Fort-Building Time


fort-building time cover

Knopf/Random House, 2017

Abigail Halpin, illustrator

Julia Maguire, editor

Grab your blankets and pillows! From the creators of Finding Wild, a new picture book that follows the changing of the seasons and is as cozy as a fort.
Winter, spring, summer, fall. Each season brings new materials to make the perfect fort. From leaves to snow, from mud to sand, there is a different fort throughout the year. As a group of friends explore and build through the seasons, they find that every fort they make is a perfect fort.
From the team behind Finding Wild, which Publishers Weekly called -a sparkling debut- and a -whimsical meditation on the idea of wildness, – Megan Wagner Lloyd and Abigail Halpin are together again for a portrayal of a classic childhood endeavor that is perfect all year long.



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“At a time when more children look to screens for their fun, this book might remind them to look around instead. VERDICT Use in the classroom for fun project-based learning, or at home with your sheets and couch cushions. Recommended.”

–School Library Journal

“Playful reading fun.”

–Kirkus Reviews

“When is the best time for fort building? Any time, any season, as explained in this zestful picture book . . . Ebullient illustrations in watercolor and colored pencils invite readers to get busy building. The delightfully detailed, colorful double-page spreads spur imagination and enthusiastically embrace fun.”