Fall 2023

Listening to the Quiet

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

What does nothing sound like?

Jacki’s mama has a rare condition. She is slowly losing her hearing. Together, they are learning Sign Language so that they’ll always be able to tell each other everything. But as Mama’s world becomes quieter, Jacki’s remains full of sound, especially on Music Appreciation Fridays. How can Jacki enjoy listening to music when her mama can no longer hear it?

A heartfelt story, inspired by the author’s childhood, about a young girl coming to terms with her mother’s hearing loss and finding new ways to experience the world, together.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-09-05
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039150, JUV013060, JUV031040
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 10 x 10
Lexile 660
Guided Reading Level M
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Cassie Silva

Cassie Silva is an author of multiple children's books and a social worker of Portuguese heritage living in Vancouver, Canada. Cassie loves volunteering, books, cats, and ice cream.

Illustrator: Frances Ives

Frances Ives has an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Her most abiding source of inspiration is the constant yet ever-changing sky and all its colors.

Meet the Publisher: Lantana Publishing

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  • Bank Street College Best Children's Books of 2024, Winner, 2024



“[T]he illustrations feature soft lines, rich colors, and an aura of warmth and security that captures the tone of the text. An inviting, informative read-aloud choice for classes studying the senses and children curious about deafness.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Practical aids for people with hearing loss are deftly integrated into the narrative. . . .This gently loving story will be especially appreciated by readers whose family members, friends, or classmates are experiencing hearing loss. A personal, child-friendly approach to sensory changes.”—Kirkus Reviews