Going Down Home With Daddy (Caldecott Honor Book 2020!)

You’ve probably enjoyed many of the 2020 Caldecott winning books by now. What as outstanding collection this year! Today I’d like to highlight one of the gorgeous Honor Books: GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter (and published by one of my favorite houses, Peachtree Publishing.)

This warm, heartfelt story shares a special trip in which Lil Alan, his parents, and sister are going down home–to Granny’s house. There they enjoy precious time with relatives, hear stories of their ancestors, and visit the land that means so much to them all.

It’s hard to find words to adequately describe the vibrant, powerful illustrations by Daniel Minter. I mean, just look at them!

So here’s the description from ALA’s website – “… a warm, rich color palette, every spread has multiple, complex layers. Earthy imagery and Adinkra symbols help tell a story of intergenerational love and ancestral memory.” 

If you haven’t read GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY yet, I hope you get your hands on a copy soon!

(PS My local library has not reopened yet, but I was able to access the book through Hoopla, a service provided by my library.)

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the author of more than 100 books. A mechanical engineer by degree, she enjoys writing about science topics and fascinating historical figures. Recent books include: SWISH! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, The Daring Dozen, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane, The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, The Inventor’s Secret, and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Coming soon -- MARS IS, JUNE ALMEIDA VIRUS DETECTIVE! THE WOMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, and TBA titles from Calkins Creek, Peachtree, and Random House. Learn more about Suzanne and her books at: www.suzanneslade.com


  1. Boy, now I see what all the fuss is about! These saturated colors (and the dense, lovely language) invite a reader right in. Beautiful!

  2. I adore this story and also ala does a brilliant job explaining the images, also, LOVE hoopla! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Angie Quantrell

    I have read this book, and it is gorgeous! You can tell just by looking at these illustrations. The story is wonderful as well!. It puts me in mind of The Relatives Came. Love these family stories.

  4. The illustrations are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

  5. Beautiful book and story! Congrats!

  6. This is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Daniel Minter’s artwork is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Both the language and colors in the illustrations are rich and lovely. A gorgeous book! Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Absolutely spellbinding. Love this book. I was immediately transported to another place.

  10. Really lovely – those blues and browns are gorgeous!

  11. Jilanne Hoffmann

    I LOVE this book and have reviewed it on Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s beautiful in so many ways!

  12. What a gorgeous, heart-filled picture book! I’m looking forward to reading it.

  13. Michelle Meadows

    Hooray! I love this book!

  14. I just ordered this gorgeous picture book! Congratulations. It looks beautiful!

  15. Gorgeous. I could get lost in these images.

  16. Love the vivid writing and gorgeous illustrations. Beautiful!

  17. My library hasn’t opened yet either. You can count on Peachtree to publish gorgeous, heartwarming books.

  18. Kelly is such a beautiful writer and the artwork is gorgeous. Just perfect!

  19. This is an incredibly beautiful book.

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