In The Sunroom: All That Grows

On display from March 17 to April 28, 2024 in The Sunroom at Central Library, All That Grows: A Spot-the-Difference Exhibit. 

All That Grows is an exhibit of original artwork from author/illustrator Jack Wong’s latest picture book of the same name. Rendered in vibrant greens and earthy browns, these drawings depict both the budding of plants in springtime, and the burgeoning of new thoughts, ideas (and anxieties) in the child protagonist’s mind as he learns about gardening and the natural world at large. 

This exhibit is simultaneously a peek behind the scenes of illustrating a picture book, from black-and-white first sketches to pastel finished pieces. Curious viewers of all ages are invited to play a game of “spot-the-difference” between the multiple versions of each scene on display! 

About the Artist 

Jack Wong (黃雋喬) was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. In 2010, he left behind a life as a bridge engineer to pursue his Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD University; he continues to live in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, working as a children’s author/illustrator.    

Wong’s debut picture book, When You Can Swim, opens a new window (Scholastic), received a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, a Governor General’s Literary Award, and CBC Books’ top pick in kids’ titles of 2023. His second picture book, The Words We Share, opens a new window (Annick Press), is a nominee for the Ontario Library Association’s Blue Spruce Award. All That Grows , opens a new window(Groundwood Books), the subject of this exhibit, is his third book. Wong has been named one of CBC Books’ “30 Canadian writers to watch,” and his forthcoming releases include a second project with Scholastic and a picture book biography on acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma (in collaboration with author James Howe). 

Please join us for the Closing Reception

Monday, April 22 | 6:00-8:00pm
The Sunroom
Halifax Central Library, Floor 5

We hope you will join us to celebrate creativity, embrace curiosity, and be inspired by budding and celebrated artists from our community.

The Sunroom is made possible by the generosity of Margot and Layne Spafford.