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ISBN: 978-0-8294-5372-0
Hardcover | 32 pages

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.

The lively and colorful illustrations by Barbara Bongini bring to life family visits to the park, bedtime stories, and car rides for ice cream, as well as stormy nights, sicknesses, and scares. "We are inviting parents to imagine how they can help their children and grandchildren see yesterday through the lens of appreciation," says co-author Gary Jansen says, “because when a family spends time together, what feels ordinary in the moment often becomes something to celebrate in the future.”


​"Gary and Grace Jansen's warmth and beautiful spirit literally exude from each page. This is the perfect preschool book to curl up to at the end of each day as parents and kids read, snuggle, reminisce, and best of all, smile. Remember Us with Smiles Will no doubt be a beloved book and a phrase that all parents will include in their hopes and dreams!"
- Angela C. Santomero, award-winning author, creator of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and co-creator of Blue's Clues
"Storytelling is what distinguishes our species from all others. The earlier our children participate in storytelling, the better will be the future of humanity. 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. I look forward to reading this book over and over again with my kids. I can't recommend it more strongly for all families to read together!
–Kimberly Snyder, New York Times best-selling author of You Are More Than You Think You Are
"While we parents work to create lasting memories in our children's lives, it's often the simplest moments of everyday life that make the most lasting impressions. With gentle, engaging prose by Gary and Grace Jansen and delightful illustrations by Barbara Bongini, Remember Us with Smiles will help every family create and treasure their own magical moments. Destined to touch and impact hearts!"
–Lisa M. Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com and author of I'm a Saint in the Making
"A charming love letter to children and parents alike. Remember Us with Smiles teaches that no matter how "adult" kids become, and no matter how many details of their childhood they forget, they can always retrieve the eternal spirit of youthfulness by simply remembering the joy they had and the joy they gave when they were growing up."
–Anthony DeStefano, bestselling author of Little Star
"Reminding us of the importance of cherishing everyday moments Remember Us with Smiles is a delightful and charming read for both young and old. A perfect gift for a family, grandparents, children, or for use in the classroom. Remember Us with Smiles is destined to be a timeless classic that captures your heart!"
–Julianne Stanz, author of Braving the Thin Places

Author Bio

Gary Jansen

Gary Jansen is a popular speaker and the author of several books, including The 15-Minute Prayer Solution, Station to Station, Life Everlasting, and the memoir Holy Ghosts. Jansen has appeared on A&E, the Sundance Channel, the Travel Channel, Coast to Coast AM, CNN.com, and NPR. His writing has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Angelus, and Religion Dispatches. Jansen worked at Penguin Random House for 25 years where he was the editor on several New York Times bestsellers. He is now the executive editor of acquisitions at Loyola Press.

Grace Jansen

Grace Jansen worked in the public school system for more than 20 years. She is now a personal trainer who looks to inspire people of all ages to be their best selves. Gary and Grace live in New York with their two sons.

Christopher Award Winner, Books for Young People, 2023

Independent Press Award Winner, Children's - Educational, 2023

Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite, Picture Books - All Ages, 2023

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