By Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant (Puffin)
This gentle story, with soft focus pastel and ink line illustrations, playfully suggests that some families might benefit from slowing down and enjoying their time together. Henry (a popular name this year!) is a thoughtful little boy who doesn’t want to always be late, but treasures time to think, observe and play. For his birthday, his grandmother figures out how to give Henry more time. Henry’s family is Asian and African-American, hitting an important demographic artfully and without comment.