Everybody needs a rock

Everybody Needs a Rock children's book by Byrd BaylorEveryone always asks where we find children’s books, and the truth is, the best ones always come recommended by my mother. How lucky we are to have a teacher in the family! This past weekend, my four year-old grabbed Byrd Baylor’s  Everybody Needs a Rock off her bookshelf, and was instantly smitten.

This lovely story is that rare one that doesn’t talk down to kids, it doesn’t speak in rhymes as it describes how important it is that every kid has one special rock in their lives. Even more than a tricycle. Even more than a three-room playhouse.

The author lays out ten poetic rules for choosing your rock:

A rock as big as
an apple
is too big.
A rock as big as
a horse
too big.

The earthy line drawings by Peter Parnall are evocative and soulful, and I particularly love that the narrator is a girl. But most of all, in a world where kids are often faced with BIGGER LOUDER FASTER MORE it really is nice to be reminded of the importance of making decisions thoughtfully and carefully – and of course, of the quiet joy of a rock in your pocket on a spring afternoon. –Liz

Find Everybody
Needs a Rock
by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall from our affiliate Amazon

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  • Reply April 9, 2010


    This is perfect! My (just barely) 4 year old daughter can’t come home without a pocket full of rocks. We’ve actually had to set a limit on the number she’s allowed to bring inside each time!

    Off to place my order!

  • Reply April 9, 2010


    I had this book when I was little!!! I must get this for my son! thanks for reminding me of its awesomeness!!

  • Reply April 10, 2010


    We got that book in a Cheerios’ box years ago. It’s definitely one of my favourites; the pictures, the poetry, are so wonderful! My boys are in the constant search for their own perfect rock. We have a few contenders around the apartment …

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