Featured books by Vera Williams

A Chair for Always

By: Vera Williams
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

In a companion to A Chair for My Mother, young Rosa awaits the birth of her baby cousin in the now slightly frayed chair so lovingly purchased long ago. When the baby is born, Rosa introduces him to the much-loved chair and its history in this sincere and warmly told and illustrated family story.

A Chair for My Mother

By: Vera Williams
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and her grandmother save their money to buy a big comfortable chair. Suffused with warmth and tenderness, A Chair for My Mother celebrates family love and determination. A Caldecott Honor book. Spanish version also available.

Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart

By: Vera Williams
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

Life isn't easy for sisters Amber and Essie. Their mother works long hours; their father's in prison; there's generally little to eat. But there is joy in their creative play, neighbor friendships, and mutual love and support, which shines through difficulties. In poems and pictures that are never overtly sentimental, Williams eloquently and intimately reveals the sisters' distinct personalities and their story.

Cherries and Cherry Pits

By: Vera Williams
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Genre: Fiction

Bidemmi is a budding artist and a careful observer of the world around her. As she weaves together stories and drawings of the people in her neighborhood, she ties the tales together through cherries — buying them, sharing them, and enjoying them. Learn how Bidemmi uses cherries to create her vision for the future in this brightly colored and softly crafted book that understands and speaks to young children.

More, More, More Said the Baby

By: Vera Williams
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Genre: Fiction

In each of these three short, colorfully illustrated stories, the grandmother loves her Little Pumpkin as only a doting grandmother can. Chubby, multi-ethnic children are brightly portrayed in sparkling watercolors.

Music, Music for Everyone

By: Vera Williams
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

When Rosa’s grandmother becomes sick, Rosa comes up with an idea that not only makes Grandma feel better, it helps add coins to the family’s near empty money jar. Translucent watercolors illustrate this timeless, affectionate tale of family, community and the power of music.

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