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This beautifully simple story about moving to a new home explores themes of change and permanence with warm illustrations from an award-winning illustrator.

A young girl is moving to a new country, and there’s so much that she wants to bring: an aquarium, a pear tree, her best friend, the ocean. As she moves through the list of the things she loves, she comes to understand that while we cannot always carry things with us physically—maybe they can travel with us in other ways.


Winner of the BolognaRagazzi Award, 2020 

A gentle story about change, home, and the hope life hands us when we open our hearts to receive it.” —Amina Chaudhri, Booklist, Starred Review

“Völk brings Sarihi’s simple but heartening story to life through beautiful … illustrations…. Staying true to its childlike perspective, this book offers the opportunity to explore and discuss themes of change, resilience, permanence, and connection.” Weileen Wang, The Horn Book

Sarihi's simple, heartfelt story is equally matched by Völk's unfussy yet evocative illustrations….A charming tale exploring themes of change, migration, and resilience told from a child's point of view. Kirkus Reviews

“A globally collaborative trio present lucky audiences My Favorite Memories, a poignant, hopeful journey of transition and relocation. Sarihi's spare story, translated from the German by Lauffer and enhanced by IBBY-Honored Völk's magnificent illustrations, will undoubtedly resonate with audiences around the world.” —Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon + Shelf Awareness

A gentle, empathetic story about acclimating to big change, not to mention a story about creative problem-solving, and about a child’s understanding that some things are carried in one’s heart or mind.”  —Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Author: Sepideh Sarihi

Illustrator: Julie Völk

Translator: Elisabeth Lauffer

ISBN: 9781733121248

Hardcover with Jacket

Full-Color Illustrations

Age Range: 5 to 8

Interest Level: Kindergarten to Grade 4

GRL-K/490L (Adult Directed)

Themes: Emotions and Feelings, Resilience and Inner Resources, New Experiences, Moving, Immigration

8.5 x 11 inches, 32 pages
Publication Date: August 18, 2020

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