by Bea Birdsong and illustrated by Holly Hatam
February 2021 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Everyone in Sam's family wants her to say their name for her first word. To convince her, Mama sings, Papa tells a story, and Nana draws. Even their neighbor Mr. Theotopolous gets in on the action by performing an epic poem.
Sam has something to say, something urgent, but how can she make her family stop thinking about themselves and listen? She may have to take drastic measures!
This sweetly silly story is read-aloud fun for the whole family, from parents who may end up laughing at themselves to kids who will cheer Sam on to her triumphant finale.