The Amazing Idea of You

By Charlotte Sullivan Wild
Illustrated by Mary Lundquist
Bloomsbury, February 5, 2019
ISBN 9781681191836
* Starred Review Publisher’s Weekly

This gorgeous, lyrical picture book celebrating new life is the perfect gift for any child, graduate, or expecting parent.

“Hidden in this apple is the idea of a tree….”

Inside every living thing is an idea. That idea can sprout, sing, wriggle, or take wing into something amazing! What ideas are inside of YOU?

With simple grace, The Amazing Idea of You celebrates the glorious potential in new life and in every child. Fans of Emily Winfield Martin will delight in this loving, gorgeously illustrated story.


* “In Lundquist’s clear, airy art, the child grows older, planting new apple trees as a young adult. At last, she picnics with her own children in the orchard she has grown: ‘All around are apples . . . And every last one/ has an idea inside./ Just like you.’”  ~  * Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“This inspirational picture book bursts with freshness in illustration and text. Deep inside every living thing is the idea that something amazing can emerge—an orchard from an apple seed, a leaping frog from a tadpole, a butterfly from a caterpillar. Beautiful ideas are inside every person as well—perhaps a new song, a colorful painting, or an invention not yet imagined. […]

A gentle yet deliberate reminder of the greatness deep inside every living being.”  ~  School Library Journal

“Opaque, spring-bright colors in the watercolor, pencil, and gouache illustrations… complement the text’s suggested importance of a human connection with nature. … [A] bedtime read-aloud about big ideas and the promise in everyone.”   ~ Kirkus Review

Activities & Worksheets!

For Teachers:

Songs for Story Time:

Free Worksheets:

Bookmark Activity—Apple Tree Life Stages:

Developed by Storyteller Miss Anastasia from The Twig Book Shop!

Find even more crafts, activities & resources on the For Educators page!

The Amazing Idea of You Out & About!

The Writing Barn’s The Porchlight Ep. # 49 with Charlotte Sullivan Wild
Host Bethany Hegedus, 8 May 2019

Empowered Publicity Children’s Books Spotlight Series Ep. #29
Host Jonathan Masiulionis, 25 Apr 2019

“How To Make a Picture Book Dummy”
Host Carolyn Dee Flores, 23 Feb 2019

Image of the Day ~ AMAZING IDEA launch at The Twig Book Shop!
Feb 20, 2019