Happy Book Birthday: LOVE, MAMA Plus Giveaway




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 Written and illustrated by Jeanette Bradley

Published by Roaring Brook Press (January 2018)

Ages: 2-6

Themes: Parent/child relationship

Synopsis: From Amazon:

With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley’s debut picture book Love, Mama is perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother’s love.

When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she’ll return home soon―yet he still can’t help but miss her. After all, Pillow Mama won’t read, Picture Mama won’t laugh, and Snow Mama is too cold to cuddle.

But then Kipling receives a special delivery from Mama, including a note that reads:

My love for you stretches across the wide ocean, 
through day and night, 
from earth to sky 
and back again.

And Kipling knows that no matter where Mama is, he is loved. Soon, Mama comes home, and Kipling ends the day where he belongs―right in her arms.

Why I like this book:

  • Heartwarming text…sparse yet beautiful lyrical language

  • Super illustrations engage the reader from the first page turn to the last

  • I love books that give children confidence in the love of their parents…and the realization that even if parents leave (for a day of work or for the night when they go to sleep) they will be back!

  • The perfect book for Valentine’s Day and a new favorite of mine for bedtime storytime.



Jeanette was kind enough to share a super fun activity with us!

You can print out the template here: 

heart template copy

What you need:


Small cardboard box

Paper for cutting out hearts (see templates)

Used postage stamps cut off envelopes

Glue stick

Stamps and stamp pad for “cancelling” the stamps

“Treasures” to put in the box, like rocks, feathers, pom poms, buttons, beads, or other found objects


Cut stamps off envelopes, or use Easter Seals:
Print out the heart template on pink paper, if you have it:
Cut out hearts:
Glue old postage stamps onto box using glue stick.  Then “cancel” the stamps with whatever rubber stamps you have on hand
Write a love note to someone you love:
Fill your box with treasures, add your heart, and give it to someone special!

I hope all of you will join me in celebrating the debut picture book authors and illustrators of the wonderful stories that will be coming this year. I’ll be shining the spotlight on them for book birthdays and for Perfect Picture Book Fridays.

But as parents or teachers or just picture book lovers, do you ever wonder how you can help your favorite authors?

1. One of the best ways is to post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and other book review sites. 

2. Ask your local library to order the book…many libraries honor patron requests and some even have online request forms.

3. Buy a copy of the book.

4. And most importantly…TALK ABOUT THE BOOK…to friends, family, and anyone who will listen!

Please leave a comment below to be entered in a drawing for the copy of LOVE, MAMA that author/illustrator Jeanette is graciously giving away.

To learn more about Jeanette and her work and to download an educational guide for the book: http://www.jeanettebradley.com/

And just a few more important notes:

1. I’m participating in Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas...an inspiring challenge to help kick off your writing year by looking back on 2017 and looking ahead to what you hope to accomplish in 2018.

2. Tara Lazar’s StoryStorm started yesterday…and I’ll be joining in as a participant as well one of the guest bloggers…I’m up on January 25th…I hope you’ll register and stop by as many days as you can on Tara’s blog…there are prizes and inspiring posts. In fact, two of my book deals this year were PiBoIdMo/Storystorm ideas from years past and in my post, I’ll be talking about how to take an idea to a published book.

3. I just received the color layouts for Sweet Dreams, Sarah…although there are still some tweaks needed…I’ve got my eyes on the October 2018 launch date, but am open to the possibility the book might not pub until Jan/Feb 2019. In which case I might just have FOUR books launching in ONE year. I will definitely need your help!

I’m looking forward to a stellar year with all of you!

Thank you for joining me on this grand adventure!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on January 2, 2018, in Book Birthday, book giveaway, Picture Book Review, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. This book deserves a big “awwww.” Thanks for posting about it, Vivian, and congratulations on all of your upcoming books!


  2. What a sweet looking book! 🙂


  3. Yay! I got a sneak peak…. and this gentle book is a winner!


  4. Love, Mama sounds like a beautiful book. I am looking forward to reading it. Sweet Dreams,Sarah is something I can’t wait for either. Congratulations! xo


  5. Adorable! I look forward to reading this one.


  6. This book looks like a sweet one. I love the message and the illustrations are so cute.


  7. Beautiful book, I love it! I am so happy for all your success Vivian, you are such an inspiration!


  8. This looks absolutely adorable. Going on my 2018 “to read” list! Thanks!


  9. Congratulations. Jeanette, on your debut! I can’t wait to read it.


  10. I’d love to enter. The book looks amazing. Thank you for the list of ideas for how to help get the word out about picture books. I never thought of leaving Amazon reviews for them but of course I read those all the time before purchasing!


  11. Such a sweet book. All the best to Jeanette and her debut book.

    Happy New Year to all.
    Suzy Leopold


  12. This book looks adorable.


  13. Congratulations! The book looks very charming!


  14. Sounds – and looks – adorable! Congrats, Jeanette!


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