All the World

Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky. Illustrated by Marla Frazee and published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster in 2009.


  • 2010 Caldecott Honor Book
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • New York Times Best Book of 2009
  • Horn Book Fanfare Book 2009
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2009
  • Kirkus Best Book of 2009
  • School Library Journal Best Book of 2009
  • Parents’ Choice Gold Award
  • A Blue Ribbon Book from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
  • A New York Public Library’s Children’s Book for Reading and Sharing
  • Winner of the 2009 Cybils Award
  • A 2010 Indies Choice Honor Award
  • Indie Bestseller List
  • A Texas 2×2 Reading List Book
  • Featured in General Mills’ Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories campaign
  • Foreign language versions include Spanish, Porteguese, Japanese, Korean and Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese
  • Video version by Scholastic-Weston Woods, featuring narrator Joanne Woodward

All the World is “… a sumptuous and openhearted poem…(that) expresses the philosophy early readers most need to hear: there’s humanity everywhere. “

The New York Times

“… [ All the World ] magically affirms the importance of even the smallest creatures.” 

Kids’ Indie Next List, Top 10, Fall 2009

“Scanlon and Frazee seem to be saying to readers that the world is not your oyster but your seashell-to discover, wonder at, and hold gently in your hand.”

star Horn Book

“Frazee’s warm, endearing vignettes…are a joyous counterpart to Scanlon’s text. Together they create an empathic, welcoming whole.”

star Publisher’s Weekly 

“At once a lullaby and an invigorating love song to nature, families and interconnectedness.”

star Kirkus


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star School Library Journal

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