What You Need to Be Warm

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Master storyteller and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Neil Gaiman has written a moving poem, inspired by the ongoing refugee crisis and the memories of his thousands of fans who responded to his question, what do you need to be warm? With illustrations from thirteen of today's beloved artists, this beautiful gift-sized book evokes all the specific ways that we feel safe, welcome, and warm in a sometimes-scary world.

During the coldest season, when the world feels scary-what do you remember about being warm?

Baked potatoes.
A kettle on the stove.
A smile.

And, most of all, the reassurance that you belong.

In his powerful and moving poem, featuring illustrations from thirteen extraordinary artists, bestselling author and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Neil Gaiman draws together many different memories to answer the question, what do you need to be warm?


Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling and multi-award winning author and creator of many beloved books, graphic novels, short stories, film, television and theatre for all ages. He is the recipient of the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, and many Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. Neil has adapted many of his works to television series, including Good Omens (co-written with Terry Pratchett) and The Sandman. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College. For a lot more about his work, please visit: https://www.neilgaiman.com/

Chris Riddell is an acclaimed British artist who lives in Brighton, England. He has written and illustrated many books of his own, including Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and Ottoline Goes to School, and has illustrated, for Bloomsbury UK, The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk; as well as The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Benji Davies loves to draw and make up stories. He has written several picture books and illustrated many more, picking up a clutch of awards along the way. Twice winner of Oscar’s Book Prize, he also won the children’s book category of the AOI World Illustration Awards and was the winner of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book of the Year award. His books have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold over six million copies worldwide. Benji lives in London, England, with his wife and daughter.

Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. From his much-loved debut, How to Catch a Star, Oliver has gone on to create a collection of award-winning and bestselling picture books (including the illustrations for The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt), which have been translated into many languages all over the world. Originally from Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Oliver used to have an imaginary friend called Egbert. But Egbert stole his bicycle and was last seen pedaling west as hard as he could. That was seventeen years ago.

 "Highly recommended. Useful in art or language arts classes, this title would also serve as a gentle but challenging, introduction to social studies or current events units on the contemporary refugee crisis or migration throughout history." -School Library Journal

"Envisioning warmth as both a baked potato and a blanket knit by a loved one, the thoughtful free verse lines build to a powerful final expression: 'You have the right to be here.'" -Publishers Weekly
"A moving meditation on what it means to be safe and warm in a difficult world." -Booklist

"A warm, welcoming invitation to reflect upon the experiences of warmth and comfort, and, perhaps more relevant to the author’s goal, the idea of safety. The tone moves through whimsical reverence, quiet coziness, and somber grief, celebrating that which warms the body and heart while acknowledging how delicate and easily snuffed out those sources are." -Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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