Harry and Walter

Illustrated by Qin Leng

Published by Annick Press

A young boy and his elderly neighbour are best friends — until someone has to move.

Harry and Walter

Age Level

Pre-school to grade 2

Curriculum Connections

Intergenerational, friendship, seasons, moving, perseverance


Make a picture of something you and your best friend like to do together. Or make four pictures — one for each season.


A sweet and tender story that shows age difference is no detriment to true friendship.

School Library Journal, May 2016

Though the sentiment will be immediately obvious, it may take a few readings to fully appreciate this quiet tour de force that takes the reader by surprise.

Quill & Quire

The story will appeal to all ages: the youngest listener who will relate to the fun things these friends do, older readers who have a cherished relationship with an elderly relative or neighbour, and adults who will see the value and charm of this intergenerational friendship.

Manitoba Library Association, September 2016

Learn More

Find out what other book illustrated by Qin Leng was also shortlisted for the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award in 2017.


Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award finalist

Winner of National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA)

Blue Spruce Award nominee

OLA Best Bet

Starred Selection of Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Best Books for Kids & Teens”

Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist

Other Editions

Also available in PrintBraille.