Join us on Instagram Live for a special virtual event with Kao Kalia Yang and Xee Reiter, author and illustrator of the beautiful, tender new picture book The Shared Room. They will read the book and talk a bit about this loving story of a family grieving a great loss.
A family gradually moves forward after the loss of a child—a story for readers of all ages
When someone you love dies, you know what doesn’t die? Love. On the hot beach, among colorful umbrellas blooming beneath a bright sun, no one saw a little girl walk into the water. Now, many months later, her bedroom remains empty, her drawers hold her clothes, her pillows and sheets still have her scent, and her mother and father, brothers and sister carry her in their hearts, along with their grief, which takes up so much space. Then one snowy day, the mother and father ask the girl’s older brother, “Would you like a room of your own?” He wants to know, “Whose?” They say, “Your sister’s.”
Tenderly, and with refreshing authenticity, beloved Minnesota writer Kao Kalia Yang tells the story of a Hmong American family living with loss and tremendous love. Her direct and poignant words are accompanied by the evocative and expressive drawings of Hmong American artist Xee Reiter. The Shared Room brings a message of comfort and hope to readers young and old.
"There is such power and pain and beauty in this brave little book. It is a thing to be treasured. Children who have experienced terrible grief in their young lives and are in need of seeing their sorrow reflected and honored have a beautiful friend in this story. The Shared Room is a tender thing—all heart and hope and quiet love. I love it dearly."—Kelly Barnhill, author of Newbery Medal Winner The Girl Who Drank the Moon
"A devastating yet beautiful meditation on loss, The Shared Room is a loving portrait of a family grappling with the impossible but necessary reality of moving forward together through their grief."—Minh Lé, author of The Perfect Seat