Zuni and the Memory Jar

by Aisha Saeed (Author) Neha Rawat (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
A joyful picture book about celebrating everyday moments of fun, beauty, and wonder, from New York Times bestselling author Aisha Saeed

Meet Zuni. She's sweet, silly, ever-so-charming, and full of bright ideas. Her family has a memory jar. Anytime someone in the family does something important, they mark those moments through notes and photos stored in the jar and share those memories together at the end of the year.

Her parents tell Zuni that when she grows up, she’ll have important memories to share, too, like graduations, and milestones, and trophies. But Zuni is already making memories! And at the end of the year, her family gets to see the moments that made an impact on little Zuni.

A deceptively simple story for young and old alike, Zuni and the Memory Jar is a reminder to celebrate everyday joys in life along with the grand achievements.
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Starred Review
A superbly original picture book that celebrates memories big and small.
Aisha Saeed
Aisha Saeed's novels include the New York Times bestseller Amal Unbound, Written in the Stars, Yes No Maybe So (with Becky Albertalli), Diana and the Island of No Return, and Forty Words for Love, and her picture books include Bilal Cooks Daal and The Together Tree. She is a Pakistani American writer, teacher, and attorney. She has been featured on MTV, the Huffington Post, NBC and the BBC. As one of the founding members of the We Need Diverse Books campaign, she is helping change the conversation about representation in literature. Aisha lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and sons. Find her online at www.aishasaeed.com.

Neha Rawat is an award-winning children's book illustrator from India. She spent a few years working as an engineer before her passion for art and visual storytelling led her to specialize in children's illustration. Neha can be found cuddling dogs, doing yoga, and hiking when not working in her studio. Visit Neha online at nrbstudio.in
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
June 11, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Library of Congress categories

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