Welcome Home by Aimee Reid, illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh. Beach Lane Books, 2022. 9781534438866
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Realistic picture book
What did you like about the book? Poetic rhyming text creates a lilting song with which a new baby is welcomed home. Mother, father, siblings, grandparents, aunties, uncles, neighbors, and even a cat and dog, each joyfully welcomes the smiling baby. Family members are depicted with varied races, and whimsical shapes and hair configurations. The very appealing art, accentuating the hand drawn textures of paint, pencil and pastel, are in pleasing fresh colors. I can imagine the text set to music, and a family singing this joyful, happy book to their new little one.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? A lovely choice for families of new babies.
Who should buy this book? Day care centers and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books or parenting collections
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: May 13, 2022