Join us in welcoming illustrator Emmy Mitchell and musical performer Junior Jr. to Cover to Cover for storytime, sing-along and a fun craft! Lauren Kelley and Emmy are the founders of "Books with Purpose," a series of books created to educate as well as entertain. Subject matters range from swim safety and oral healthcare to family dynamics. Junior Jr. is a children's music performer from Dublin that has been a touring musician for 15 years. He has partnered with BWP and written original songs to go along with the books.
Emmy will read Sam Sparrow: A Book about Families (ages 3 to 8).
What makes a family a family? When Sam Sparrow realizes that his classmates' families don't resemble his own, he leaves the nest alone for the first time to answer this question. In an age of modern families, many children, like Sam, are concerned or confused about the differences seen in the families of others - and their own.
Sam Sparrow was written to help parents explore and discuss the dynamics of family with their kids. Helping children recognize differences in families - and reassuring them these differences are ok - provides opportunities for conversations explaining topics like divorce, adoption, absent parents, single or same-sex parents, as well as the death of a parent.
In the end, Sam Sparrow learns that as different as families can be, they are also the same: bound by love.