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Going Down Home with Daddy

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons & illustrated by Daniel Minter
5.38 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.3 / 5.0
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“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.

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Quotes from This Book

  • “Hand in hand, we create a ring inside the house Pa built for Granny. / Heart to heart, we share what we’re thankful for.”
  • “I grin up at the moon. It glows back at me.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • 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?

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Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.25 / 7.0
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5.5 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Going Down Home with Daddy

Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons grew up in Pittsburgh. She is the award-winning author of several books for children including Ellen’s Broom, a Coretta Scott King illustrator award book, and Hope’s Gift.

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Who Illustrated Going Down Home with Daddy

Daniel Minter

Daniel Minter has illustrated eleven books for children including Ellen’s Broom, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor. He lives in Portland, Maine.

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What Has Kelly Starling Lyons Said About This Book

  • Kelly Starling Lyons discusses Going Down Home with Daddy on The Children’s Book Podcast

What Has Daniel Minter Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Daniel know that you want more details about Going Down Home with Daddy!

Kelly Starling Lyons's Book Dedication

This book is dedicated to Azari Ayindé

What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • Starred Review

    “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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Book Details

Publication Date:
April 1, 2019
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were rendered in TK.

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