By Tony Johnston, Illustrated by Stephen Gammell (A Paula Wiseman Book – 2012)
The first time a baby laughs, his entire extended family gathers for a party in hopes of hearting the sweet sound again. Inspired by the custom of the Navajo, a child’s first laugh has always been a precious moment, and they celebrate this event with a First Laugh Ceremony.
By Eve Bunting, Illustrated by Kay Life (Boyds Mills Press – 2005)
A young boy waits with both excitement and apprehension for his father to disembark from the aircraft carrier returning to port. The endearing story with pictures lovingly illustrated captures that special moment when a family is reunited after months of separation.
By Thrity Umrigar, Illustrated by Ziyue Chen (Running Press Kids -2017) A young mother explains to her daughter how love, kindness, and a sense of fun shaped her daughter even before her birth. This book about the special bond between parents and children is a mother’s song to her growing daughter, capturing the warmth and magic of a time when she was pregnant with her child.
By Nancy Tupper Ling, Illustrated by Jessica Lanan (Lee & Low Books Inc. – 2015) A mother weaves a magical web of tales to explain how her child came to be a part of the family. Mother’s tenderness and sweet love is greater than anything else universally, even beyond cultural differences of an adapted child from the new mother’s culture that she grew up with.
By Ethel Footman Smothers, Illustrated by John Holyfield (Frances Foster Books – 2003) The story based on the author’s own childhood. Emma, the daughter of poor migrant workers, longs to own a real book, and when she turns eight and must to attend a new school, she is amazed to discover a whole library in her classroom.
By Jeri Watts, Illustrated by Hyewon Yum (Candlewick Press – 2016) When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home, where none of his classmates look like him and he can’t understand anything the teacher says. Little by little Hee Jun begins to learn English and make friends. One day, when he is invited to a friend’s house for the first time, he sees a flower he recognizes from his grandmothers’s garden in Korea. He brings a shoot of the flower, Mugunghwa (“Rose of Sharon” in English), to his grandmother, who plants the “piece of home” in their new garden.
By Bernard Waber, Illustrated by Suzy Lee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – 2015) A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, brimming with question-such as “What else?” and “How come?”- as they explore their world. With a tenderly written story and glorious illustrations, this book is the ultimate celebration of a child’ curiosity, and of a father and daughter’s deep and abiding love for each other.
By Patricia Hegarty, Illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft (Tiger Tales – 2017) Whoever we are and whatever we do, our families hold us together like glue. Whenever we need them, they will come when we call. They are ready to catch us if ever we fall. As showing different families, this book about family is to celebrate love of family.
By Susan Meyers, Illustrated by Marla Frazee (Harcourt, Inc. -2001) Describes babies and the things they do from the time they are born until their first birthday. They ‘re kissed and dressed and rocked and fed – and completly adored by the family who love them. >>>The author found herself noticing babies everywhere after her first grandchild was born.
By Patricia de Arias, Illustrated by Laura Borras (minedition – 2018) Marwan is a young boy on a journey he never intended to take, bound for a place he doesn’t know.His journey relies on courage and momories of his faraway homeland to buoy him up. With him are hundreds and thousends of other human beings, crossing the deserts and tseas, fleeing war and hunger in search of safety.This beautiful, heartfelt story gives a human faces to the plight of refugees all over the world. Marwan’s journey is everyon’s journey.