Home at Last (Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka)
Harper Collins Publishers
When I woke up this morning I already knew what book I was going to share. Or at least I thought I knew. But then I arrived at our little CTTCB office and opened a box of newly published books, and there it was, waiting for me right on top.
"Home at Last" introduces us to Lester, a young boy standing on the steps of the children's center. He is waiting--nervous, excited, relieved-- for his new parents. And when Daddy Rich and Daddy Albert drive up with Wincka the dog in tow we, the spying reader, are welcomed into the beautiful beginnings of a new family.
"Home at Last" simply and honestly gives us a peek into Lester's new life. We are privy to Lester's lingering fears as well as to his fathers' new-parent frustrations. At the same time we get to witness Lester's growing confidence and delight at finally having a family of his own again.
Vera B. WIlliams and Chris Raschka, both Caldecott Honor recipients for their respective works, pooled their tremendous talents to create a story that encourages young readers to expand and deepen their understanding of family.
"Home at Last" was Vera B. Williams' last creation before she died in October 2015. I encourage you to take a moment to read this warm, funny, real tale of family love.
by Christina Moorehead