The month of May brings mayflowers, the Indianapolis 500 and, of course, Mother’s Day. In addition to brunch, flowers and (hopefully) some spa time, squeeze in some bonding time with the reason(s) you’re celebrating Mother’s Day by reading together. This month, the book roundup includes picture books especially for mothers and their children.
The Runaway Bunny
Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Clement Hurd
Publisher: Harper Collins (January 18, 2005)
Ages 2 and up
From the author of Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942, is a classic tale of the unwavering nature of a mother’s love. The story begins when a young bunny decides to run away, spurring an imaginary game of chase. Bunny comes up with new ways to run away while his mother steadfastly thinks of ways to find him. Brilliant and beautiful illustrations on full-page spreads accompany each imaginary scenario.
The Kiss Box
Author: Bonnie Verburg
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Publisher: Orchard Books (December 1, 2011)
Ages 3 and up
Mama Bear needs to go away, but Little Bear doesn’t want to say goodbye. Mama promises to leave him one hundred kisses for company and thinks of a variety of containers to hold those kisses. But Little Bear isn’t satisfied until he creates the perfect way to store Mama’s kisses and send his kisses along with her.
Love You When You Whine
Author: Emily Jenkins
Illustrator: Sergio Ruzzier
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (September 5, 2006)
Ages 3 and up
A mother declares her love for her daughter after each in a series of misbehaviors. The story wraps with the mother’s reassurances at bedtime. This humorous look at a child’s mischievous antics offers an opportunity to discuss both unconditional love and behaviors that should not be repeated.
I Love You Stinky Face
Author: Lisa McCourt
Illustrator: Cyd Moore
Publisher: Cartwheel (March 2004)
Ages 4 and up
As a mother puts her child to bed, her imaginative child poses a series of hypothetical “Will you still love me…” situations. He imagines becoming creatures such as a big, scary ape, a smelly swamp creature and a one-eyed Cyclops; each is increasingly outrageous. Of course, Mama loves each and every creature he imagines becoming with acceptance and tenderness.
M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual)
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Laura Cornell
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 4, 2011)
Moms and kids will get a kick out of this spoof of an operating manual about moms. Topics include a historical overview, daily care and maintenance, grooming, outdoor use, troubleshooting and reset. Moms and kids alike will recognize themselves and the situations they’ve been in and laugh at the unexpected instructions.
Margaret Greanias (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an aspiring children’s picture book author. She has two young children and lives in Los Altos.
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