Home At Last

Reviewed by Lisa C.

November is Picture Book Month and National Adoption Awareness Month, with a special focus on the adoption of children currently in foster care.

Home At Last, a collaborative effort of notable authors and illustrators Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka, portrays the nervousness of Lester, a young boy adjusting to his new home with Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich.

In scenes familiar to many parents, the fathers patiently explain to Lester the necessity of sleeping in his own bed, until one night frustration and sleep deprivation combust and the family dog is the one to climb into bed with Lester and provide soothing comfort. But on Sunday mornings the daddies share their bed with boy and dog and pancakes, toast crumbs and newspapers, and sunlight slanting in through the window blinds.These Sunday mornings, and weekend romps with new cousins, are what Lester likes best, what help him feel home at last. 

Recommended for ages 4 and up.

November also is National Family Literacy Month. What better way to celebrate than by snuggling in bed and reading a book together!  For other books about adoption and all kinds of families, see:

  • Just Right Family: An Adoption Story by Silvia Lopez
  • A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary
  •  Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Baker Schiffer
  • One Family by George Shannon