Mine. Yours.

Illustrated by Qin Leng

Published by Kids Can Press

Dedicated to “Grainne Charisse, Flint Kelly Oak, and Blaise Diane – ours.”

A simple but richly layered story about sharing, friendship and belonging. Together with Qin Leng’s detailed and sweetly expressive illustrations, it makes a great read-aloud, full of drama, suspense, and surprises. Encouraging a growth mindset in young children, this book is perfect for character education lessons on kindness, inclusiveness, and compassion. It also works for social studies explorations of community. Set in Asia, the names of all the native animals included in the story are listed at the beginning of the book.

The Story Behind the Story

Here’s the truth of the matter. In 2015, my book Lost. Found. came out to rave reviews. It was illustrated by Matthew Cordell, 2018 Caldecott medalist. It’s a special book that consists of just two words, repeated. That special book, about a Bear who loses his red scarf in a wintry wood, was to be followed by a second. Indeed, when Lost. Found. was bought, a second book was bought by the publisher, one I had yet to write. I decided my second book would be Mine. Yours. with the same characters. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for the publisher.

Eventually, I decided to change my characters. They would all be Asian animals and they would all be playing Asian games in the story. It so happened that this Mine. Yours. was loved by a different publisher. I’m so happy Big Panda, Little Panda, and all the rest found a sweet home in Toronto, Canada, with Kids Can Press!


Awards and Honors

  • The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019

School Library Journal

“PreS-K–Three simple words shape the narrative of this quiet picture book with a loud message about community…All the while, the little panda is teaching the forest a new word, ‘OURS!’ Rendered in watercolor and pen-and-ink, Leng’s detailed, expressive, soft-hued illustrations drive the story. VERDICT A delicate, whimsical tale of community, friendship, and belonging. Recommended for one-on-one or small group sharing.”

Celebrate Picture Books

“An excellent book for opening discussions that allow children to express their ideas and relate their experiences concerning possessions, community, and sharing. Mine. Yours would be a welcome addition to home, classroom, and public library collections.”