A mother’s watchful eye is meant to keep a family safe. It will also catch the sweetness and genuine love in life’s little moments. In her thoughtful picture book debut, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, touchingly illuminates the ever-changing relationship between fathers and sons. Collaborating with the incomparable Christian Robinson, who artfully uses watercolor painting for the first time, Meghan has created a celebration of modern parenthood. Constructed over many virtual calls, The Bench, a love letter to all fathers, has a timeless feel that will be treasured for generations to come.
This is your bench
Where you’ll witness great joy.
From here you will rest
See the growth of our boy.
In The Bench, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between father and son and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family.
Evoking a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion, The Bench gives readers a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons—moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort.
Working in watercolor for the first time, Caldecott-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson expands on his signature style to bring joy and softness to the pages, reflecting the beauty of a father’s love through a mother’s eyes.
With a universal message, this thoughtful and heartwarming read-aloud is destined to be treasured by families for generations to come.
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About the Author
Christian Robinson received a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street. He is the author and illustrator of the picture books Another and You Matter, and he has illustrated many more, including Milo Imagines the World, Carmela Full of Wishes, and the Gaston and Friends series.