Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

A Plan for Pops

by (author) Heather Smith

illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2019
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
    List Price
  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
    List Price

Where to buy it

About the authors

Heather Smith's profile page

BROOKE KERRIGAN est une artiste, graphiste et illustratrice de livres pour enfants. Elle est diplômée du Sheridan College en illustration interprétative et a illustré plus de dix livres pour enfants, dont Fishermen Through and Through, Plan for Pops et The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain, qui lui a valu un prix Blue Spruce. On peut aussi voir son travail dans les pages du magazine Chirp. Brooke partage son temps entre l’Ontario et une petite ville des Alpes françaises



BROOKE KERRIGAN grew up surrounded by books and the love of art. Now she has illustrated more than a dozen books including Fishermen Through & Through, A Plan for Pops and the Blue Spruce Award Honour Books The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain and Kiss Me! I’m a Prince.


Her fun and whimsical illustrations are created in watercolour, gouache, pencil crayon and collage. Born and raised in Toronto, she now splits her time between Tiny, Ontario and a little town in the French Alps called Chamonix. Visit her at

Brooke Kerrigan's profile page


  • Commended, ALA Rainbow List Top Ten
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets—Top Ten
  • Commended, Best Spiritual Book of the Year

Editorial Reviews

"[Children] will be instantly drawn in by the warmth and love that binds these three characters together."

Youth Services Book Review

"Accompanied by Kerrigan's muted, pastel-coloured illustrations… Smith's narrative creates a fully rounded and sympathetic storyline with characters with whom youngsters will likely be able to identify…A delicious, enjoyable, and necessary narrative for modern families with a non-normative makeup. Highly Recommended."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A beautiful and uplifting book to help children learn how to handle challenges and help others; a great choice for intergenerational picture book shelves."

School Library Journal

"A marvelous book on many, many levels and deserves a wide readership. Pick it up for your children, grandchildren, grandparents, or others in your lives, and recommend it to all the children’s librarians you know."

Mombian blog

"The bond between Lou and [their] loving grandparents shines through in this unique story. The matter-of-factness of their relationship is worth noting, as this type of representation for same-sex couples will help children appreciate the diversity that exists in many families, without overstating it."

Resource Links

"A fond and sympathetic story, told with attractive particulars, of the challenging pitfalls of aging and their effects on the family…[A] welcome reminder that even after a daunting change, family can still be family."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple. "

Kirkus Reviews

"Add this one to your go-to list."

Kiss the Book blog

“Smith’s characters are real and honest…Kerrigan’s digital artwork…is both engaging and touching.”

Canadian Children's Book News

“A warm intergenerational story accompanied by expressive illustrations full of engaging detail.”

The Horn Book Online

"Uplifting and empowering, A Plan for Pops is a great read with inspiring messaging and lovely illustrations."

Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog

“One of those books that bursts out of its ages 3 - 5 range because of its tender, funny pictures and heartwarming storyline that speak to the best in humanity, at any age.”

Spirituality & Practice

“Whatever message a young child gets out of this book, it will be a powerful one… This book is an excellent choice for the pre-school land the early elementary-aged child.”

Must Read Literature: K thru YA