Hurry, Kate, or You'll Be Late! (Paperback)

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Hurry, Kate, or You'll Be Late! (Paperback)


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A young girl stops to call out all the sights and sounds on her morning trip to pre-school, but that’s not what makes her late—it is her dad’s goodbye hug.

Kate was late for preschool, but not for the reasons you might expect. It wasn’t because her daddy brushed her hair into poofs, or because they slowed to say hello to neighbors on the way to the bus stop. It wasn’t even because she had to wave to all the trucks, cars, and street cleaners on the road. No, Kate was late because just after they arrived at school, her daddy swooped in to give her a great big goodbye hug that lasted a very long time.

Janice N. Harrington is the Ezra Jack Keats Award winning author of Going North. With Hurry Kate or You’ll be Late, she has teamed up with illustrator Tiffany Rose to create a delightful picture book about a vehicle obsessed girl and her very patient father.
Janice N. Harrington is an award-winning poet and children's book author. Her children's books include Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner, an NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book, Going North, and The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County, an ALA Notable Book and an Irma S. and James H. Black Award Honor Book. She teaches creative writing and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Visit her at

Tiffany Rose is the author and illustrator of M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child, which received starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and Dear Reader: A Love Letter to Libraries, which also received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews. She is a full-time teacher, part time author-illustrator, and world traveler. She is currently living in Shanghai, China. Visit her at

Product Details ISBN: 9780823455973
ISBN-10: 0823455971
Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books
Publication Date: July 15th, 2025
Pages: 32
Language: English
"The author and illustrator craft a realistic and beautifully illustrated story about the bond between a father and a daughter. This book will make a terrific addition to collections of books about families or schools."—Booklist

"This tale of a doting father taking his child to school is brightly illustrated in primary colors that pop off the page. Daddy’s affection for Kate comes through clearly, from a scene of him brushing her hair to a moment where he stoops to adjust her backpack and tie her shoe. Small book lovers are sure to respond to the joyful imagery as well as the lyrical bounce of the language. . . . A tender snapshot of a loving daddy-daughter bond."—Kirkus Reviews