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    Cover Reveal: Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menéndez

    I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of this forthcoming 2021 beauty, Latinitas by debut author/illustrator Juliet Menéndez. Check out a quote from Juliet and the synopsis from the publisher written below.

    “In making the cover, I wanted to celebrate this amazing community of Latinas who are inspiring leaders and advocates of change and am so happy to share it with you. I can’t believe that this project I have been dreaming about since 2014 is finally coming to life! As Selena would say, estoy MUY excited!”  — Juliet Menéndez

    Publisher: Godwin Books
    On-sale Date: February 23, 2021, available for pre-orders now!

    About the book

    Meet some of the bravest, most influential Latinas in history! With portraits of the individuals as children and short bios celebrating their accomplishments and lives, Juliet Menéndez brings these amazing women to life. The subjects are a mix of well-known figures such as artist Frida Kahlo and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and lesser known figures, like the spy Policarpa Salavarrieta from Colombia and NASA’s first virtual reality engineer, Evelyn Miralles, from Venezuela.

    The book also features Juana Azurduy de Padilla, Policarpa Salavarrieta, Rosa Peña de González, Teresa Carreño, Zelia Nuttall, Antonia Navarro Huezo, Matilde Hidalgo, Gabriela Mistral, Juana de Ibarbourou, Pura Belpré, Gumercinda Páez, Julia de Burgos, Chavela Vargas, Alicia Alonso, Victoria Santa Cruz, Claribel Alegría, Celia Cruz, Dolores Huerta, Rita Moreno, Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, Mercedes Sosa, Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Mercedes Doretti, Sonia Pierre, Justa Canaviri, Evelyn Miralles, Selena Quintanilla, Berta Cáceres, Serena Auñon, Wanda Díaz Merced, Marta Vieira da Silva, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Laurie Hernandez.

    Recommended for Ages 8 – 12 and up.

    Visit Juliet’s website here to see some of her work.

    Author/Illustrator Juliet Menéndez
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    Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea + A Giveaway!

    KAMALA AND MAYA’S BIG IDEA

    by Meena Harris, illustrated by Ana Ramírez González

    Age Range: 4 – 8 years
    Grade Level: Preschool – 3
    Hardcover: 32 pages
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Meena Harris debuts with an empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of her aunt, US Senator Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer, and policy expert Maya Harris.

    One day, Kamala and Maya had an idea. A big idea: they would turn their empty apartment courtyard into a playground!

    This is the uplifting tale of how the author’s aunt and mother first learned to persevere in the face of disappointment and turned a dream into reality. This is a story of children’s ability to make a difference and of a community coming together to transform their neighborhood.

    In Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, two sisters decide they need a playground in the back of their building. They won’t take the landlord’s “no” as an answer and rally all the kids who live in the building to help them find a way. I love how at the girls call themselves the “per-sisters” at the end of the book because they were persistent and didn’t give up. Recommended for ages 4 – 8.

    Meena Harris was born into a family of strong women whose legacy continues to inspire her. Her grandmother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist; her mother, Maya Harris, is a lawyer and policy expert; and her aunt, Kamala Harris, is a United States senator from California. Meena herself is a lawyer and entrepreneur. In 2017 she founded the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, a female-powered organization that brings awareness to social causes. She currently resides in San Francisco with her partner and two daughters.

    Ana Ramírez González worked as a visual development artist on Pixar’s Oscar-winning film Coco and illustrated the companion picture book Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Peña. Ana is also the illustrator of Maybe Tomorrow? by Charlotte Agell. She grew up in Guanajuato, Mexico, and lives in Oakland, California.

    Follow Meena on Instagram @meenaharris or at phenomenalwoman.us.

    Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea

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    Made for Me: + A Father’s Day Giveaway

    MADE FOR ME

    by Zack Bush, illustrated by Gregorio De Lauretis

    Published by Familius

    Recommended for ages 3 – 5

    Of all the children that ever could be,
    You are the one made just for me.

    From a child’s first uttered “Dada” to his or her first unsteady steps, nothing can adequately convey the joy and awe of watching the birth and growth of a new child. Now releasing as a board book filled with adorable illustrations and the refrain, “You are the one made just for me,” Made for Me is a winning presentation of tender moments that tie a father and his new child together–forever.

