Welcome Home by Aimee Reid, illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh

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

Format: Hardcover

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

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