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Devon Corneal


May Books for Mother's Day

Posted: 05/ 1/2012 3:46 pm

Mother's Day is coming, so it's time to show our appreciation for those amazing women who hold it all together. With poetry, photographs, creepy monsters, and a weird family next door, this month's recommendations give us a chance to celebrate the women who bring home the bacon, tuck kids into bed, bake cakes and remind us how important it is to always listen to our mothers. Cheers to all of you.

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  • "Bedtime for Mommy" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    <br>Bloomsbury USA | $11.55 | <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></br> <br>I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of time putting kids to bed, and every so often, I wonder would happen if the tables were turned. Apparently, so did Amy Krouse Rosenthal. The illustrations are charming and kids love the idea of being in charge of the nightly ritual. As for moms, well, I wouldn't complain if someone made me a bubble bath at bedtime.</br>

  • "Free to a Good Home" by Colin Thompson

    <br>Random House Australia | $9.99 | <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></br> <br>Every kid needs a grandmother, but Peter and Sally Smith didn't have one. So they found an old lady at the shopping mall and brought her home with them. Which may sound strange, but as Peter tells his father, "You never know when something might come in handy." This is another odd and brilliant book by Colin Thompson, filled with unique and unexpected illustrations. Once their new Granny is well-settled, the Smith family realized "the one thing their lives had lacked all these years was an old lady." I feel the same way about this book.</br>

  • "Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature" by Nicola Davies

    <br>Candlewick Press| $13.59 |</br> <br>It wouldn't do to forget Mother Earth as we celebrate Mother's Day, and I can't think of a more beautiful way to honor her than with this lovely book of poems. Verses range from "Dandelions" and "Five Reasons to Keep Chickens" to "Spiderlings" and "Just Ducks" -- and cover all the glory of the four seasons. My four-year old and I scroll through the pages until he finds a picture he likes and then we read the poem that goes with it. So far, we've loved them all.</br>

  • "In the Sea," by David Elliott

    <br>Candlewick Press | $13.70 | <a href="" target="_hplink">Barnes & Noble</a></br> <br>Moving from poems about the seasons to poems inspired by the ocean, this collection of often funny verses about animals under the sea is short enough to be read at bedtime, but rich enough to inspire all sorts of conversations about the creatures we rarely see. Mother Nature would be proud.</br>

  • "Step Gently Out," by Helen Frost

    <br>Candlewick Press | $10.87 | <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></br> <br>Little kids spend a lot of time looking at bugs. My son is fascinated with butterflies, ants and bees, but they flash by so quickly, I wonder if he really appreciates how amazing they are. "Step Gently Out" gives readers extraordinary close-up photographs of bees, ants, crickets and more, ensuring that we'll never look at these tiny creatures the same way again. With a glossary of pictures and more detailed descriptions at the end, the book also gives parents and kids a chance to learn more about their favorite insects. </br>

  • "When My Baby Dreams," by Adele Enerson

    <br>HarperCollins | $9.14 | <a href="" target="_hplink">Barnes & Noble</a></br> <br>Ever wonder what a baby dreams? This mom did, and took pictures to capture what she imagined those dreams were. The result is part Anne Geddes, part "Where the Wild Things Are," and entirely beautiful.</br>

  • "Always Listen to Your Mother," by Florence Parry

    <br>Hyperion Books for Children | $13.41 | <a href="" target="_hplink">Barnes & Noble</a></br> <br>In honor of Mother Earth, I'm recycling a former recommendation. "Always Listen to Your Mother" has two different mothers, two very different parenting styles, and two little boys who become friends in spite of it. Mush together the Addams Family and "Leave it to Beaver" and you've got this gem of a book that will have moms everywhere smiling.</br>

  • "Mommy?" by Maurice Sendak

    <br>Michael di Capua Books | $16.47 | <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></br> <br>On the surface, yes, I admit this is a Halloween book. But the search for our moms transcends holiday or genre, and I've already read "Are You My Mother?" about a thousand times. I recommend this one despite my general loathing for pop-up books (which always end up torn and tattered) because, well, it's Sendak after all, and I love watching a little boy fearlessly confront monsters in search of someone to love him.</br>

  • "Confessions of a Scary Mommy," by Jill Smokler

    <br>Gallery Books | $10.20 | <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></br> <br>Ok, ok, so it's not at all a children's book, but even moms need something to read. So once you've read the bedtime stories, tucked everyone safely in and found your glass of wine, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. If you need an irreverent, hysterical and oftentimes too-close-for-comfort look at motherhood, you need Scary Mommy. Trust me, you'll thank me in the end.</br>


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