    This heartwarming story celebrates a father’s love for his child. Told in rhyming couplets with darling illustrations to match, this story follows a father from his child’s birth through toddlerhood. The repeated phrase “Of all children that ever could be, / you are the one made just for me” allows children to participate and engage in the story while anticipating what will happen next.

    Made for Me makes a great gift for new fathers, Father’s Day or Grandparent’s Day. It beautifully expresses a love for a child in the most endearing way.

    Visit Familius to learn more about the book.

    Ready for your chance to win a copy?  See the giveaway details listed below.

    Father’s Day Giveaway!One (1) lucky winner will receive a copy of Made for Me (U.S. addresses), courtesy of Familius!

    Made for Me: A Father’s Day Giveaway

    Made for Me by Zack Bush
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    How We Organize Our Books at Home + Where to Find Free or Discounted Books

    How We Organize Our Books at Home

    To organize or not to organize, that is the question bibliophiles around the world sometimes discuss both in person and online. Believe it or not, people often get into heated debates about this topic – yes, there are people who take take their books and organization (or lack thereof) VERY seriously.

    I am often asked how we organize our books at home since we are fortunate to have so many of them. Therefore, I finally decided to write a blog post hoping it will help others or spark ideas on different ways to organize books.

    ORGANIZATION METHOD #1: ORGANIZE BY COLOR

    I prefer to organize our books by rainbow color in our family room library. Since those are the main bookshelves in our home, I wanted them to be visually appealing and pleasing to the eye. Plus, I find organizing by color makes it easier for me and my kids to put books away once we’ve read them. This organization method works especially well for smaller kids as it encourages independence. Kids tend to be naturally good at sorting by color as it’s an easy system to follow.

    Side note: Another thing I’ve become really good at by organizing this way is memorizing the book and spine color of books. It’s bizarre to think about how many books I have memorized the colors for.

    ORGANIZATION METHOD #2: ORGANIZE BY THEME

    My kids both have their books organized by theme on the bookshelves in their rooms. More specifically, I’ve chosen to surround them with books where they can see themselves being represented within the pages and on the covers.

    As a parent, my goal is to present my children with a full spectrum of Black and Brown characters in a variety of books. I want their experiences of story and representations of the world to include people of color, people they can imagine being like — people like Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Misty Copeland, Michelle Obama, and Michael Jordan — or fictional characters with whom they can identify.

    By placing these types of books in their rooms, I hope it reminds my kids daily that they are loved, seen, powerful and worthy of self-love and respect.

    ORGANIZATION METHOD #3: MONTHLY/WEEKLY RANDOM ROTATION

    For this method I use book bins to help keep books organized. The books that are placed in the bins vary from week to week, month to month or day to day. I generally rotate the kids’ book bins (which are placed in their rooms on the floor) once per week or once per month.

    Sometimes the book bins are filled with seasonal or holiday books, but most often these are the books my kids choose to read at bedtime or during story time throughout the week. Book bins also allow my kids to have more independence and select books to read on their own.

    Book bin courtesy of Fankang
    Book bin courtesy of Hunrung

    ORGANIZATION METHOD #4: ORGANIZE BY ROOM

    I’ll admit, we have books in almost every room in our home. For example, we place cookbooks in the kitchen area, personal growth and business/career related books in the office and holiday books are stored in the basement with holiday decorations.

    BEFORE YOU BEGIN ORGANIZING

    Before you begin putting your books in order, you may want to take an inventory of what’s currently in your collection. Decide which books you want to keep, ones you want to donate and ones you want to give away to others. Once per quarter I purge all of our books and decide which ones we’ll keep, donate or give away. I usually end up finding duplicate copies or books my kids have outgrown. Those books automatically fall into either the donate or give away piles.

    THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

    Looking for an app to help keep your home library even more organized?

    A few weeks ago I started using a FREE app called Libib to catalog and keep track of all the books we own. I love it because it’s very user-friendly and the free version allows you to scan/enter up to 5,000 books, video games, movies and albums. Simply scan your books or other items by barcode or you can input them manually. Check it out!

    OTHER WAYS TO ORGANIZE

    Recently, I asked my audience on Instagram how they organize their books at home. Below find some of their suggestions that may help you too.

