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Everybody's Somewhere

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Selected for Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018 by NCSS-CBC, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council

Everybody's somewhere, where are you?
I'm right here, I'm somebody, too.
Some are in the country, some are in the town.
Everybody's somewhere, up or down.

Everybody—moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas,
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Seagrass Press
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[Shai] Bibliophage
This is a perfect children's storybook to be read or to give as present to kids 7 and below. The illustrations drawn by Alea Marley are adorable, while Cornelia Maude Spelman's awesome story is a perfect match for it. I'm 100% that my young niece and godchildren would definitely love this!

Thank you for the opportunity from the publisher because I was given a chance to see this charming book.

Everybody's Somewhere
Everybody's Somewhere
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
UPDATE: Please see the author's response in the comments. If the blurb was fixed to reflect what the author intended then the story works perfectly. I still believe this will make a lovely bedtime story that children will enjoy.

Original Review Below

I had hoped this would be a book I could recommend to psychologist friends for use with their younger clients experiencing separation anxiety or grief. Based on the blurb I expected Everybody's Somewhere to be focused on bereavement or to be aimed tow
Donna Maguire
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first thoughts when I saw this book were that the cover is stunning and after reading the book the images in the rest of the book are just as nice! This is a nice book that would be ideal for children that have worries about being alone.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

This is a beautifully illustrated, sweet, rhyming book aimed at young children (3-5 years). It would make a lovely bedtime/storytime read along.

Everybody's somewhere, where are you?
I'm right here, I'm somebody, too.
Some are in the country, some are in the town.
Everybody's somewhere, up or down.

Author Cornelia Maude Spelman has a series of books about feelings and how we deal with them. This book is a little different. In cheerful rhymes it ex
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley, childrens
I liked the concept of this book, that all the people we know are somewhere, even if we can't see them. I hoped this would be a nod to bereavement and offer some reassurance to young people who have lost a relative and struggle to conceptualise the concept of death, however this isn't quite what this book was. 'Everybody's Somewhere' seemed more about the fact that people are everywhere. People are never all in the same place,e but wherever you are, they exist somewhere else. I feel the concept ...more
Laura (Book Scrounger)
This is a cute book, with lovely, colorful illustrations, that helps children think about the concept that everyone is somewhere in the world right now. It's a big idea even for an adult who thinks they have a decent idea of the scope of our planet, but this book doesn't try to bite off more than it can chew -- it just lays out some of the different places people can be, as well as differences between people -- a nice way to talk about perspective.

(Thanks to NetGalley for a review copy.)
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very cute book for younger kids to have read to them. The pictures are very lovely and just as fun as the poem. I love the concept of teaching children that everyone is somewhere in the world even if they are not there with you at that moment. This might help children understand a situation where they are missing someone who is not with them at that moment. Maybe a parent, friend, or sibling. One of the illustrations shows a military member returning home. The illustrations are also very diverse ...more
Angiie Arc
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
*This book was given to me via Netgalley*

My daughter really liked this book. She is 5 years old and she is trying to understand many things like, why are we different? why are you taller? why is my hair black? etc.... This book has a lot of diversity and very beautiful illustrations. Overall a very good message which my daughter really liked.
Rogene Carter
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Incredibly adorable and excellent for minority children who need valid and authentic representation in books.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everybody's Somewhere is cute, cute, cute. Perfect for a quiet time or bedtime read with a young child. Cornelia Maude Spelman’s story uses positional words, opposites and a poetic flow to convey the idea that is exactly what the title says, everyone person is somewhere. This can be a concept that the very young have never given any thought to within their limit perception of the world. By school age, this idea would be obvious to the them but not so much to the toddler or preschooler. Short eno ...more
*thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Seagrass Press and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.
This reads like a song! Its so cool. The cover is what really caught my eye, I just love the colours! This book is great for an 'anytime' read with little kids. They are sure to love the pictures and the little story about how 'Everybody's Somewhere'. Its a fun book and I can imagine it being one of those that are read over and over again. So if you love it when y
Richelle Zirkle
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sweet book is great for small children. Separation anxiety and issues persist with many young kids. This book may help ease their minds as they can imagine the people they love in their "place" and look forward to their return. The rhyming scheme will help keep the interest of babies and young toddlers and the message will attract those 3+ even more as they beginning to explore the world of imagination with greater interest. The illustrations are colorful, and I appreciate the inclusiveness ...more
Shelby Slay
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everybody's Somewhere

Everybody’s Somewhere is a sweet sentiment to those in our life that we might not always have with us. While the message of the story is not something that all children can relate to at this time in their life, the stunning cover will draw the attention of many readers, both young and old, making it the perfect future bedtime story purchase.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Lör K.
Disclaimer: Read to find some Christmas presents for my step-niece, as requested by her parents.

