Later, When I'm Big (Hardcover)

Later, When I'm Big By Bette Westera, Mattias de Leeuw (Illustrator), Laura Watkinson (Translator) Cover Image
By Bette Westera, Mattias de Leeuw (Illustrator), Laura Watkinson (Translator)
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American Library Association Batchelder Honor Book (2024)

"Compelling artwork...stunning....Deftly captures a child's sense of wonder at the vastness of the world."-- Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)

"Whimsical illustrations... a] springboard for imaginative flights."-- Booklist

"Gorgeous." -- Foreword Reviews

A playful, humorous look at being small but dreaming big.

As a child and her mother walk up to the swimming pool, she dreams about everything she'll do when she's older. Maybe she'll dance with jellyfish. Maybe she'll fly to Saturn in a space rocket. She could even play with the monster under her bed But for now, she'll have to face that terrifyingly tall diving board...

With alliterative language and explosively colorful illustrations, When I'm Big is an amusing journey through all sorts of fantastical futures. As readers travel to tropical rainforests, the North Pole, and beyond, they will start to dream about what their tomorrows could bring.

About the Author

Bette Westera has written over fifty books for children, including novels, picture books, and poetry collections. She has also translated books by Dr. Seuss, Astrid Lindgren, and Julie Donaldson into the Dutch language. Bette lives in the Netherlands, where her books have received two Golden Pencil awards and six Silver Pencil honors. Visit her website at Mattias de Leeuw is a Belgian illustrator and writer whose books have received the Flemish Boekenplum award and the Dutch Golden Palette award. He is the founder of the Drawing Factory, an Antwerp-based creative hub that offers classes for artists of all ages. Later, When I'm Big is his North American debut. Follow Mattias on Instagram at @mattiasdeleeuw and visit his website at Laura Watkinson translates books for children and adults from Dutch, German, and Italian. Her translations have received numerous honors, including three Mildred L. Batchelder Awards and the Vondel Translation Prize. She is the founder of the Dutch chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SBCWI). Laura lives in Amsterdam. Visit her website at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802856104
ISBN-10: 0802856101
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English