Stars Above Us by Geoffrey Norman, illustrated by E.B. Lewis - review
Amanda is afraid of the dark. I would be too, if my Daddy were going off to war. But Daddy pastes glow-in-the-dark stars to her ceiling and brings home a black lab puppy before he goes, and, while Amanda and her mom miss Daddy and fear for his safety, he does after all come home safely.
Any adult who can make it through Stars Above Us without choking up, please call me. I'd love to read it aloud to the second grade class, but you'd have to mop me up with a sponge afterward. E.B. Lewis, as always, much respect. Gorgeous work.