Family Reunion by Chad & Dad Richardson, illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin

Family Reunion by Chad & Dad Richardson, illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin. Barefoot Books, 2021. 9781646862184

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  5

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book:   Poetic text and lively illustrations celebrate the importance of family and togetherness in this modern day tale of a boy and his family as they head to their 10th annual family reunion.   Of course, the main character would rather stay home and play video games.  He knows he won’t have fun and it is a long car ride.   Once there, he sees many new people he doesn’t know yet, although they do look similar to him.   Then his beloved PopPop (grandfather) appears and things begin to change.  Now, the young protagonist has $10 in his pocket, games to play with his cousins, Dad and Uncle’s grill-off, yummy cookout food, and stories galore about his family to fill his head.   He dreams of new places to go and realizes spending time with family beats playing video games.  There are memories in his heart and he loves his family. The back pages contain interesting information about the story’s inspiration and the creators’ thoughts on Black American families.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?   A great read aloud prior to discussing family history or before heading to a family reunion.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, elementary schools, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  July 25, 2021

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