By Megan Dowd Lambert and illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
This warm, engaging story, which unfolds entirely through the conversation of two adopted sisters, was inspired by the author’s own daughters, whom she overheard talking about how adoption made them “real sisters” even though they have different birth parents and do not look alike. “I liked how they took care of one another in their pretend-play scenario about climbing a mountain,” Lambert says, “and I loved how they also took care of one another’s feelings as they talked about adoption.” Real Sisters Pretend captures these interactions perfectly and movingly.
Here’s a link to an essay I wrote for Embrace Race that shares how two of my daughters inspired this book: Real Sisters and Brothers. It includes this photo from our book launch, where my daughters signed copies alongside me and illustrator Nicole Tadgell.
9 x 10, 32 pages, color illustrations
Paperback edition coming in November 2019 978-088448-784-5
Signed copies available!
- A 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Award Must Read Picture Book/Early Reader
- A CCBC Choices 2017 title
- A CSMCL Best Books of 2016 title
- A Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017
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