Cloth Lullaby
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Age Range
4-6 Years

Publishing Date

40 pages



40 Full-color illustrations

UK, Ireland, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Central & South America, Caribbean


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Cloth Lullaby

The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, Maman, stands more than 30 feet high.

Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise’s own mother was a weaver of tapestries. Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois’s childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works.

With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.

About the Author(s)
Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault

Formerly an editor at Chronicle Books, Amy Novesky is the author of Me, Frida which won the best children's picture book in the English at the Latino Book Awards. She lives in San Francisco.

Isabelle Arsenault is an award-winning illustrator whose first children’s book received the prestigious Governor General’s Award for children’s literature in French (illustration). She lives in Montreal.


"Both sad and heart warming; this is a story worth sharing."Magpie That

"Such an engaging life story and one we urge you to read. ‘Cloth Lullaby‘ is a sensitively produced biography of a hugely creative woman."picture books blogger


"In Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois we're taken on a lilting and lyrical journey through Louise's life, stretching right back to her childhood and early home life."ReadItDaddy

"Children will adore Isabelle Arsenault's striking illustrations." Smallish Magazine

"A beautifully nuanced and poetic story" reviewed and syndicated in local press

"The tale is rich with poetic language and a gentle, hypnotic rhythm - perfect for reading out loud…Every page is full of lines and swirls that subtly show how everything is connected like thread." Booktrust

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