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A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceWinner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Picture BookA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities! As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, Building Our House is Jonathan Bean's retelling of his own family's true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the author's collection.

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Jonathan Bean

Jonathan Bean lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in a yellow brick building, on the third floor, above a café, in a small apartment where he keeps all his money and jewels on the doorstep, so thieves can find them, but sleeps with his drawings under the mattress. He can sometimes be spotted down the street at his favorite bookstore, The Midtown Scholar, or around town drawing people or watering his rooftop garden. If you tell him making picture books is the best job in the world he will agree.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College, Jonathan moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children when hired by Cricket in 2004. Since then, Jonathan's worked for numerous publishers and his illustration and writing have received widespread recognition. He has illustrated six picture books and just won his second Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for his latest book, Building Our House. His next book, Big Snow, arrives this Fall.

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