Picture Book Highlights | Family Reunions

By Monica C. RSS Wed, July 21, 2021

Summer is for get-togethers—the perfect time for vacations, celebrations, and family reunions. This is especially true this year, as the pandemic postponed many events, so getting together now is even sweeter.

Is your family planning a reunion? Whether it's in your backyard, in a park, or in a different city, we hope you have fun getting together! These books will bring that warm, cozy feeling inside that comes with being with the ones we love.

Family Reunion written by Chad and Dad Richardson; illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin
A boy is reluctant to go to his family reunion, which he's sure will be boring. Vivid, poetic language and rich illustrations bring readers along for the boy's emotional journey, as he ultimately finds himself enjoying the large and joyous gathering in spite of himself. This modern kid's-eye view depiction of a Black American extended family celebrates the importance of kinship and intergenerational ties.

Ruby’s Reunion Day Dinner written by Angela Dalton; illustrated by Jestinia Southerland

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Inspired by the rich tradition of African American reunions, a multigenerational story follows the experiences of young Ruby, who helps loved ones prepare the foods they are bringing while trying to think of a signature dish of her own.

When My Cousins Come to Town written by Angela Shanté; illustrated by Keisha Morris

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Every summer a young girl eagerly waits for her cousins to visit and celebrate her birthday. All her cousins are unique in their own ways and have earned cool nicknames for themselves… except for the girl. But this year things are going to be different. This year before summer ends, she’s determined to earn her own nickname!

Going Down Home with Daddy written by Kelly Starling Lyons; illustrated by Daniel Minter

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Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.

When the Cousins Came by Katie Yamasaki

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Lila is excited for her cousins Takeo and Rosie to visit. They’re going to ride bikes, paint, and camp together! But when the cousins arrive, everything’s wrong: Rosie and Takeo are better painters than Lila, have skateboards instead of bikes, and don’t want to camp outside. Lila is terribly disappointed until the cousins make her a surprise: a big banner for their "best cousin" Lila!

The Heart of Mi Familia written by Carrie Lara; illustrated by Christine Battuz
A bicultural child describes her visits to her grandma's house and her abuela's house, and how both sides of the family come together to celebrate her younger brother's birthday.

Ohana Means Family written by Ilima Loomis; illustrated by Kenard Pak
In this cumulative rhyme in the style of "The House That Jack Built," a family celebrates Hawaii and its culture while serving poi at a luau.

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