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Happy Mamas Blog Tour 2016: Featuring Picture Book Author Kathleen Pelley

Blog Tour sponsored by Kathleen Pelley
The Children’s Book Review | October 10, 2016

Mamas and babies everywhere will delight in this happy romp – a perfect ode to Motherhood.


Join us as we go on the Happy Mamas tour with acclaimed picture book author Kathleen Pelley. Plus, be dazzled by the charming illustrations from Ruth E. Harper (illustrator of NY Times best seller, The Kissing Hand).


Happy Mamas Tour Dates

Monday October 10 2016
The Children’s Book Review

Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway

Monday October 10 2016
Word Spelunking

Happy Mamas Book Review

Tuesday October 11 2016
It’s Fundamental

An Article by Kathleen Pelley

Wednesday October 12 2016
Crafty Moms Share

Happy Mamas Book Review

Tuesday October 18 2016
icefairy’s Treasure Chest

Happy Mamas Book Review

Friday October 21 2016
The Children’s Book Review

Happy Mamas Book Review

Monday October 24 2016
Bumbles and Fairy-Tales

An Article by Kathleen Pelley

Friday October 28 2016
Mel’s Shelves

Happy Mamas Book Review

Monday November 7 2016
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Interview with Kathleen Pelley

Tuesday November 8 2016
The Fairview Review

Happy Mamas Book Review

Wednesday November 9 2016
Inspired by Savannah

Interview with Kathleen Pelley

Wednesday November 9 2016
Little Miss History

Interview with Kathleen Pelley

About the Book

happy-mamas-by-kathleen-pelley-copyHappy Mamas

Written by Kathleen Pelley

Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper

Publisher’s Synopsis: Happy Mamas is a lyrical read aloud that pays tribute to the universal joys of mothering in the animal and in the human kingdoms. Charming illustrations depict all the activities that bring joy to a mama and her baby over the course of a day: feeding her little ones bundles of bamboo shoots, teaching her calf how to trumpet loud a jungle cheer, playing peek a boo, watching her little ones fly from the nest, singing a serenade to the man in the moon, or crooning owly lullabies through the deep dark woods. But as the moon glows and the stars shine, what is it that makes all Mamas from desert to jungle, from forest to field, from land to sea happiest by far ?

Mamas and babies everywhere will delight in this happy romp – a perfect ode to Motherhood. Perfect for one on one sharing or for use in the classroom. Ages 3-6 (also available in Spanish)

Ages 3-6 | CWLA Press | October 10, 2016 | 978-1587601606


Available Here In English: 

Available Here In Spanish: 

Download the Free Story Hour Kit: 

This story hour kit is designed to complement a reading of the picture book, Happy Mamas. Use this kit in an early childhood or elementary classroom, library, or bookstore or at a child’s party or play date. Available here.

About Kathleen Pelley


Kathleen Pelley

Kathleen Pelley was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but spent most of her childhood summers playing on her grandparents’ farm in Ireland. Her passion for stories stemmed from listening to them on the radio during the BBC children’s story hour. Later, her gentle Irish father fanned the flame even more by feeding her his tales of fairies, leprechauns, and banshees.

So much did Kathleen love stories, that off she went to Edinburgh University and earned a degree in HiSTORY. She didn’t much care for all the facts and dates and numbers, but how she loved the stories of Rasputin, Napoleon, and Bonnie Prince Charlie! One character in particular captured Kathleen’s imagination—Florence Nightingale. After completing her degree, Kathleen studied to become a children’s nurse, but it was a brief and disastrous dalliance. For much as Kathleen loved children, she did not like to see them sick and suffering. However, decades later, Kathleen now sees herself as a kind of a nurse, because she believes that stories can heal the hurts in our hearts.

As a former elementary teacher, Kathleen enjoys sharing her passion with people of all ages. She has been a regular speaker at Regis University on “Nurturing a Passion for Stories,” makes frequent presentations at schools and conferences, and has been telling stories at an inner city elementary school for the past 20 years. She believes that one of the best ways to teach our children empathy is through stories that help them “walk a mile in another man’s moccasins.” When she’s not reading, writing, telling, or listening to stories, Kathleen enjoys knitting, Scottish music, and hiking with her husband and two Golden Retriever dogs along the trails of sunny Colorado.

Kathleen Pelley is the author of six picture books:

The Giant King (2003), Child Welfare League of America (CD narrated by author – NAPPA storytelling award),

Inventor McGregor (2006), Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Bank Street Best Book and Colorado Book Award Winner),

Magnus Maximus, a Marvelous Measurer (2010), Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Bank Street Best Book, Colorado Book Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award, Anne Izard Storytelling Award),

Raj the Bookstore Tiger (2011), Charlesbridge (Colorado Authors League Award winner, Colorado Book Award finalist, Bank Street Best Book, and Cardoza Award finalist)

The Sandal Artist (2012), Pelican Publishing, 2013 Colorado Book Award finalist, 2013 World Storytelling Honor Award, 2013 Bock Book Award (fostering Franciscan values).

Happy Mamas (2016), CWLA Press, illustrated by Ruth E. Harper (illustrator of NY Times best seller, The Kissing Hand)

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About Ruth E. Harper


Ruth E. Harper

Ruth is a self-taught English artist who fancies herself as a spiffy writer-in-the-making. She is the illustrator of #1 classic The Kissing Hand and Sassafras, and Happy Mamas is her 3rd book for CWLA. Powered by dark chocolate, she heartily knits stories together with letters, pencils and paintbrushes. She is often snatched up by breezes and colors and pint-sized things like rocks, leaves, shells, bugs, feathers, and creatures. You may also find her gardening, hiking, wildly dancing, and riding her bike really fast in an odd looking helmet. She now breathes easy in Iowa with an adorable husband, a dog, two cats, and six marvelous kids between them (with handfuls of grandbabies!). See her art at www.rutheharper.com.


Happy Mamas Blog Tour Giveaway

Enter To Win An Autographed 6 Picture Book Prize Pack From Acclaimed Author Kathleen Pelley. The Prize Pack Includes Finger Puppets, Adorable Stuffed Animals, And Happy Mamas (Illustrated By Ruth E. Harper, Illustrator Of The NY Times Best Seller The Kissing Hand).

Giveaway begins October 10, 2016, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 10, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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Thanks for following along with us on the Happy Mamas blog tour, sponsored by acclaimed picture book author Kathleen Pelley.

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