A Keepsake Book for Children in Foster Care
Written by Jamie Sandefer Illustrated by Pamela Goodman
Lucid Books, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-63296-362-8, 17 pages, $12.99
Entering foster care can be a scary experience for a child. Foster mom Jamie Sandefer gleaned from her own experience welcoming children into her home to create the children’s book “Love You From Right Here.” In a very simple format, the book highlights some of the tough feelings children experience and the loving patience foster parents need to use to help a child cope with those feelings.
The book showcases diverse families and children, so every child can see themselves reflected in the story. “Love You From Right Here” would be a great first night read with a new child in your home. The book features a great bonus with a section at the end where a foster parent can add a picture of the child, note the date when he or she arrived in the home and add some diary entries about the child. This makes it easy for foster parents to put together a short little lifebook and send the keepsake with the child when they return to their family, move with relatives or are adopted.
— Reviewed by Kim Phagan-Hansel