2023 Christopher Award Winner, Books for Young People 2023 Independent Press Awards Winner, Gift Books for Children 2023 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite, Picture Books - All Ages "Remember Us with Smiles will spark the creativity of children of all ages and help them tell their own stories." --Deepak Chopra, New York Times bestselling author Remember Us with Smiles
is a tender story of a family remembering together both the fun and the challenges of growing up. It reminds readers to savor even the humblest of moments because they provide the foundation for a lifetime of memories. A book for children of all ages, young children will be introduced to the concept of seeing something extraordinary in the commonplace, while older children will be encouraged to commemorate milestones in their own lives. Remember Us with Smiles
will leave families with the reassurance that when they remember their lives together with a smile, joy forms the bridge connecting then to now, now to the future.
The lively and colorful illustrations by Barbara Bongini bring to life family visits to the park, bedtime stories, and car rides for ice cream, as well as stormy nights, sicknesses, and scares. "We are inviting parents to imagine how they can help their children and grandchildren see yesterday through the lens of appreciation," says co-author Gary Jansen says, "because when a family spends time together, what feels ordinary in the moment often becomes something to celebrate in the future."
About the Author
Gary Jansen is a popular speaker and the author of several books, including the multi-award-winning MicroShifts, The 15-Minute Prayer Solution, Station to Station, Life Everlasting, and the memoir Holy Ghosts. Jansen has appeared on A&E, the Sundance Channel, the Travel Channel, Coast to Coast AM, CNN.com, and NPR. His writing has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Angelus, and Religion Dispatches. Jansen worked at Penguin Random House for 25 years where he was the editor on several New York Times bestsellers. He is now the executive editor of acquisitions at Loyola Press.