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This message is for men on Mother's Day, a message in honor of Aimee.
Guys, I'll keep it brief: if you have kids--and I don't care if you are divorced, estranged, never married--find your baby mama and go tell her how amazing she is. Now (as in as soon as you finish reading this post). Find your own mom and tell her how amazing she is, too. See a mom on the street with her kids, wish her a happy Mother's Day and tell her how amazing she is. They're all pretty damn amazing.
The truth? None of us would be here without our mothers. If you're a dad, you wouldn't be a dad without a woman who carried your kid for nine months. Anyone who has witnessed childbirth--the everyday miracle--knows women kick much ass in the toughness department.We say these things often ("you wouldn't be here without your mother"), but we seldom take the time or mental energy to really process what it means.
After you tell her how amazing she is, make sure you take care of her. Not just today, but everyday. Not in some creepy Promise Keepers kind of way, either (that's not my message). Just be good to her. Support her. Burn copies of Time Magazine's Are You Mom Enough? issue on the street just to let people know that yes, your baby mama is more than mom enough.
They all are.
I named him "Old Soul"~Thank you Annie~ This weeks theme for Illustration Friday was just perfect to post the above illo that was given to me by my daughter. Last Sunday was Mother's day, and Annie surprised me with a plain brown paper bag tied with a pretty pink bow. Inside, 4 scented candles, body spray and a perfumed bath fizzy. All very nice gifts. My daughter knows me pretty well afterDisplay Comments Add a Comment
Here’s another fun spread I created is in the May 2012 issue of Highlights’ High Five magazine (story by Marianne Mitchell)! So many other fine authors and illustrators contributed their work to this issue, too. Thanks, Highlights!
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Books... They're thoughtful, relatively inexpensive, and easy to wrap. With Mother's Day fast approaching, I've gotten a few requests for Mother's Day book recommendations. Since then I've been compiling a Mother's Day book list in my head.
It's by no means an exhaustive list, but here are my suggestions. Hopefully, one of two will stand out to you. If not, maybe the list will spark ideas of your own. I've tried to break the books down into categories for easy reference. Feel free to write suggestions on Facebook or in the comments section below.
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize a couple years ago, your mother is sure to thank you for being so thoughtful.
Runner up: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. A South American country, a glamorous group of partiers, a kidnapping. This book made Ann Patchett a household name.
For the romantic reader-
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Yes, it's a science fiction book about time travel. But it's also one of the most romantic books that you (or your mother) will read in a lifetime.
Runner up: One Day by David Nicholls. Like The Time Traveler's Wife, this book was made into a well-publicized movie. Like The Time Traveler's Wife, the book is much better than the film.
If your mother loves a good mystery--
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. A woman with a rare form of amnesia wakes up every morning and can't remember who she is. Her husband tells her the same story every day, retelling the facts surrounding her life. Then one day she wakes up to find a note from herself: It is a warning not to trust her husband.
Runner up: Sister by Rosamund Lupton. An older sister is dead. The police think it's suicide, but her younger sister cannot believe it's true and returns to the scene of the crime to uncover the hidden story.
If your mother is fascinated by the lives of others--
Special Mother's Day Showcase - at a Special Price! The National Writing for Children Center is looking for children's books about mothers (and mothers and their children) for a special Mother's Day Showcase in May.
The center is offering a special price for this Mother's Day Showcase.
The National Writing for Children Center is looking for children's books about mothers (and mothers and their children) for a special Mother's Day Showcase in May.
A special treat! A hidden picture puzzle and coloring page for Mother's Day by Liz Ball. To order books with her hidden picture puzzles or other books (like Topsy Turvy Land) from Hidden Pictures Publishing, click HERE. Enjoy! *Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'saveAdd a Comment
Moms are near and dear to us, here at First Book. Many of us are moms, and all of us have moms, of course, but more than that, when we look at the people who support First Book – through donations, volunteering and helping us spread the word – we see a lot of mothers. We think that’s because, while no one likes to see kids without books to call their own, mothers like it even less than the rest of us.
So to celebrate Mother’s Day, please consider making a donation to First Book in the name of a special mom in your life, and send her this nifty e-card to let her know you were thinking about her. We’ll use your generous donation to continue providing access to new books for children in need.
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The Mommy Book by Todd Parr
Review by Chris Singer
About the author:
About the book:
The Mommy Book celebrates all different kinds of moms and highlights the many reasons they are so special. Whether your mom goes fishing or goes shopping, whether she works at home or in a big building, whether she has short hair or big hair, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of mommy you have, every mother is special in her own unique way.
My take on the book:
On a day set aside for celebrating mothers, can there be a better book to review than Todd Parr’s The Mommy Book?
With its trademark, brightly-colored illustrations and silliness, The Mommy Book is perfect for young readers. Of course “No two mommies are alike” and this story sparks all the different ways each child loves their mommy. As with other Todd Parr books, I love how this one also celebrates multiculturalism, as well as promoting strong family relationships.
Todd Parr’s books are always a huge hit in our home and this fun take on “Mommy” is a great way for kids to celebrate Mother’s Day with their moms.
|Oh, and check out this little piggy my youngest made for me.|