Saturday, May 11, 2013

Celebrate Moms

Here are some wonderful children's books that celebrate moms of all kinds from all over the world.  Don't wait for Mother's Day to enjoy, however.  These stories, like the moms they celebrate, are good every day of the year.

Love to Mama: a tribute to mothers, edited by Pat Mora, presents loving, funny, and colorful reminiscences of mothers and grandmothers by 13 Latina poets, some known, some new. Bright, exuberent illustrations by Ecuadoran artist Paula Barragan, adorn each story.

My Mother's Sari by Sandhya Rao is simple enough for a toddler and rich enough for older children.  Written from the point of view of a little boy or girl, each page gives a special reason why the child loves his mother's sari, and how it represents her love.  Illustrations inside the book's front and back cover show how a woman wraps a sari, clearing up a fundamental question for the curious.

Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth by Kate Klise is one of the funniest books about mothers I've ever read.  Little Rabbit's calm, loving mother has a surprise in store for her little bunny who would rather join the circus than clean his room. 
Some of my favorite books featuring adoptive mothers include:  A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza, Our Twitchy by Kes Gray and Mary McQuillan, and Guji, Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen. 

And for grandmothers, give these a try: Sleepover at Gramma's House by Barbara Joose, Grandma Francisca Remembers by Ann Morris, and Piglet and Granny by Margaret Wild.  All of these titles are avilable from the Pima County Public Library, but don't be surprised to learn that the story your child loves the most is the one you tell from your heart.    Enjoy! - Miss Meg

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