Mohrbooks Literary Agency
Published by
Putnam (2022-08-30)
Original language
Children’s picture books


by de la Peña, MattLuyken, Corinna

PATCHWORK is a deeply moving ode to the complexity and uniqueness of every child, from Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña, with art by New York Times bestselling creator Corinna Luyken

You are more than a single note played again and again.
You are a symphony.
. . .
You are blues and pinks and loneliness and laughter,
mismatched scraps accumulated over time
and stitched together
into a kind of patchwork.

In profound, uplifting verse and sumptuous artwork, beloved creators Matt de la Peña and Corinna Luyken explore the endless possibilities each child contains: A young dancer may grow into a computer coder; a basketball player might become a poet; a class clown may one day serve as an inspiring teacher; and today's quiet empath might be tomorrow's great leader. Destined to become a new classic, this book is a powerful reminder that no one is defined by just one thing and a heartfelt tribute to the threads of love, empathy, and kindness that connect us to one another.

Matt de la Peña is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Milo Imagines the World, Carmela Full of Wishes, Love, and A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, as well as a number of critically acclaimed young adult novels. You can visit Matt at or follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mattdelapena.

Corinna Luyken is the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestseller My Heart, The Tree In Me, and The Book of Mistakes. She is also the illustrator of Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, Nothing in Common, and Something Good. You can visit Corinna at or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @corinnaluyken.

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Italian: Fatatrac ; Japanese: Inwanami Shoten ; Spanish & Catalan: Corimbo ; Turkish: Eksik Parca

Quote: Putnam

Imagination Soup (1.5 million social media followers) revealed the cover for PATCHWORK by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Corinna Luyken, including a terrific interview with the two creators about collaborating on the book!

Quote: Imagination Soup

De la Peña's lyrical observations and proclamations take the mind from complacent to questioning to affirming. His gentle guidance from page to page creates a poetry of understanding - we are more than what is expected of us. Luyken depicts a diverse group of children, using a palette of pastel pink, blue, lavender, and yellow and a subtle pattern evoking patchwork on each page to highlight the transformative power of self-discovery. The call to revel in the glorious patchwork that is "us" blazes forth from this paean of acceptance.

Review: Kirkus, starred review

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