All the Ways to be Smart

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The award-winning international bestseller that celebrates the myriad talents that each child brings to the world.
Smart is not just ticks and crosses,

smart is building boats from boxes.
 Painting patterns, wheeling wagons,
 being mermaids, riding dragons …
A joyful and exquisitely illustrated book that celebrates all children, and the many unique and wonderful ways to be smart.


Davina Bell is an award-winning author of books for young readers of many ages. She writes picture books (including Under the Love Umbrella and All the Ways To Be Smart), as well as junior fiction, middle-grade fiction, and YA. Davina lives in Melbourne, where she works as a children's book publisher. She talks to kids and adults around the country about the enchanting world of books and ideas. 

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. Allison is represented by the Jacky Winter Group for illustration

 ★ Winner: ABIA Children’s Picture Book of the Year

★ Winner: ABDA Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book

★ Booksellers Association Children’s Book of the Month

"[G]orgeous, accessible, simple, true and brilliant. Everything I want in a picture book."
--Jessica Peterson White, Bookseller Review, Content Book Store

"I remember feeling so frustrated as a child because I wanted there to be more than one meaning of "smart". This book validates how everyone is smart in their own unique way. I want to share this book with every child (and adult!)"
--Lafe Cantrall, Bookseller Review, Oblong Books & Music

"Smart is as unique as each of us and there are infinite ways to be smart. What if we all grew up with this message, imagine the doors it would open and the opportunities it would provide. One of the most pivotal messages that children need to hear and illustrated with a brilliant spectrum of colours that leap from the page and right into the heart."
--Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Librarian Review, Neill Public Library

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