    • Organize alphabetically
    • Organize by genre, category, subject or theme
    • Separate paperback books from hard covers
    • Organize by size (tallest to shortest or shortest to tallest)
    • Organize books in a series together
    • Organize by author or illustrator last names
    • Organize by publishing company
    • Organize non-fiction books by the Dewey decimal system and fiction books separated by genre then alphabetically
    • Organize by type (chapter books, picture books, early readers, board books, holiday books, adult books)
    • Organize classic books in one area and Newberry/award winning books in another area
    • Random piles throughout the house – a free for all!
    • No organization – just go with the flow

    As you can see, there is no one size fits all when it comes to book organization. Ultimately, you’ll want to do what works best for you and your family. If you’d like to organize or re-organize books in your home, I hope this has given you a few tips to help get you started.

    TIPS TO SCORE FREE OR DISCOUNTED BOOKS TO BUILD YOUR HOME LIBRARY

    You may also want to check out my blog post (linked here) which provides you with resources to find free or discounted books for your home library. One of my favorite sources is Bookshop.org.

    Your turn: Sound off in the comments and let me know how you organize your books at home.

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    Introducing Bookshop: The Indie Amazon for Book Lovers

    Introducing Bookshop: The Indie Amazon for Book Lovers

    Attention book lovers! There’s a new online bookstore in town and its name is Bookshop, also known as the Indie Amazon. Have you heard of them yet?

    Launched in January 2020 by Andy Hunter, Bookshop.org is an online e-commerce bookstore and affiliate network that helps benefit independent book stores. Their ultimate goal? Take book business back from online retail giant Amazon.

    When I found out about Bookshop, I was super excited and began setting up my online book store immediately. Bookshop’s affiliate program is available to magazines, book stores and book bloggers, offering a 10 percent commission. This is a HIGHER affiliate commission rate than what Amazon currently offers so for me it was a no brainer to sign up as an affiliate. Plus, I get to support indie book stores and my local community. Win-win!

    I love having Bookshop as an alternative resource for purchasing books AND giving my audience another choice besides always referring them to Amazon. Plus, the website interface is beautiful, organized and well thought out. I can’t wait to finish creating all of my diverse and inclusive book lists in my new Bookshop store!

    Here’s how it works:

    Instead of ordering books from Amazon, head out Bookshop.org. It’s an easy way to support your local independent bookshop or just indies in general. When you’re shopping on the site, you can either find your favorite bookshop or you can shop without specifying a particular store and the profit will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores – even ones that don’t use bookshop.org! How awesome is that? Bookshop affiliates set up their online book store the same way they would on Amazon.

    Let’s face it, Amazon doesn’t need any more money. Am I right? I’m more than happy to make the change and start forming a new habit when it comes to purchasing books and making book recommendations. I’ll still keep my Amazon store updated with new books too, but I feel really good about giving my audience another choice when it comes to buying books. Bookshop.org has books for children, teens, and adults.

    Your turn: Are you planning to set up an affiliate account with Bookshop? Will you start using Bookshop to purchase books instead of using Amazon? Feel free to share in the comments.

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    FREE Bookish Printables, Crafts and Coloring Sheets with Diverse Characters

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, very few of us were prepared for the challenge of keeping our kids busy and entertained while working from home. It definitely hasn’t hasn’t been easy in our household. Some days have been incredibly stressful and logistically challenging, but overall we’re coping and have adjusted to our new temporary routine and schedule.

    Thankfully, several authors have created free resources to help us go through this unanticipated staycation. Our state recently announced schools will be closed for the rest of the school year, so we’ll be using lots of different resources like the ones mentioned below in the weeks and months ahead.

    Below you’ll find a list of FREE printables, coloring sheets and activity sheets that feature diverse characters. I hope you find them to be helpful to you and your family.

    Collage Fun at Home with Author/Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    Watch this fascinating video and have kids make their own collages! Vanessa Brantley – Newton Shares a collage project that adults and children can do together to pass the time. All you need is some scrap papers, crayons or magic markers or temper paint, scissors and glue.

