A Family Prayer is 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 auntie, 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, auntie, 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 Auntie 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.
About the Author
Shay Youngblood is a playwright and the author of the children's book Mama's Home, the novels Black Girl in Paris and Soul Kiss, and a collection of short fiction, The Big Mama Stories. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Pushcart Prize for fiction. She received her MFA in creative writing from Brown University and has taught at New York University and City College, NY. She currently lives in Atlanta.
At the age of five, Kristina Swarner decided that she wanted to be an artist when she grew up. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Kristina has created many award-winning illustrations and exhibited her work internationally. She lives in Chicago with her mostly four-legged family.