What is Given From the Heart by Patricia McKissack

Title: What Is Given from the Heart
Author: Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrator: April Harrison
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (2019)
ISBN: 978 0375836152

What Is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack is a touching book that promotes compassion, resilience, gratitude and a sense of community.

James Otis and his Mama have had a difficult time. His father died the previous year, they lost the family farm and their current “run-down shotgun house” floods whenever it rains.

During a church service before Valentine’s Day, Reverend Dennis shares some devastating news. The Temple family had lost everything in a fire. The church congregation come together to collect items of use to the family. James’ mother using her cherished white tablecloth to make an apron and she tells James to find “a li’l bit of something” for the Temple girl, Sarah.

James wonders how he can contribute as he doesn’t think he has anything worth giving. He thinks about the Reverend’s and his Mama’s words, “What is given from the heart reaches the heart.” He makes Sarah a book all about her. She is so delighted with this precious gift she presses it to her heart.

This is the final book by the late Patricia C. McKissack

Buy The Book


These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies book to book. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have any suggestions please get in touch!

Books by Patricia C. McKissack

More Books to Explore

The Children’s Library Lady has over 450 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.

Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post. I may earn a small percentage of any purchases made. It won’t cost you anything!

Like this post? Pin it & share the love!

What Is Given from the Heart Pinterest Pin