AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR JEANETTE BRADLEY!
Written and illustrated by Jeanette Bradley
Published by Roaring Brook Press (January 2018)
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:
What you need:
Small cardboard box
Paper for cutting out hearts (see templates)
Used postage stamps cut off envelopes
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
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!
Who doesn’t LOVE birthdays?
Especially BOOK BIRTHDAYS!
And when you add an energentic doggie, you know it’s going to be a lot of fun!
This month, I was thrilled to feature HELLO GOODBYE DOG on Perfect Picture Book Friday.
And then we all enjoyed chatting with author Maria Gianferrari on Will Write for Cookies.
But today, I’ve got something else REALLY special. for you! A Q&A with…
MOOSE, the dog in Hello Goodbye Dog!
ME: Down boy! There’s a good little dog. Moose is an interesting name for a dog. How did your owner come up with that name? Do you like it?
I love my name, since Zara gave it to me. I think it’s because I’m a big dog.
ME:You sit very quietly when people read to you. What is your favorite thing about being a reading therapy dog?
I love to listen. The stream of words relax me, like a lullaby. And I love to be with people, especially kids.
ME: What are your favorite stories?
My new favorite picture book is Dogosaurus Rex, by Anna Staniszewski.
I also love It’s Only Stanley, by Jon Agee.
Another favorite book has a reading dog like me—Bonnie. That’s Lisa Papp’s Madeline Finn and the Library Dog.
And Zara’s going to read A Dog Like Daisy, by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, to me next!
ME: In the cafeteria, I noticed you were looking at Zara’s cookie. What are your favorite snacks?
I love dog biscuits hidden in my KONG toy and plain yogurt. Zara lets me lick the yogurt containers.
ME: I can see it must be time for your snack, Moose. I’ll let you go. But thank you so much for stopping by to visit. You are welcome back anytime!
And for my dear readers, the lovely Maria Gianferrari is giving away ANOTHER copy of HELLO GOODBYE DOG. Please leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. And if you haven’t left a review on Amazon or Goodreads, please do. Reviews are the best way we can say thank you to incredible autors who write wonderful books for children.”
Plus, don’t forget we are stop #7 on the HELLO GOODBYE DOG book blog tour…hop over and visit some of the other posts when you can.
HELLO GOODBYE DOG BLOG TOUR!
GIVEAWAYS EVERY DAY!!
*Monday, July 24th: Pragmatic Mom + THREE book giveaway!
*Two for Tuesday, July 25th: Librarian’s Quest
*Wednesday, July 26th: Homemade City
*Thursday, July 27th: Kid Lit Frenzy
*Friday, July 28th: Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook
*Monday, July 31st: Picture Books Help Kids Soar
*Tuesday, August 1st: Bildebok
*Wednesday, August 2nd: The Loud Library Lady
*Thursday, August 3rd: DEBtastic Reads!
*Friday, August 4th: Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love
*Monday, August 7th: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
EXTRA: August 25th: Kidlit411—Interview with Patrice Barton
Please come back TOMORROW, for ANOTHER SPECIAL BOOK BIRTHDAY POST for…
APPLESAUCE DAY by Lisa Amstutz