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 hairAnd helps me find my waySisters are a blessingKeep them safe from harm My Aunty is a blessing She sings sweet songs Rocks me to sleepand whispers stories in the darkAunties are a blessingKeep 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.