Gather Round

by David Covell (Author) David Covell (Illustrator)

Gather Round
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award winner David Covell follows up Run Wild with a timely book about the importance of community and coming together.

Crackle. Crinkle. Sizzle. POP!
Listen to the fire talk.
It's telling us a story . . .

Since the magic and warmth of fire was discovered long ago, campfires have protected, aided, and inspired us. Perhaps most importantly, they've brought us together. 

In this gorgeous picture book, a girl and her father build a campfire together to keep the cold at bay. But as they welcome passing travelers--from musicians to animals--they create a community, fostered by a crackling fire and its comforting warmth.

Written in sparkling, melodic prose, Gather Round is the perfect follow-up and companion to David Covell's New York Times Best Illustrated, Run Wild.

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Kirkus Reviews

The darkness and unknown are no match for people, song, and the warmth of a good fire in this reassuring paean to community.

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Praise for Gather Round

"This would make a wonderful start to a camping trip, whether to the great outdoors or merely to the backyard."—BCCB

David Covell
David Covell grew up in the wilds of Maine, worked (and played!) for a time in Vermont, and moved to the Big Apple to work as a creative director in brand design. After many years of East Village, NYC life, he moved to a little village in the Catskills where he can be creative out of doors, as well as in his art studio.

For more about David and his books, visit
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 26, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV032170 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Camping & Outdoor Activities
JUV050000 - Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Fathers and daughters

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