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1. Sunday Sketching - Mother's Day Tribute

Decided to draw my mother in church today (engaging in her favorite activity).

 My mother is darling - elegant, kind of quiet, serene, proper...

That is, unless you get her in from of a camera!

 To be fair, she is posing for photo-reference for me...

 But, I am continually amazed (and rather tickled) at how 'in character' she'll get!

In the contest for "The Best Sport" award, I think my mom wins!

Thanks, and Happy Mother's Day Mom. xxxxx

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2. For Mother's Day

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. 

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3. Illustration Friday~Safari

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 after

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4. New Work! May 2012 High Five: “Love From Lisa”

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!

(c) Highlights For Children

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5. Mother's Day Gifts - sketch for today

Inspired by Peonies my half hour warm up sketch for today.

Perfect Mother's Day Gifts!


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6. Some Book Ideas for Mother’s Day

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.

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    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--

    The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. This book follows the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife while as he was building his career in the ear

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7. Special Mother's Day Showcase at the National Writing for Children Center

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.

Get the details here!

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8. Mother's Day Hidden Picture Puzzle/Coloring Page

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 'save

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9. Happy Mother’s Day! Send Your Mom a Nifty First Book e-Card

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.

Happy Mother's Day from First BookSo 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.


Happy Mothers’ Day, from all your friends at First Book!

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10. Honoring My Mother on Mother's Day

A number of years ago, I read this at my mother's funeral mass. I am sharing it today with you to honor my mother and sister. It was the last gift that I could send upward to Heaven dedicated to her.

Our Mother, a Gift of Words

If my mom were alive today, she would thank you for coming here. So her family thanks you today. Besides prayers, the last gift that I can give our mother is a few kind words. She used to say, “If it makes you happy, do it.” And I am happy to share these words with you.

Our mother is gone, but she’s here in our hearts and memories—like Father Jim said. She’s here in her children and their spouses, grandchildren and many others. Yes, she’s here in her grandchildren. She was a “grand” mother to all of them. Whenever we closed a long distance phone call, she would add, “Give everyone a kiss for me and tell them that I love them.”

She even included our dog, Rosco, in her good wishes. Dogs held a special place in my mom’s heart because they asked for so little and gave so much. Dogs like Rudy and Lucy. Mom is here in her nieces and nephews and her friends.

So, who was this woman we call mother, sister, grandma, great-grandma or friend? She was an angel on Earth. That’s who she was. Those who used to watch “Touched By An Angel” know what I mean. This earthly angel wasn’t perfect, but she was as perfect as a person can be. She earned her angel wings by spending most of her teenage years without a father, a father who died in a fire. Her oldest brother, John, became her rock of Gibraltar, her substitute father. This lovely lass fell in love with a hard-working macho Italian man. It was a classic case of “Romeo and Juliet,” except that the relationship survived growing up in two different houses, with two different cultures and lifestyles.

In the first year of marriage, there were challenges and the background of World War Two. Out of love, my mother gave into her groom in many ways. She waited hand-and-foot on a man used to European ways of living. That’s partly how she earned her heavenly wings today. She pleased this tough macho man as much as she could because she knew that he would love her all the days of his life; that he would work hard for her and their family, as long as he could.

She knew a profound secret about him that escaped the minds of his children, even as their lives unfolded into adulthood. She knew that he wa

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11. Book Review: The Mommy Book

mommybook Book Review: The Mommy Book

The Mommy Book by Todd Parr

Review by Chris Singer

About the author:

Todd Parr

lives near San Francisco but grew up in Wyoming. He likes to paint, but failed art class. Now he creates books for kids and has a TV show called ToddWorld. His books talk about love, kindness and are sometimes silly. He loves the fog, the sea lions, dolphins and macaroni and cheese. He also loves his dog Bully.

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.

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12. Greta gives me a rose (Happy Mother's Day)

We celebrate Mother's Day at St. John's Presbyterian Church with a youth-led service, happy songs, and roses. Today the bells rang, the singers sang, a young poet read, and, toward the end of it all, the youth went up and down the aisles giving roses to their moms.  I was talking to the young man beside me at the time, and so my head was turned when I heard young Greta (who is Clara's sister and Paul and Julie's youngest daughter) saying Happy Mother's Day. Wearing her bright smile and her sweet blue dress, she delivered unto me this slender pink rose.

