“On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there’s nothing like going down home.” 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? In this rich and moving celebration of history, culture, and ritual, Kelly Starling Lyons’ eloquent text explores the power of family traditions. Stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Daniel Minter reveal the motion and connections in a large, multigenerational family.
Lil Alan shares pieces of his family heritage for the celebration. Do you know where your ancestors came from? What does being part of your family mean to you?
Lil Alan and his sister have a blast playing with cousins at grandma’s house. What do you enjoy doing most with your extended family?
Kelly Starling Lyons discusses Going Down Home with Daddy on The Children’s Book Podcast
This book is dedicated to Azari Ayindé
“Ultimately, he gifts an object lesson that emphasizes the legacy of love that brings them together as a “mighty family.” Imagery is presented in marvelous metaphors . . . while lighthearted ribbing . . . and soul food . . . set the scene for a celebration of myriad African-American and family traditions.”
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