Whether you’re furless…
May is the month to celebrate the being that made and/or nurtured YOU.
Silly Wonderful You
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
Published by Balzer+Bray
January 5, 2016
Every young healthy child has boundless energy. This book captures the spirit of that truth and the reality of life never being the same…but, oh so much better, after motherhood. It’s a charmer and would make a perfect gift for new mothers. The illustrations are cartoonish and certainly add to its sweetness.
You Made Me a Mother
Written by Laurenne Sala
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Published by HarperCollins
March 8, 2016
Age range: 4-8
From early pregnancy to birth and beyond this book takes you on the sweet journey to motherhood. Expressive illustrations capture each memorable moment. Another touching tribute to the joy of having children.
Our Love Grows
Written and illustrated by Anna Pignataro
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
April 5, 2016
Age range: 4-8
Pip, the panda bear cub, has questions for his mama and wonders if things will change. Mama answers in tender ways and eventually reassures her cub that her love for him will only grow. Told in rhyme with lovely watercolor illustrations.
Are You My Mother? ¿Eres tú mi mama?
Written and Illustrated by P.D. Eastman
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
January 12, 2016
Age range: 6-9
A classic done in Seussical fashion. P.D. Eastman was hired by Theodor Geisel to create his Beginner Book series and had his own style that is reminiscent of his protégé and colleague, Dr. Seuss. Baby bird hatches while mother bird is out looking for food. The little hatchling then goes off to search for his mother in this simple and sweet tale. This edition is larger in size than the original (released in 1967) to accommodate both the English and Spanish text (translated by Teresa Mlawer). A great addition for a bilingual family or for those learning either of the languages.
This year, I’m celebrating my first Mother’s Day as a grandmother. It’s super special in so many ways. And think of all the picture books I’ll get to share with Lil’ Precious!