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My Hands Tell a Story

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Tonya Engel. My Hands Tell a Story is about a little girl who becomes transported by the tales her grandmother’s hands tell, while baking bread with her. Tales that spring from the rose-painted nails, a flower-banded wedding ring, and the way her fingers move and glide, show just how these hands have many tales to tell, but only if you listen.

This best seller is an impactful tale that honors family and self-love. It beautifully shows how you carry memories within yourself that are meant to be shared with your loved ones. Children will discover that their own hands have the power to shape the start of their life story, and for generations to come!

FOR ALL AGES | Meaningful and loved by every generation

INSPIRATIONAL | Learn how impactful your memories have on you and your family

AWARD WINNING | NCTE 2023 Charlotte Huck Award Recommendation for Outstanding Fiction for Children Recommended Book, and New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2022

REYCRAFT BOOKS | Authentic stories and illustrations reflecting the voice and vision of children

  • School Library Journal Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • BCALA Best of the Best Booklist
  • Charlotte Huck Award Recommended Book for Outstanding Fiction for Children
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
  • Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) Best Book list
  • MISelf in Books list, Michigan Association of School Librarians
  • Amazon Choice Overall Pick
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‘My Hands Tell a Story,’ written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Tonya Engel is about a little girl who becomes transported by the stories in her grandmother’s hands. What stories does she discover?

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