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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: STEM, grandparents, intergenerational relationships, aging, community, LGBTQ+, inventions
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 19/Feb/2019
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"A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple." —Kirkus Reviews

"A beautiful and uplifting book." —School Library Journal

Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in ?hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will need to use a wheelchair, not just for now, but for always. Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room. Hearing Grandad trying to cheer up Pops inspires Lou to make a plan. Using skills learned from Grandad, and with a little help from their neighbors, Lou comes up with a plan for Pops.

Kirkus Reviews
"A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple. "
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Accompanied by Kerrigan's muted, pastel-coloured illustrations… Smith's narrative creates a fully rounded and sympathetic storyline with characters with whom youngsters will likely be able to identify…A delicious, enjoyable, and necessary narrative for modern families with a non-normative makeup. Highly Recommended."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A fond and sympathetic story, told with attractive particulars, of the challenging pitfalls of aging and their effects on the family…[A] welcome reminder that even after a daunting change, family can still be family."
School Library Journal
"A beautiful and uplifting book to help children learn how to handle challenges and help others; a great choice for intergenerational picture book shelves."
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"The bond between Lou and his loving grandparents shines through in this unique story. The matter-of-factness of their relationship is worth noting, as this type of representation for same-sex couples will help children appreciate the diversity that exists in many families, without overstating it."
Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog
"Uplifting and empowering, A Plan for Pops is a great read with inspiring messaging and lovely illustrations."
Mombian blog
"A marvelous book on many, many levels and deserves a wide readership. Pick it up for your children, grandchildren, grandparents, or others in your lives, and recommend it to all the children’s librarians you know."
Kiss the Book blog
"Add this one to your go-to list."
Youth Services Book Review
"[Children] will be instantly drawn in by the warmth and love that binds these three characters together."
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“Whatever message a young child gets out of this book, it will be a powerful one… This book is an excellent choice for the pre-school land the early elementary-aged child.”
The Horn Book Online
“A warm intergenerational story accompanied by expressive illustrations full of engaging detail.”
Spirituality & Practice
“One of those books that bursts out of its ages 3 - 5 range because of its tender, funny pictures and heartwarming storyline that speak to the best in humanity, at any age.”
Canadian Children's Book News

“Smith’s characters are real and honest…Kerrigan’s digital artwork…is both engaging and touching.”


Blue Spruce Award  | 2020 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection  | 2019 | Commended
OLA Best Bets—Top Ten  | 2019 | Commended
ALA Rainbow List Top Ten  | 2020 | Commended
Best Spiritual Book of the Year  | 2019 | Commended
BC Books for BC Schools  | 2021 | Commended