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Gift of Reading: Mother’s Day, 2009

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 3, 2009

With Mother’s Day on the way, I want to share with you some fab books that moms and grandmothers will enjoy reading with their kids and grand-kids. The moments shared with children while cuddling on the couch or snuggled in bed reading are always cherished by mommies. Combine one of these fab books with a trip to the spa and you should have a pretty happy mommy. And we all know a happy mommy equals a happy home! (Honey, you can put my mother’s day book inside a new car, okay? No pressure though!)

My Mom is Trying to Ruin my Life

by Kate Feiffer (Author), Diane Goode (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (March 24, 2009)

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Everyone has only nice things to say about my mom.

Everyone likes her.

She looks nice.

She bakes great cookies and makes me feel better when I have a bad day.

But would a really nice mom do embarrassing things like kiss me in public and tell loud jokes that no one thinks are funny? Well, my mom does those terrible things and worse – that’s why I am sure that I have the most embarrassing mom in the world and that my mom is trying to ruin my life…

Or is she?

Special Note: Check back on Mother’s Day, May 10, for a review of this book — I L.O.V.E. it!

Add this book to your collection: My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life

Things To Do With Mom: Lots of Fun for Everyone

Reading level:
Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 144 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Nonfiction (April 15, 2009)

Publisher’s Synopsis: This guide is full of fun and creative ways to spend time with mom, indoors and out. You’ll learn how to:

  • Treat Mom to a spa day.
  • Make a miniature garden together.
  • Plan a perfect picnic.
  • Create a haunted house… and much more!

Special Note: The reading level for this book is ages 9 – 12, but there are many activities suitable to do with the very young. I plan on making the miniture garden with my 3-year-old.

Add this book to your collection: Things To Do With Mom: Lots of Fun for Everyone


by Alison McGhee (Author), Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Atheneum (February 27, 2007)

Publisher’s Synopsis: A deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life, Someday is the book you’ll want to share with someone else…today. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Graduation Day or Any Day – share a copy with every special person in your life.

Reviewed by TCBR May 10, 2008

Add this book to your collection: Someday

In Grandma’s Arms

by Jayne C. Shelton (Author), Karen Katz (Illustrator)

Reading level:
Ages 4-8

Board book: 24 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (April 1, 2008)

Publisher’s synopsis:
Sitting in the Storybook Chair, in Grandma’s arms, you can go anywhere! From deserts to forests, and up through the sky — come along on one
granddaughter’s adventure, and ride the wave of words as reading takes her and her grandma ’round the world!

Add this book to your collection: In Grandma’s Arms

Some Mother’s Day trivia: According to Suzanne Rust, contributor to Real Simple magazine, 1908 was the year of the first Mother’s Day celebration. It took place in Grafton, West Virginia, thanks to activist Anna Jarvis. It wasn’t until 1914 that this “saintly” day was made official.

To all you moms out there, be sure to put your feet up and drink a glass of bubbles next weekend. What the heck, we should do that everyday — WE DESERVE IT!

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