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Mama-Llama Day 2018

We’d been wondering why a four-year-old Lolly’s Classroom blog post was generating so many new comments. Then we realized that Netflix had just released a new animated series based on the Llama Llama books by the late Anna Dewdney (you can read her heartfelt and very Family Reading-appropriate keynote speech from The Horn Book’s Fostering […]

Thanks, moms!

Happy Mother’s Day to those celebrating, especially our own mothers and our mom friends! Here are a few recommended books, articles, and blog posts featuring moms and Mother’s Day; find plenty more about mothers (and dads, and grandparents, and other kinds of loving caregivers) over at Family Reading. This week’s mom-themed Reviews of the Week: […]

Review of Poems in the Attic

Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Primary, Intermediate    Lee & Low    48 pp. 5/15    978-1-62014-027-7    $19.95    g On a visit to her grandmother’s house, a little girl finds her mother’s stash of childhood poems in the attic. The poems written by the mom in this story are tanka poems, an […]

Review of Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism

Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats University Press of Mississippi    270 pp. 5/16    978-1-4968-0699-4    $60.00 This illuminating and timely collection, which originated with co-editor Fraustino’s Hollins University course of the same name, examines the changing — and […]

Review of This Would Make a Good Story Someday

This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy Intermediate, Middle School    Delacorte    308 pp.    g 5/17    978-1-101-93817-1    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-101-93818-8    $19.99 e-book ed  978-1-101-93819-5    $10.99 Twelve-year-old aspiring writer Sara is less than thrilled when Mimi, one of her two mothers, wins a writing fellowship […]

Review of Bob, Not Bob!

Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; illus. by Matthew Cordell Preschool, Primary    Disney-Hyperion    40 pp. 2/17    978-1-4847-2302-9    $17.99 Little Louie has a big head cold. “All he wanted (besides maybe some hot chocolate) was his mother.” But with his stuffy nose, his calls for “MOM!” sound like […]

On Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s “The Adventures of Mommy Buzzkill” (from 2009)

In her 2009 Horn Book Magazine article “The Adventures of Mommy Buzzkill,” Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen, Princess Ben, Heaven Is Paved with Oreos, and other YA books featuring complex and feisty teen girls who frequently subvert gender assumptions, wrote tongue-in-cheekily about the prevalence of dead, missing, or otherwise absentee mothers in children’s […]

Mother: Treat Her Right 2016

What’s better than hearing Mr. T extol the virtues of mothers? (that would be: nothing) You know who else loved their mothers? Abraham Lincoln (“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”) and John Quincy Adams (“All that I am, my mother made me”), among others, whose pithy remarks […]

Words for Flora’s Mother (and Other Imperfect Parents)

Often, when I mention that I have five children, people ask, “How do you do it all?” I sometimes quote a response I’ve heard from Donna Jo Napoli, fellow writer, professor, and mother of five: “How do I do it all? Badly. You could eat off my kitchen floor…for weeks.” How I do it all […]

YA mother-daughter reading recommendations

Last summer, website mom.me asked us to contribute to their feature “Books to Read With Your Teen Daughter.” Here are our recommendations from that article — plus a few new ones! — to get you ready for Mother’s Day. What YA book would you recommend for a mother-daughter read? Cindy: Cinder (Feiwel, 2012), the first […]