Book Cover Image of A Family Prayer by Shay Youngblood

A Family Prayer
by , Illustrated by Kristina Swarner

    Publication Date: May 09, 2023
    List Price: $18.99
    Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9780593234693
    Imprint: Convergent Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann

    Hardcover Description:

    A beautifully illustrated children’s book that celebrates all the family—biological and chosen alike—who keep us safe and teach us to dream

    In A Family Prayer, acclaimed novelist Shay Youngblood brings to life the prayer of a little brown girl who finds joy in asking God to keep her family safe. Young readers will celebrate every aunty, cousin, and grandmother in their life. But more than just her biological relatives, each family member is a maternal or paternal archetype, someone in her community who represents the title of mother, father, aunty, and the like.

    My sister is a blessing
    She keeps my secrets
    Braids my hair
    And helps me find my way
    Sisters are a blessing
    Keep them safe from harm

    My Aunty is a blessing
    She sings sweet songs
    Rocks me to sleep
    and whispers stories in the dark
    Aunties are a blessing
    Keep them safe from harm

    A Family Prayer champions the age-old wisdom that raising a family takes a village—and that the love of a community runs soul deep.