Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy

Title: Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy
Author: Jonah Larson with Jennifer Larson
Photographer: Erin Harris
Format: Hardcover, 10×10 inch photographed picture book
Pages: 48
Ages: 5+
Subjects: Crochet, Mindfulness, Giving Back, Community
Hardcover Price: $17.99
Release: July 23, 2019
ISBN: 9780999143704


A celebration of the beauty and power of crochet―specifically, the life-changing benefits this fiber art has brought to one extraordinary boy, 11-year-old crocheting prodigy, Jonah Larson.

Part One: Jonah shares his life story, including details about his adoption, significant behavior struggles in school, and the role that crochet has come to play in his life. In sidebar interviews, Jonah asks his mother, Jennifer, to share what she was feeling during these momentous times.

Part Two: A celebration of what Jonah loves most—crochet! Jonah defines the fiber art, introduces some of his many crochet friends from around the world, and invites readers to “crochet away” with him—exclusive pattern included.

Sincerely written, beautifully photographed, and designed to engage and inspire, Hello, Crochet Friends!illuminates the themes in Jonah’s life—friendship and worldwide interconnectedness, kindness and acceptance, mindfulness, and a deep passion for an art.

Hello, Crochet Friends!is the first title in KWiL Publishing’s Rock Star Kids series of books about young people doing incredible things in the world.

Early Praise:

“Immigration + crafting = A surprising take on a timely tale. Jonah Larson’s story challenges our assumptions about kids with special needs, immigration, and gender roles with a book that is part memoir, part craft book, and all awesome.”  -Betsy Bird, A Fuse # 8 Production/School Library Journal

“If you are looking for a heart-warming story, look no further. The fact that this story is also about crocheting makes it all the more special for those of us who love to create with yarn and hook! … Jonah’s smile and joy are contagious, and his story (which is still being told!) is sure to restore your faith in the fact that even one person can make a difference in the global community!”—Jackie Daugherty, Editor, Crochet World Magazine (USA)

“Across the knitting and crochet community there also seems to be a sense of excitement that there is now such a young and enthusiastic representative for the world of crafts.” –Libby Loughnan, Editorial Assistant, Let’s KnitMagazine (UK)

“A quick and uplifting read that centers on adoption and the love of family, and how the therapeutic motions of crochet helped to calm a troubled child into a smart, charming and gifted crochet prodigy.” –Connie Ellison (Editor of Crochet! Magazine)

“Best adoption book I’ve ever read.” –Michelle Buerger, Adoptive parent