 15, 2020
Print Run: 2000
$14.95 CAD


9in x 7.5 x 0.12 in | 0 kg

Page Count:

36 pages


36 Colour illustrations
Breakwater Books Ltd
Breakwater Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying
Children’s / Teenage fiction: General, modern and contemporary fiction|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Bullying and harassment
Featured in the Best Books for Kids & Teens Catalogue 2021


Once upon a fine morning, a little shed awakens to discover she isn’t quite the same as she used to be. Uncertain and feeling as if she no longer fits in, she decides to leave home and sets out to sea. All alone on the wide, wide ocean, she meets an extraordinary new friend who sees how special she really is, and with newfound confidence, the little red shed returns home and inspires everyone to cherish their differences.

Adam and Jennifer Young live on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, with their two daughters and their dog, Johnny Cash. An accomplished visual artist, Adam is best known for his original, whimsical, and vividly colourful depictions of Eastern Canada.

Contributor Website

"In The Little Red Shed, by Adam Young and Jennifer Young, a shed goes on a journey (really!) and comes home to realize just how important it is to cherish what makes us different." - Most Anticipated: Spring 2020 Books for Young Readers, 49th Shelf

“From worry and despair through compassion and hope and finally self-appreciation and diversity, The Little Red Shed offers a lesson for young children to accept themselves as they are, not as others decide they should be... Adam and Jennifer Young make sure the text is minimal, enough to carry a story, choosing words that are absolute in their power and naturalness... The voice of the story is ideal for young children, helping them understand that differences are not a curse but a gift… With Adam Young's bold and colourful art, the story is carried from the darkness and despair of stormy blues through the hope of green and ending with the vibrancy of the rainbow of sheds and water and landscape. There is so much movement and emotion in Adam Young's illustrations that the story of the little red shed becomes an odyssey of self-discovery and colour that every reader can and will appreciate.” - Storywraps, CanLit for Little Canadians

"This is a wonderful book with a positive message of celebrating who you are. We are all made different and unique. Together we weave a diverse tapestry where everything and everyone is a thread. All need to feel accepted and included to make the glorious cloth complete. The Little Red Shed is an inspirational story that encourages everyone to applaud their individuality. I highly recommend this book!" - Storywraps, Atlantic Books Today

“Adam Young’s bold and brightly-hued illustrations make this book a visual treasure but the poignant message about diversity and self-acceptance is both timely and timeless. The lively, folk-art style of the artwork beautifully depicts the maritime setting and provides wonderful energy and motion. The simple verse narrative looks at the pain of being rejected for being different, the difference that one person (or whale!) can make and how being true to yourself can inspire others.” - Lisa Doucet, "Must-Have Young Reader Books of 2020", Atlantic Books Today

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