Saturday, May 8, 2010

Picture Book Saturday: Just for Moms!

With Mother's Day being tomorrow and all (yay for all you mamas out there!), I wanted to showcase a couple of cute books that have feature moms. Enjoy!

Just Like Mama by Leslea Newman and illustrator Julia Gorton

Covering the fairly simple concept of a child's love for all her mother does for her, this title would be a nice choice for your younger children. It features a lot of repetition and a bit of rhyming, all focusing on the fun things a mama does for her girl, like making apple pancakes and hot cocoa, braiding her hair, and playing dress-up.

The illustrations are bold and unique, making each page really interesting to look at. And (for once) I loved the choice of font for the text. Typically I don't like flowy, cursive-like fonts, but this one really fits with the quirky illustrations.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

Just Like Mama
Leslea Newman
32 pages
Picture Book
Abrams Books
April 2010
Review copy received from publisher

A Boy Had a Mother Who Bought Him a Hat by Karla Kuskin and illustrator Kevin Hawkes

First of all, Kevin Hawkes. Love him! His illustrations are always awesome and this book is no exception. So really, we could just stop there.

But...the story is super cute in this one as well. Apparently it was first published in 1976, but I'm so glad they've reissued it with Hawkes illustrations, it's just so fun! A boy with a mother that buys him everything, including a hat, an elephant, and a cello, and as the items start to build up the boy continues to carry everything with him.

With rhymes and story-flow similar to The Napping House, this one is a fantastic read aloud! Your storytime kids will be cracking up as the mom keeps lovingly buying her son all of this stuff and he lovingly carries it all around. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

A Boy Had a Mother Who Bought Him a Hat
Karla Kuskin
32 pages
Picture Book
March 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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1 comment:

PragmaticMom said...

Thank you for this post. I love picture books also (for all ages) and I blog on children's lit at

I wanted to share my Favorite Picture Books You've Never Heard of list with you.

Pragmatic Mom
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