I received a free copy of this thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group. This in no way affected my review in any way.

Publication Date: 02nd October 2017
Review Date: 27th November 2017

Everybody’s Somewhere is a children’s book released this year with a really wonderful meaning behind it. That even if you can’t see them, everyone is there, everyone exists. First of all, knowing separation anxi
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Spelman, Cornelia Maude Everybody's Somewhere, illustrated by Alea Marley. PICTURE BOOK. Quarto, 2017. $17. 9781633223844

This rhyming picture book points out that every person is somewhere on Earth, living a particular life -- whether or not you can see them at the time.

Because of the sing-songy rhythm and simple word choice, this book is especially suited to younger children. I could see using it as an introduction to discussions about empathy or about dealing with having a loved-one who is far
Anni Welborne
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Understanding perspectives and recognizing personhood are cognitive milestones for any child. This darling book will help open discussions with little ones as they ponder WHERE someone is, even if they can’t see them at the moment. This book will also help them understand various prepositions and opposites. The author packs a lot into a little book!

The illustrations are richly textured with lots going on in each picture, but each picture is simply drawn so the picture isn’t overwhelming. I loved
Erika L.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the vibrant, eye-catching colors throughout this book! It is beautifully illustrated with hues of pink, purple, and blue! The ryhme scheme was fun, and perfect for Toddler Storytime! Throughout the book, I asked the toddlers open-ended questions like "What's this person doing?" and "Where do you think this person is?" We talked about how some of our friends or family might be very far away (and I pointed to the picture of the earth), but that sometimes technology can help us feel like we ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
When I read the blurb on the inside cover, I thought this was going to be a book about dealing with death or prolonged absence. (Separation anxiety?)
But was just a cute poem. And while it was really cute, there wasn't really any point to it. (And yes, children's books don't have to have a point - but this one seemed like it was GOING to.)

I don't fault the author for what is almost certainly a publishing decision, but it definitely didn't match my expectations, and I ended up being thro
Dorine White
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This cute picture book gives kids a look at different perspectives. It is a very simplified version, but younger readers will enjoy the repeated thought that everybody is someone and somewhere.The illustrations are big and show a wide variety of people and places. I love that the font size is so large, because it makes for easy storytelling. I think that as kids study the pictures, they will gain a whole new meaning of different places and cultures, but how connected we truly are. 4 stars!
Erin Buhr
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The illustrations in this book are stunning and yet sweet from start to finish. I love the use of color and the quirky characters she has created on the page. The story has a nice message. It is a story that captures the universality and yet diversity of our world. The lyrical words and gentle broad illustrations create a lovely soothing story that is great for bedtime.
Elaine Fultz
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: k-2-read-alouds
This is cataloged in a local library's poetry collection (which is why I checked it out), but it's actually a rhyming picture book. And not a particularly engaging one. The idea is admirable -- we're all here together because everybody is somewhere at the same time -- but its execution is a stretch in this particular presentation.
Pat Mills
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Some of this pages of illustrations were quite engaging. The boy in the beanbag chair reading a book. The stack of colourful blocks in a parabolic arch under the table. The little girl with the dark hair in side buns shown in back view. All are charming and add to the simple joy and poetry. A lovely book.
Everybody's Somewhere has colorful illustrations and good rhythm and rhyme. If you have a little one with separation anxiety, Everybody's Somewhere is a great read aloud. Even if you can't see someone, they are still somewhere!

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute Read... I would have enjoyed the illustrations more if I was reading a hard cover copy. Some of the graphics didn't download properly - which is usually one of the downsides of electronic/digital arcs.
Mackenzie Fawcett
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unnecessarily existential for a Children’s book.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: preschool, picture, poc, poetry
I like the pictures, but the rhymes didn't really work for me...
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
The illustrations carry this one in my opinion.
Illustrations were lovely and I think children could pick up on the meaning of the story.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A nice approach to show children that we are all somewhere if not in their view. Vibrant and lighthearted illustrations.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was kind of cute! Makes little kids think. Loved the illustrations. Ages 12-5
I received a Kindle copy in exchange for a fair review from Edelweiss.
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Cornelia Maude Spelman, MSW, is a writer, artist, and former therapist who writes about emotions and healthy relationships.