The 100 Year Barn


This is a quintessential Patricia MacLachlan/Katherine Tegen story filled with the wonder of time and family and the elevation of the ordinary moments of life to some place beyond what we think we know.

This remarkable pair of women, author and editor, has been joined on this adventure by illustrator, Kenard Pak, originally from Howard County, MD, a place where barns have stood for generations.

In 1919, a group of neighbors, eventually numbering a hundred in all, gathered to build a barn fo one of their own.  It was work.  It took time.  It took effort.  They gave all of those to their neighbors knowing it would be returned because they all believed they were "in it together."

As foundations stones were laid and frames were built, many, many days passed.  Many special, extraordinary and ordinary moments grew to have new meanings and become important memories.

As one young boy looks back on these days, he sees the beauty and significance of the moments.  A celebration of the journey of a life.

48 pages 978-0062687739 Ages 4-8

Keywords: barns, farms, helping others, working together, teamwork, friends, friendship, neighbors, history, tradition, community, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, neighbors

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan’s poignant text and award-winning artist Kenard Pak’s gentle and rustic illustrations paint the picture of a beautiful red barn and the people who call it home.

One hundred years ago, a little boy watched his family and community come together to build a grand red barn. This barn become his refuge and home—a place to play with friends and farm animals alike.

As seasons passed, the barn weathered many storms. The boy left and returned a young man, to help on the farm and to care for the barn again. The barn has stood for one hundred years, and it will stand for a hundred more: a symbol of peace, stability, caring and community.

In this joyful celebration generations of family and their tender connection to the barn, Newbery Medal–winning author Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Kenard Pak spin a tender and timeless story about the simple moments that make up a lifetime.

This beautiful picture book is perfect for young children who are curious about history and farm life.

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