Don’t Forget

Don’t Forget, written by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker feels like a hug.

The illustrations are so endearing and the thoughtful “Don’t forget to…” reminders move us through the story in a warm and comfortable way. In order to work as a picture book, the narrative needs to be more than a list of reminders. They have to make sense in some way and build. And that framework, in order to be successful, needs to be reinforced by the illustrations.

Jane Godwin walks us through several personal reminders, from little things to bigger and bigger ones, until the reader realizes that they should remember that they are part of a world larger than themselves. Anna Walker does a brilliant job of showing us this and reinforcing it. By book-ending illustration scenes to show more of a bustling and inclusive community at the end than at the beginning.

Also, having illustrated a similar style book myself, I’m aware and very appreciative of, the challenges that Anna Walker had having to illustrate entire little life stories in one, simple, spot illustration. And she does this brilliantly.

This lovely book is perfect for all of us who could use a hug, a friend, and a gentle reminder that we are not alone in the world.

Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Jennifer is the illustrator and author of several acclaimed picture books. Most recently is Always by My Side, 'A Stuffie Story', which she wrote and illustrated. She also is both the author and illustrator of Playing Possum, and Blue Ethel. Jennifer illustrated Gondra’s Treasure, written by Newbery award winner Linda Sue Park. As well as, Sometimes You Fly, by Newbery medalist, Katherine Applegate. She illustrated Yaks Yak, Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park, The Inventor's Secret, What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford, by Suzanne Slade, Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons, by Alice B. McGinty, and The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, by Chris Kurtz.


  1. Leslie Helakoski

    Nice explanation of how to make a list-heavy narrative into a working story. Looks beautiful too.

  2. Love Anna Walker’s work and will definitely pick this one up! TY

  3. Beautiful!

  4. I won’t forget to pick up this beautiful and sweet book! Congrats!

  5. Lovely all the way around.

  6. Wow!! I absolutely love this cover art and can’t wait to read this beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing, Jennifer!

  7. This is a BEAUTIFUL book! I love the mention of the organizing progression within the narrative. The artwork is so sincere and personalized. What a lovely gift to readers everywhere!

  8. This is a book that’s good for the soul!

  9. This is so lovely, Jennifer. Thank you. Just today we were discussing things left behind during our big moves, developing detachment, yet remembering the sweetness.

  10. This looks lovely. I’ve long been a fan of Anna Walker’s books!

  11. So beautiful and so very important for our little ones to hear. Congratulations on a lovely book, and thank you for sharing. ❤️

  12. What an amazing and beautiful, yet simple, book! Thank you, Jane and Anna!

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