The Ring Bearer

  • Title: The Ring Bearer
  • Author: Floyd Cooper
  • Illustrator: Floyd Cooper
  • Publisher: Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2017
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“Jackson’s mama is getting married, and he gets to be the ring bearer. But Jackson is worried . . . What if he trips? Or walks too slowly? Or drops the rings? And what about his new stepsister, Sophie? She’s supposed to be the flower girl, but Jackson’s not sure she’s taking her job as seriously as she should. In a celebration of blended families, this heartwarming story, stunningly illustrated by the award-winning Floyd Cooper, is a perfect gift for any child who’s nervous to walk down the aisle at a wedding, and shows kids that they can handle life’s big changes.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this could be used in a preschool through 1st grade setting simply for diverse children to see themselves in an everyday setting (thinking of the Black Joy movement). This book also explores blended families and the anxiety that comes before a family has meshed.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it– I really liked the muted, sepia toned colors in this book because it allowed for the characters to really stand out from their backgrounds.

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