NOW speaks to children's ability to live in the present and revel in the moment.  It celebrates childhood and its wonders, feelings, experiences and its favorites.  Children feel strongly; they speak their minds; they express their loves; they seize the day.  Antoinette Portis' beautiful, vibrant and effortless paintings, rendered with sumi ink, brush and bamboo, make us feel like kids again (for those of us readers who are grown-ups) and make us wish that we could love and embrace the moment as freely as children do.

NOW was written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis and is out July 11 from Roaring Brook Press.