Today we’re delighted to share the cover for Too Much: My Great Big Native Family by Laurel Goodluck, illustrated by Bridget George! The book was designed by Lizzy Bromley and edited by Kendra Levin under the management of Morgan York. It will be released on January 23, 2024 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Preorder it here.
A little boy wants a chance to shine on his own but discovers that being apart from his large and lively Native family isn’t necessarily better in this heartwarming and humorous picture book.
When Russell gets a part in the school play, he lights up like a shining star—and he can’t wait to tell his big, boisterous Native family the exciting news. But catching their attention when they all get together feels impossible; no matter where they go, they seem to be too noisy, too many, and just too much!
Russell decides to keep his big debut to himself and fly solo for once…but being alone may not be the answer. After all, there’s no such thing as too much love, and when he needs them most, his great big family knows how to be just enough.
Laurel Goodluck, from an intertribal background of Mandan and Hidatsa (ND) and Tsimshian (AK), was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, surrounded by a big loving extended family. She now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her Diné husband, where they raised two boys also bent on storytelling and loved by a large intertribal family. She has written Forever Cousins and now Too Much, My Big Native Family.
Bridget George (Nimkiinagwaagankwe) is an Anishinaabe illustrator from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, born and raised on the shores of Lake Huron—the traditional territory of her people. She lives with her son, Noah, and husband, David, in London, Ontario. Bridget’s author-illustrator debut, It’s a Mitig!, garnered the prestigious Periodical Marketers of Canada’s Indigenous Literature Award. She has also illustrated Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior by Carole Lindstrom; as well as The Tragically Hip ABC.