2023 Christopher Award Winner, Books for Young People

Remember Us with Smiles is a tender story of a family remembering together both the fun and the challenges of growing up. It reminds readers to savor even the humblest of moments because they provide the foundation for a lifetime of memories. A book for children of all ages, young children will be introduced to the concept of seeing something extraordinary in the commonplace, while older children will be encouraged to commemorate milestones in their own lives. Remember Us with Smiles will leave families with the reassurance that when they remember their lives together with a smile, joy forms the bridge connecting then to now, now to the future.

Praise for Remember Us with Smiles

“Gary and Grace Jansen’s warmth and beautiful spirit literally exude from each page. This is the perfect book to curl up to at the end of each day as parents and kids read, snuggle, reminisce, and best of all, smile. 
– Angela C. Santomero, award-winning author, creator of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and co-creator of Blue’s Clues 

Remember Us with Smiles will spark the creativity of children of all ages and help them tell their own stories.”
–Deepak Chopra, international bestselling author of On My Way to A Happy Life

​”Remember Us with Smiles is about the magic of love and family, and it’s a reminder to stay connected to what really matters—each other! This beautiful book made me smile, tear up and feel happy to visit my own memories.”
–Kimberly Snyder, New York Times best-selling author of You Are More Than You Think You Are

“Reminding us of the importance of cherishing everyday moments, Remember Us with Smiles is a delightful and charming read for both young and old. 
–Julianne Stanz, author of Braving the Thin Places