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.


Told with warm illustrations by an award-winning picture book illustrator, My Favorite Memories offers parents and educators a gentle but impactful way to discuss the idea of resilience along with complex life events like immigration and moving to a new home.


★ “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


Winner of BolognaRagazzi Award 2020 (German edition)

"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



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

This title is also available for preorder at Amazon.

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