Summer Is for Cousins: A Picture Book (Hardcover)
From Newbery honor author Rajani LaRocca and illustrator Abhi Alwar comes a celebration of extended family and summertime fun expressed in a picture book full of joyful, color art.
Summer is for cousins.
Mom and Dad,
Two uncles, two aunties,
Thatha and Pati,
All of us are together.
Ravi can’t wait to spend summer vacation at the lake house with his family—especially his cousins! Summer vacation is for days at the beach, long hikes, paddleboarding, and—of course—ice cream. Ravi and his oldest cousin, Dhruv, had the same favorite flavor last year, but everything feels different now.
Dhruv’s much taller and his voice is deeper. Ravi’s worried that Dhruv won’t be interested in spending time with him, the little cousin. The ice cream shop doesn’t even have their favorite flavor this year. But on the last night of vacation, the cousins decide to make dinner, and Ravi’s in charge of dessert. He only has one special thing in mind!
This picture book all about summertime fun celebrates the resilient bond between extended family members.
“A gorgeous ode to change, growth, togetherness, and family.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“While the book is richer for its inclusion of elements reflecting LaRocca and Alwar’s Indian American heritage, it really shines in its depiction of a happy, extended family gathering, which is universally recognizable. A fond picture-book celebration of summer days and family ties.”
This story, with its irresistible atmosphere, shows how to realize and share the delights of the season.
— Horn Book
"[T]his narrative speaks particularly strongly to families who come together from far away for a special week every year...a fun book"
— School Library Journal