by Linda Sue Park
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Clarion Books, September 3, 2019
32 pages, ages 4-8
a companion picture book
to the bestselling novel
A Long Walk to Water
Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time
Young Nya takes little sister Akeer along on the two-hour walk to fetch water for the family. But Akeer becomes too ill to walk, and Nya faces the impossible: her sister and the full water vessel together are too heavy to carry. As she struggles, she discovers that if she manages to take one step, then another, she can reach home and Mama’s care.
Bold, impressionistic paintings by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brian Pinkney evoke the dry, barren landscape and the tenderness between the two sisters.
An afterword discusses the process of providing clean water in South Sudan, reducing waterborne illness.
2020 ALSC Notable Children’s Books
Bank Street College of Education, Best Books of the Year 2020, Today, Five to Nine
2020 CCBC Choices
Junior Library Guild selection
2020 NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People