• Innis and Ernest


Innis loves being an only child. He gets to watch TV and play with his cars whenever he wants. Then one day, Ernest, a 90-year-old man, comes to live with his family, and Innis must start sharing his space with someone else. Innis is irritated at first, but he soon learns that he and Ernest have lots in common, and he begins to appreciate Ernest’s stories, silliness, and special treasures. By the end of the story, Innis cannot imagine life without his new best friend.

A heartfelt and humorous picture book about cross-generational friendship, Innis and Ernest reveals the importance of having relationships with senior citizens in our communities. A celebration of life, both young and old, this gentle story is sure to captivate children, parents, and grandparents alike with its vintage illustrations and endearing message.

the author

Carissa Shillito lives in Kansas with her husband and four boys. They drive their dust-covered van along country roads to their home, a Christian retreat center call Shalom. There her family had the privilege of living with “Ernest” who was 100 years old. Relationships are the most important part of Carissa’s life, especially with her best friend, Jesus. She thinks you, the reader of this book, are a great, big, super-special treasure, and she wishes she could read your bio. 


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