BCB Home at Last
A poignant, timely, and universal picture book about fear, adoption, family, and the joy of fatherhood written by beloved and award-winning author Vera B. Williams and illustrated by the author in collaboration with two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka.
After Lester is adopted by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he develops a big problem—he can’t fall asleep in his new bed. Night after night he creeps into his parents’ room and attempts to crawl in between his two daddies, confident that if he’s with them and their dog, Wincka, nothing bad will happen to him ever again.
But every night, Lester’s new dads wake up and walk him back to his own room, hoping that eventually Lester will get used to the new house and his new family. They buy him a bike and take him for strawberry ice cream. They make cocoa and introduce him to his cousins. But no matter how happy Lester seems during the day, every night he still makes the dark and scary trek from his own room to his daddies’. It’s their sweet dog Wincka who finally solves the problem when she climbs into Lester’s bed and promptly falls asleep, serving as both his pillow and his protector throughout the night. Lester feels home at last.
Vera B. Williams died on October 16, 2015, while still working on this book with her dear friend, partner in crime, and fellow artist Chris Raschka. Chris Raschka's astonishing and glorious full-color paintings are based on original sketches by Vera B. Williams and honor both her spirit and her intent. Home at Last is a universal, timely, and timeless book and a remarkable final note to an extraordinary career.