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Your Red Shoes

“I tied your red shoes for you today. Where will you go in them? How many steps will you take?”

A celebration of early childhood, step by step: from first wobbly ones, to puddles, the park, and the day – so soon? – when that first, beloved pair of shoes no longer fit. Lush watercolors and rhythmic, evocative text document every proud moment, reinforcing universal themes of independence, exploration, and unconditional love. An ideal read-aloud, baby shower gift, or for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or graduation.



Pediatrician Dr. John Hutton presents Your Red Shoes, an easy reader picturebook for children ages 2-7 about a father who takes his young daughter, who has just barely grown out of toddlerhood, for a walk in the park with her brand new red shoes. The soft, watercolor and pencil artwork complements the simple story about a young girl taking steps toward independence. 'Will your red shoes give you happy feet? / Happy as I am watching you.' Your Red Shoes is a gentle, heartwarming story perfect to read aloud and share with little ones. - Midwest Book Review
Your Red Shoes is a sweet story about a toddler getting a new pair of shoes. It is told through the loving voice of the child’s father as he imagines all the things they’ll do together wearing those new shoes. And in that wistful voice, the reader hears how fast the child is growing until she will need another pair of new shoes. This is the special kind of book that tugs at your heartstrings. The words and images have a lasting effect, especially if you have experienced this bond between yourself and a child.” - Juliana Lee, Crafting Stories


Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal in the Preschool Category

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal in the Preschool Category


Dr. John Hutton & Leah Busch Talk About Their New Children's Book

By Barbara Gray, WVXU
Dr. John Hutton & Leah Busch have written a children’s book, Your Red Shoes, and they join Barbara Gray to talk about where the idea came from and how their collaboration works.

About the Author: 

Dr. John S. Hutton is a pediatrician, clinical research fellow, and owner of the award-winning blue manatee children’s bookstore. His research foci are the effect of shared reading on brain development, general early and pediatric health literacy, and the health effects of electronic media on young children, as well as the importance of a solid foundation in words and play. www.BabyUnplugged.com

About the Illustrator: 

Leah Busch is an artist from Cincinnati, OH. She has held numerous positions in the arts, won numerous awards including for her Toast to Baby children’s book series, and taught extensively, and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  www.LeahBusch.com



Publishing Info:

Publish Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: blue manatee press
ISBN: 978-1-936669-19-6

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