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You Are Here

By Zach Manbeck
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In the tradition of The Wonderful Things You Will Be and I Wish You More, this debut book reminds us that “all who wander are not lost.”  You are here, and from here there are so many places you can go. But how will you...
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"Manbeck offers direction for life's journeys in his children’s book debut. . . . The whimsical illustrations, rendered in gouache and mixed media with digital editing, show sprightly children and their childlike anthropomorphic animal companions romping on giant fantastical play structures that recall Rube Goldberg machines. . . . An uplifting ode to the power of taking small steps to make big changes."
—Kirkus Reviews

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In the tradition of The Wonderful Things You Will Be and I Wish You More, this debut book reminds us that “all who wander are not lost.” 

You are here, and from here there are so many places you can go. But how will you know how to get there? In this warm and wise debut, Zach Manbeck gives readers a poetic roadmap to help us find our way in the world, while also reminding us all that right now, we are here—exactly where we are meant to be.

Both sweet and uplifting, this is a perfect book for a new baby, a new graduate, or anyone who could use a reminder that “all who wander are not lost.”

BE HERE NOW: With playful, approachable language, this book encourages appreciating the moment we’re in and being completely present in it.  

THE PERFECT GO-TO GIFT: The accessible text and charming art make this the ideal book for a wide range of occasions. Whether you are shopping for a baby gift, a graduation gift, or a gift that will inspire readers of any age to approach life as an adventure, this book is for you.

LUSH, COMFORTING ART: Lush backgrounds, a sweet and diverse cast of characters, and just the slightest hint of nostalgia, make this book as comforting as a warm hug.

Perfect for:

  • Fans of I WISH YOU MORE and THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE
  • Baby gift buyers
  • Graduation gift buyers
  • Anyone looking for a gift to give someone going through a transition or a period of self-doubt
  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Educators and librarians looking for creative ways to talk about periods of transition
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 36
Size: 9 x 9 S
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years
Publication Date: 05/10/2022
ISBN: 9781797210100
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Zach Manbeck is a recent graduate of the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. This is his debut picture book. Zach lives in Pennsylvania.

"Manbeck offers direction for life's journeys in his children’s book debut. . . . The whimsical illustrations, rendered in gouache and mixed media with digital editing, show sprightly children and their childlike anthropomorphic animal companions romping on giant fantastical play structures that recall Rube Goldberg machines. . . . An uplifting ode to the power of taking small steps to make big changes."
Kirkus Reviews

"[You Are Here] is an optimist’s guide to letting children be children; for story hours or as an afternoon anthem for acting out and therefore shaking out the sillies, it’s sure to become a favorite."
School Library Journal