Boats on the Bay


Houseboats, ferries, fishing boats, sailboats . . . see all the boats parade on the bay!


This beautifully rendered, large-format picture book is about all of the boats found on a busy bay, buoyed by simple, spare, and lyrical text. Inspired by the San Francisco Bay but with universal appeal, the book follows a day-in-the-life of a bustling bay, and features a spectacular double-spread gatefold finale showing a boat parade and fireworks glowing against a city backdrop.


Golden Poppy Award Winner – Picture Book


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BOATS ON THE BAY Craft Activity

SKU: 978-1-944903-33-6 Category:

Author's Bio

Jeanne Walker Harvey lives in Sausalito, California, where she watches all of the boats on the bay from her house on the hill. She is the award-winning author of several picture books, including Maya Lin, Artist-Architect of Light and Lines; My Hands Sing the Blues, Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey; Honey Girl, the Hawaiian Monk Seal; and Astro, the Stellar Sea Lion. In addition to being a writer, Jeanne is a docent at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Grady McFerrin is an illustrator, designer, and hand-letterer who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids. His work has been featured in magazines, children’s books, gift/novelty titles, advertisements and music posters, and recognized by the AIGA, Communication Arts, the Society of Illustrators, Print magazine, and American Illustration. This is his first full-length picture book.



“A well-designed book with a simple, approachable text.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A celebration of place and a catalogue of the kinds of vessels dear to the hearts of boat enthusiasts young and old.” —Publishers Weekly

“Simple, serene text coupled with stunning, sweeping illustrations.” —Avery & Augustine

“[McFerrin] manages to capture textures you want to reach out and touch.”

“Harvey’s short, simple sentences, many with internal rhymes . . . make this a good fit for emerging readers.” —Julie Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast), Kirkus Reviews

Additional information

Dimensions 9.75 × 11.25 in
Written By

Jeanne Walker Harvey

Illustrations By

Grady McFerrin

Number of Pages


Published On

September 18, 2018


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