reat books can yield belly laughs and beautiful lessons. And, whether you're a small fry or a seasoned reader, these new family-friendly titles-whose authors all have metro Detroit ties-are sure to offer a good mix of both.
1. A Cow Needs a Tail For More Than One Summer: Life Lessons from Mom
By Lolita Cummings Carson
Remember when mom dropped her precious pearls of wisdom? This writer, also a professor at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, delivers just that in this journey of laughable short stories filled with morals anyone can digest. Blooming Twig Books, $9.99/ebook, $17.95/paperback.
2. Finding Heaven
By Char Goolsby and Traci Ricks
Lil’ Brown and friends Ariel, Freddie, Peter and Dewey search high and low for a special surprise for Lil’s grandma. Along the way, they find out about friendship, kindness, compassion and love in this vibrant first edition of a series. The Lil’ Brown Group. $10 ($1 helps test rape kits in Detroit).
3. Our Auntie Rosa
By Shelia McCauley Keys with Eddie B. Allen Jr.
The niece of civil rights icon Rosa Parks pairs up with the award-winning Detroit journalist to share details from the devoted mother figure and lessons her family learned from her along the way. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, $15.
4. Heart Picked: Elizabeth's Adoption Tale
By Sara Crutcher
This first-time Detroit author writes a compelling story about an adopted young girl, Elizabeth, who is thrilled to have her father visit for parent day at school. With positivity and confidence, this children’s tale openly discusses adoption as a way of healing and support. Mascot Books, $14.95.