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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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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 be confined to 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 Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room.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.

Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog - March 15, 2019
"Uplifting and empowering, A Plan for Pops is a great read with inspiring messaging and lovely illustrations."
Resource Links - February 22, 2019
"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."
School Library Journal - January 23, 2019
"A beautiful and uplifting book to help children learn how to handle challenges and help others; a great choice for intergenerational picture book shelves."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - November 14, 2018
"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."
Kirkus Reviews - November 9, 2018
"A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple. "
CM: Canadian Review of Materials - November 9, 2018
"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."