Song of the River

Book Author & Illustrator Joy Cowley & Kimberly Andrews
Rights Available World excl. World English, Simplified Chinese and Korean

In this lyrical and evocative picture book, a child follows the river’s journey from its source in the mountains all the way to the sea. The river leads Cam through forest, farms and towns to the salty wind of the beach. The dramatic landscapes are packed with detail to discover in the world of the river.

Picture Book Winner, Teach Early Years Award (UK) 2020 Finalist
NZCYA Book Awards 2020

About the Author
Joy Cowley
is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers for children and adults, with an international reputation. Her awards include the Margaret Mahy Medal; the NZ Post Children’s Book Award 2006; the Roberta Long Medal, Alabama, USA; and the AW Reed Award for Contribution to New Zealand Literature. She is a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Kimberly Andrews is a trained biologist and geologist who grew up in the Canadian Rockies. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.


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242 x 250



Picture Book

Age range
3-5 years

Publication Date

Rights Available:
World excl. World English, Simplified Chinese and Korean

Rights Sold:
Simplified Chinese, Korean

Rights Agents:


Anja Mundt, Mundt Agency

China & Taiwan
ShuHuai (China)
Sushin (Taiwan)

Ayşenur Müslümanoğlu, AnatoliaLit

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Andrews renders the rush and earnestness of the boy’s journey through striated light, city smoke, and the broad, blue sea.

Publishers Weekly (US) and accrete like that rivulet taking readers on the journey. A lovely homage to nature.

Kirkus Reviews (US)

It’s exuberant and joyful, reflected in the warm and textured illustrations which capture the natural environment and the movement of the water. An absolute treasure and brilliant read-aloud.

Magpies (AUS)

Cowley’s beautiful, melodic story – brimming with atmosphere and descriptive power – is exquisitely brought to life by illustrator Kimberly Andrews’ dramatic evocation of a wonderfully contrasting North American landscape full of rich detail and muted, earth-toned colours.

Lancashire Post (UK)