Children's Books


Jeanne Walker Harvey

ISBN: 978-1-944903-33-6

Publisher: Cameron Kids

Copyright Date: September 18, 2018

Price: $17.99

Pages: 40


A large-format book about a bunch of boats found on a busy bay, buoyed by simple, spare, and lyrical text …

Inspired by the San Francisco Bay but with universal appeal, Boats By The Bay  features a spectacular double-spread gatefold finale showing a boat parade and fireworks glowing against a city backdrop.


The author donates her proceeds to CALL OF THE SEA, an educational nonprofit that gives Bay Area youth an opportunity to sail traditional tall ships, investigate the local marine environment, connect to the Bay’s rich maritime history, and inspire them to be stewards of the sea and earth.

Golden Poppy Award Winner – Picture Book category. Chosen by Northern California Independent Booksellers


“The book’s design is well thought out; the page turn after the text, ‘A barge sets off fiery fireworks’ becomes a wordless double gatefold as the scene lifts up to show fireworks against the city skyline … a well-designed book with a simple, approachable text.” – Kirkus

Warm, affectionate portraits by debut illustrator McFerrin, of boats and ships in the waters off San Francisco, bring the life of the sea right up close. Fluid, expressive lines in blues, browns, and reds trace the vessels’ contours, the rigging of tall ships and fishing boats, even the distinctive architecture of the houses that overlook the water. Straightforward text by Harvey (Maya Lin: Artist Architect of Light and Lines) sails from verse (“Boats on the bay get ready for the day”) to ordinary prose (“A ferry carries passengers”) to internal rhyme (“A tugboat lugs big ships”). Each spread features a different sort of vessel and its characteristics: “A fireboat fans water high and wide.” The action reaches a high point as two adult men and a boy on a long, flat boat put on a display—“A barge sets off fiery fireworks”—and a gatefold reveals spectacular fireworks exploding above San Francisco, its bridges, and other architectural landmarks standing out against the evening sky. It’s a celebration of place and a catalogue of the kinds of vessels dear to the hearts of boat enthusiasts young and old. –PW