    Tiara’s Hat Parade
    Author Kelly Starling Lyons has a variety of different printable resources for her latest book Tiara’s Hat Parade. There are coloring pages, a template for a paper doll and more!

    Vashti Harrison
    Author/illustrator Vashti Harrison invites little readers to create their own Little Leaders, match up Little Dreamers with this activity sheet, and make Little Legends paper dolls with her free printables. There is also a word search activity.

    Sharee Miller
    Author/illustrator Sharee Miller is offering the most adorable printables and activity sheets…all for FREE!

    Princess Hair – This Princess has lost her hair. Help draw her hair under her crown and color her in!
    Draw Your Own Princess – Stretch those creative muscles and draw your own princess (or prince).
    5 Things I Love About My Hair – List 5 things you love about your hair.
    Coloring Pages – A bundle of coloring pages featuring Black characters.

    Janae Marks
    In the mood for baking? Debut author Janae Marks who wrote From the Desk of Zoe Washington has a recipe for Froot Loop Cereal Cupcakes on her website. Download it here. She also has a music playlist which features all of the songs that appeared in the book.

    Photo courtesy of Janae Marks website

    Every Child a Reader
    As an annual tradition of Children’s Book Week, esteemed children’s book illustrators are chosen to create bookmarks which celebrate children’s books and reading. This year, in keeping with the theme of Read. Dream. Share., seven artists have contributed their beautiful and inspiring artwork. These bookmarks are available to print and distribute to children, teens, and book lovers everywhere!

    Download bookmarks and activities here from authors John Parra, Duncan Tonatiuh, Vanessa Brantley-Newton and more!

    Illustration courtesy of John Parra from the Every Child a Reader website

    Your turn: What diverse and inclusive bookish resources have you used with your little readers or students. Should I add any additional resources to this list? Feel free to share in the comments so we can all learn.

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    I’ll Always Love My Mama: 25+ Picture Books to Celebrate Mom or Grandma on Mother’s Day (Or Any Day)


    Mother’s Day.  It’s the one day of the year when many people pay tribute to that one person who gave you life – your mother.  And while every day can be considered to be Mother’s Day, I love the idea of having one holiday set aside to honor moms.  Amidst the demanding schedule of modern day life, Mother’s Day is the most opportune moment to tell your mom what she means to you.

    Mothers are often the foundation of the family, a source of sustenance and support. They are our caretakers, teachers, drill sergeants, cheerleaders and best friends. They anchor us and inspire us to reach for the stars.

    They take time off from work when we are born and have sleepless nights because we cry all night. They put food on the table, clothe us, and put a roof over our heads. When we get sick, the first thing we do is ask for our mothers. When we need advice, she will be there to give it and when we need to vent, she is there to listen. Our mothers are our best friends, even if the relationship between mother and child isn’t all that great.  As a mother, it is their job to protect us; just like it is the job of a lioness to protect her cubs. They hold our hands when we cross the road, but eventually have to let us spread our wings and fly.

    Below I’ve gathered a list of picture books that embrace different kinds of moms and showcase the precious love between a mother (or grandmother) and child.  Check these out to read with your little readers this Mother’s Day and beyond.

    In My Heart by Mackenzie Porter, illustrated by Jenny Løvlie
    This is what a mother tells her child as she leaves for work each day. This lovely board book perfectly captures the sentiment that many women feel about being a working mom. The lyrical text takes us through a mother’s day away, showing us that although she’s working hard, her child is always on her mind and always in her heart.

    Me and Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera
    Mama’s love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. In the tradition of Someday, this celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones!

    On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is.

    Grandmother School by Rina Singh, illustrated by Ellen Rooney
    Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education―when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her.

    Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala by Meenal Patel

    Priya lives in the United Stated and her family is from India. She learns about India through her Babi Ba’s (grandma’s) descriptions of it and in the way that their Indian culture is woven through their lives every day. Priya is the hero in this book – her curiosity about her family’s heritage and the kindness and love that she shows to her Ba help to carry her family’s traditions forward. It’s a story about having pride for all of the pieces that come together to make you who you are and feeling the magic of a place without having been there. Ages 4-8.

    My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Shannon Wright

    A beautiful book that showcases the unconditional love between a mother and daughter.  There’s just something about the instinctive nurturing of some mothers that seems to make everything feel better, right?

