Kelly Starling Lyons and Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Daniel Minter team up to bring readers a rich and powerful exploration of the power of family traditions. Stunning illustrations and eloquent text celebrate history, culture, and ritual.
Down home is Granny’s house. Down home is where Lil Alan and his parents and sister will join great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to family history. All the kids have to decide on what tribute to share, but what will Lil Alan do?
“Imagery is presented in marvelous metaphors… Minter’s acrylic-wash prints soar… A warm, loving, necessary reminder of the power in families coming together.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Lyrical…a heartfelt story of family love, shared history, and connection to a place that binds everyone together.” ―Booklist
When Daniel Minter’s illustrations first arrived at Peachtree, we were overwhelmed by the size of the paintings (they covered our conference room table!) and the stunning clarity and richness of the colors. The images perfectly capture Kelly Starling Lyons’ celebration of Black family reunions and a young boy discovering just how valuable family is.
You’ll want to dive into this beautiful picture book as soon as you can, so check out the excerpt here, and if you just want more art, download the free poster here. Bring this book to life in your library or classroom with discussion questions from our free discussion guide.