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There's Always Room for One More

Illustrated by Ishaa Lobo

About The Book

A girl struggles to say goodbye to the family table until she discovers that a new, bigger table means more room for creating memories and welcoming loved ones in this heartwarming picture book perfect for fans of All Are Welcome, The Bench, and A Grand Day.

Clare loves her family’s table—it’s the perfect size for homework help and pancake breakfasts. But with Grandpa moving in, Mama says they need a bigger one. Clare is excited for Grandpa’s arrival, but not ready to say goodbye to the old table.

When the new table arrives, neighbors help clean, sand, and paint. Friends and family bring over puzzles and peaches to help make Grandpa feel at home. But it’s not until Clare helps Papa make Grandpa’s favorite treat that she finally sees how this table means more space for creating new memories. And that when it comes to the people you love, there’s always room for one more.

About The Author

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Robyn McGrath is a native of Texas and lives in Austin with her family where she works as a play therapist. She’s the author of Dolly!: The Story of Dolly Parton and Her Big Dream, illustrated by Ellen Surrey; There’s Always Room for One More, illustrated by Ishaa Lobo; and A Mind of Her Own, illustrated by Liz Wong. To learn more about Robyn, visit

About The Illustrator

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Ishaa Lobo is a British Indian illustrator based in London specializing in children’s books. Her work is often inspired by nature, colorful interiors, and snippets of everyday life. She is the illustrator of The Mystery of the Love List by Sarah Glenn Marsh; To Dogs, with Love by Maria Gianferrari; and There’s Always Room for One More by Robyn McGrath. Visit her at

Why We Love It

“This cozy book encourages kids to embrace new experiences, while also celebrating how a family and community rally together to support a big change in Grandpa’s life.”

—Catherine L., Editor, on There’s Always Room for One More

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 29, 2023)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665925389
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"A warm, inviting picture book."

– Booklist, 7/1/23

“A solid purchase for any picture book collection.”

– School Library Journal, 8/25/23

"A helpful tale for building empathy and navigating change."

– Kirkus Reviews

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