    What is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack

    A touching, powerful tale of compassion between a mother and her son.  This book reminds us all that what is given from the heart, reaches the heart.

    Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

    This lovingly-illustrated picture book memoir looks at the myriad gifts migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own strengths wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.

    Hair for Mama by Kelly Tinkham

    It’s family picture time for the Carters, but Mama does not want to be in the photo this year. All of her beautiful hair is gone because of chemotherapy treatments for her cancer, and she doesn’t want to be remembered without hair. Eight-year-old Marcus knows that the picture won’t be the same without Mama, so he comes up with a plan to find her some hair and make her better.

    In My Anaana’s Amautik by by Nadia Sammurtok, illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko

    Nadia Sammurtok lovingly invites the reader into the amautik―the pouch in the back of a mother’s parka used to carry a child―to experience everything through the eyes of the baby nestled inside, from the cloudlike softness of the pouch to the glistening sound of Anaana’s laughter.

    Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin

    In this pregnancy book unlike any other one out there, watch what’s actually happening through meticulously detailed, actual size illustrations, perfectly paired with a lyrical yet informative text, and culminating in a warm, joyful birth scene.

    Saturday by Oge Mora

    Little Ava loves Saturdays because it’s the one day of the week when her mother doesn’t have to work. This Saturday is an extra special one because Ava and her mother are going to a one-night only puppet show. But first, they have plans to attend story time at the library, get their hair done at a salon and have a picnic in the park.

    Their special day doesn’t turn out as well as they hoped it would at all, but does it end well? You’ll have to read it to find out.

    When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Dennihan, illustrated by Lorraine Rocha

    “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised (and disappointed) to receive a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday. After all, she DID ask for a new gadget! But when she follows the narrator’s careful—and funny—instructions, she discovers that the tree might be exactly what she wanted after all. This clever story, complete with a recipe for lemonade, celebrates the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community . . . and putting down the electronic devices just for a while.

    Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin


    An easy to understand depiction of a diverse group of moms serving in the military.  I like that it shows the women being strong leaders and that this book opens up discussions based on gender/sex roles.  Women are shown fixing military tanks, flying fighter jets, nursing soldiers back to good health and more!

    My Mommy is a Hero by Hannah Tolson

    Each and every day, mothers sacrifice for their children and their family.  But what is especially unique to military mothers is that they sacrifice day in and day out for their country too.

    Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow

    Just Like a Mama Alice Faye Duncan

    Carol Olivia Clementine lives with Mama Rose. Mama Rose is everything—tender and sweet. She is also as stern and demanding as any good parent should be. In the midst of their happy home, Carol misses her mother and father. She longs to be with them. But until that time comes around, she learns to surrender to the love that is present. Mama Rose becomes her “home.” And Carol Olivia Clementine concludes that she loves Miss Rose, “just like a mama.”

    Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow


    Today there are very few good children’s books that have Muslim or Islamic themes.  There are even fewer books that focus on the African-American Muslim experience like Mommy’s Khimar.  I love this adorable story about a little Muslim American girl who likes to play dress up with her mother’s khimar (hijab).  It’s a lively and upbeat story with engaging words and vibrant illustrations that oozes with love!

    Mama’s Belly by Kate Hosford

    A charming and touching story about a curious little girl and her family awaiting the arrival of her baby sister.  The family wonders how life will be different once the new baby arrives.  Would make a great baby shower gift for expectant mothers.

    Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies

    An illiterate, hard working Vietnamese mother persuades her young daughter to go to school. The girl is torn between her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go, that there is more to life than the labor in the coffee trees.  A wonderful display of affection and the power of education and literacy.

    Who Will You Be? by Andrea Pippins

    For fans of I Am Enough, The Day You Begin, and The Wonderful Things You Will Be, here is a poignant picture book about how family and community help shape the wonderful people our children become.

    Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Mitali Perkins (Author), Sara Palacios (Illustrator)

    It’s almost time for Christmas, and Maria is traveling with her mother and younger brother, Juan, to visit their grandmother on the border of California and Mexico. For the few minutes they can share together along the fence, Maria and her brother plan to exchange stories and Christmas gifts with the grandmother they haven’t seen in years. But when Juan’s gift is too big to fit through the slats in the fence, Maria has a brilliant idea. Here is a heartwarming tale of families and the miracle of love.

    The Best Mother by C. M. Surrisi

    A little girl named Maxine goes in search of trying to find the “best mother” – a mom better than her own.  She’s tired of her mom telling her to do things like brush her teeth or comb her hair.  Maxine “interviews” several other moms at various locations, but in the end she realizes her mom is in fact the best mother of all.

    A Night Out With Mama by Quvenzhané Wallis
    A very talented little girl has the pleasure of going with her Mama to her very first fancy awards show. She’ll get to wear her blue shoes along with her matching dress and headband, ride in a limousine and of course, eat lots of ice cream.  There are themes of: family, confidence, overcoming fears, love, mother-daughter bonding, glitz and glamour.  An absolutely adorable book with gorgeous illustrations for mothers and daughters to enjoy reading together!

    How Mamas Love Their Babies by Juniper Fitzgerald
    How Mamas Love Their Babies is written by a mother who is a former stripper who did what she had to in order to make ends meet for her baby.  The book illustrates the myriad ways that mothers provide for their children―piloting airplanes, washing floors, or dancing at a strip club.  It provides an expanded notion of working mothers and challenges the idea that only some jobs result in good parenting. We’re reminded that, while every mama’s work looks different, every mama works to make their baby’s world better.

    Jonathan and His Mommy by Irene Smalls
    I absolutely love this sweet story about a little boy named Jonathan and his mom spending the day together exploring their neighborhood!

    Mama’s Saris by Pooja Makhijani

    A young Indian girl is about to celebrate her seventh birthday so her mother lets her choose which sari she wants to to wear.  This book is so cute for girls who love playing dress up with their mother’s clothes.  The author’s note at the beginning of the book provides lots of good information related to saris that readers who ware unfamiliar with the culture may find useful.  There is also a helpful glossary of terms that defines some of the Indian words used throughout.  I love the bond that the mother and daughter share.

    Hush: A Thai Lullaby by Mingfrong Ho

    A beautiful rhyming tale set in Thailand that features a mother trying to keep all of the animals in the forest quiet so they won’t wake her sleeping baby.

    Tiara’s Hat Parade by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

    This is a heartwarming mother/daughter story about family, community, hardship, and following your dreams. It also pays tribute to the inspiring African American tradition of hat making. The back matter contains an author’s note and additional information about three famous Black milliners: Vanilla Beane, Mae Reeves and Mildred Blount

    Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby by Patricia MacLachlan

    This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a family that lives near a lake in Tanzania.  Lala Salama means “good night” in Swahili.  A soothing bedtime story for little ones.

    Lullaby (For a Black Mother) by Langston Hughes

    With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby.

    Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd, illustrated by Nneka Myers

    Every night when the sun goes down, this whole bonnet wearing family’s hair goes up. There are durags, wraps, wave caps, and more.

    In this first-ever picture book celebrating Black culture and bedtime hair traditions, a little girl can’t find her bedtime bonnet. She needs it to protect her hair from tangles while she sleeps, but where can it be? Each family member gets involved helping the girl until she finally finds it.

    Cora Cooks Pancit by Lazo Gilmore

    Cora finally gets her chance to assist her mom in the kitchen. They’re making pancit (pan-SEET), a popular Filipino noodle dish. When dinner is finally served, Cora anxiously awaits to see what everyone in her family thinks of her cooking. A recipe for pancit is included in the back of the book.

    Cancer Hates Kisses by Jessica Reid Sliwerski

    Chances are you know at least one person who has been affected by cancer. Maybe that one person is you.  This upbeat picture book is fantastic for helping children understand and cope with all the ups and downs that come with a parent who has cancer. I love how they refer to their mom as a cancer-fighting superhero! All of the different stages of cancer are mentioned: diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Extra points for having a portion of all proceeds of this book being donated to the American Cancer Society. All the hearts for this gem!

    Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    What’s inside Grandma Mimi’s purse?  Pure Magic!  This is such an adorable book perfect for reading with Grandma on Mother’s Day, Grandparent’s Day or anytime of the year.  You’ll never know what treasures you’ll find hiding inside of grandma’s purse.

    Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina

    Little Mia finds out that her grandmother is moving out of her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to come and live in the city with her and her parents. Mia isn’t too thrilled about this because her grandmother only speaks Spanish. This is a delightful story about love, learning, friendship, patience, and learning a new language.  Fun for reading with grandma on Mother’s Day, Grandparents Day or any time of the year.

    The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

    This is one of my favorite picture books starring a strong mom, Mrs. Peters.  I love her story and the resolution– and I adore Marla Frazee’s illustrations!  Oh, and seriously, that is a lot of quality rhyming!

    Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman

    Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.  Shares the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.

    My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten, illustrated by Izak Zenou

    Families with same-sex parents are celebrated in this board book that follows busy moms and their kids throughout their day—eating breakfast, going on a playdate, heading to the pool for a swim, and settling back in at night with a bedtime story and a good-night lullaby. LGBTQ+ parents and their friends and families will welcome this inclusive and cheerful book that reflects their own lives and family makeup.

    Floating On Mama’s Song / Flotando en la cancion de mama by Laura Lacamara and Yuyi Morales
    Anita’s mama loves to sing. She sings such beautiful, happy songs that something magical happens: Everyone who hears her music floats high above the ground. But then Mama stops singing. Can Anita find a way to bring back happy times and magical moments for her family?

    Up: How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones by Susan Hughes

    Around the world, little ones are carried in many different ways: in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms. Up! depicts ten places around the world, from Afghanistan to northern Canada, Peru to West Africa. In each place, a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling lovingly carries a baby.

    Catch a Kiss by Deborah Diesen

    Little Izzie tells her mom to blow her a kiss, then another, and yet another. But when Izzie goes to “catch” the third kiss she misses and her kiss flies away never to be found again or will it?  I like how comforting, loving, playful and reassuring the mother is in this book. I think it beautifully showcases the sweet bond between a mother and daughter.  Izzie’s mother also tells little readers the secret of kisses: “No matter how far they have to go, no matter what they have to get through, and even if they get lost along the way, Mama-kisses ALWAYS come find you.”

    Hats Off To You by Karen Beaumont

    An adorable story with a nice tribute to mothers at the end. Perfect for little fashionistas who like to play dress up or a mother daughter book club with little girls ages 4-8.

    Welcome Song for Baby by Richard Van Camp

    From renowned First Nations storyteller Richard Van Camp comes a lyrical lullaby for newborns.

    Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

    This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic.

    My Mama is a Mechanic by Doug Cenko

    Snuggle with Mom for this sweet book about a mother as seen through her son’s eyes. To him, she is a surgeon when she repairs his favorite stuffed animal, a chemist when in the kitchen, and an architect when they play with toy blocks. But no matter what happens, she is always his mama, and that’s the most important thing of all!

    Babymoon by Hayley Barrett, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

    In this rhyming book, readers meet a sweet family (a biracial family of color) who decide to go on a secluded babymoon with their newborn baby.

    A Ride on Mother’s Back: A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World by Emery Bernhard

    Through a steamy rain forest in Brazil, along a river in Papua New Guinea, across a frozen inlet in the arctic, this book takes young children on a far-reaching journey to discover how babies worldwide are carried and what they see from their unique vantage points.

    When I Carried You in My Belly by Thrity Umrigar

    A super sweet and beautiful book about a mother sharing details about how she prepared for motherhood prior to her daughter being born.  I love how different members of the family are represented showing them all having a part in the arrival of the sweet baby girl.

    Read for Me, Mama by Vashanti Rahaman, illustrated by Lori McElrath-Eslick

    Thursday is library day, Joseph’s favorite day at school. Joseph loves books, and Thursday the librarian lets him take two books home: an easy book that he can read by himself and a harder book that someone can read for him. Joseph would love nothing more than to have Mama read for him. But it seems that Mama is always too busy. Then after supper one Saturday night, Joseph takes his book to the rocking chair where Mama is sitting and asks her to read for him. Mama begins to cry. The Truth is that Mama doesn’t know how to read.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there who celebrate!

    Your turn:  What are some of your favorite children’s books starring moms and grandmothers?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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