Sometimes the children of the world belong to all of us (or perhaps they always do). Today Paul, Julie, and Clara shared their Greta.

Happy Mother's Day to all who love the children of this world.

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13. grrrrrreeAAATTTT MOTHER'S DAY!!!

Yesterday was a great day. Every mother should have this kind of day.

My youngest daughter is taking a culinary class at school, so she got up and made breakfast, oven baked blueberry maple stuffed french toast, with shirred eggs . WOW. You could have gone to the finest restaurant to have such a breakfast. The table was set with my bumble bee doll and flower candle holders. And for a special treat, she made a chocolate heart. My other daughter made a cake for after dinner that night. Talk about a day of food, and calories!

No dishes, no cooking, or cleaning, with delicious meals. An afternoon of movies. What more could a mother wish for?

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14. Write exciting!

My mother's day was awesome! My kids spoil me. My son took me to see the movie: "Thor", and my daughter baked me an amazing cake with palm trees, a blue ocean and lil Jamaican dudes dancing. I am so blessed. =D

Have you been watching the new series, 'Game of Thrones'? All I can say is...WOW! What an amazing show. I can't wait to get my hands on George R.R. Martin's books...ummm, is it just me, or did that kinda sound weird. At any rate, I will read those books...oh yes, I will. =D

Anyhoo, this eerie image drew me the moment I saw it. With it's tiny bit of light desperately trying to push through ugly clouds, while all the darkness presses it back. The following came to me.

The dawn is dead.

Fed to the darkness by liars, thieves and murderers. No distinction between right and wrong - the line blurs into nothingness. They hate. They steal. They kill.

And, the darkness comes.

The night creeps and crawls and slithers into every corner, into every crevice. Searching and choking out the light. It is silent. It is invisible. It is insidious.

It comes for us.

The last of the good hearts. Too few. Weakened by the constant night. Weary. We battle what we cannot see or hear or even touch. We are fragile. We fall. We die. We are human. We fight for humanity...or what is left of it. And we can never stop.

For there is no one to blame.

We took the dawn for granted. We betrayed. We let ourselves be betrayed. We should have done more. We should have done so much more.

We failed ourselves...

My love for the fantasy genre continues to grow. <3

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15. Mother's Day Hidden Picture Puzzle/Coloring Page

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 'save

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16. Illustration Friday-Hierarchy

Not sure if it fits, but I think so. I also think it works for Mother's Day.

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17. A Lovely Mother's Day

I intended to write up something spectacular for Mother's Day because there probably isn't any subject I feel more passionately about than motherhood.But, in wanting to write something profound, I felt intimidated and didn't write anything. Maybe it's just a way to rationalize laziness, but I decided my whole blog is a tribute to motherhood. At least I hope it is. I LOVE being a mother. And,

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18. Greeting Card: Mother’s Day and Dogs

They go together well, doncha think? Some samples of greeting cards I illustrated for RSVP came in the mail a few weeks ago. The one below is for Mother’s Day (Duh!) I didn’t concept or write these; just did the drawings.

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19. Celebrate Mother’s Day by giving the gift of reading!

It’s that time of year again!  Time to honor all those mothers, grandmothers and women that make our lives what they are! With Mother’s Day less than a week away, we hope you have taken some time to think about how you can honor your mother on May 9th. Now, we realize that sometimes finding that thoughtful, special and creative Mother’s day gift can be quite a challenge, so we thought we would help out!

This year, you can make a donation to First Book online in honor of your mother, grandmother or special woman in your life and help low-income children everywhere experience the joy of reading. Once you make a donation you can choose an e-card to send directly to your mom, grandmother or whomever you might choose.  So go ahead! Celebrate mother’s day and help a child in need open up the pages of their very first book and the doors to a brighter future.

What’s that you say?  You’ve already picked out a fabulous mother’s day gift! No need to worry! You can still help us celebrate Mother’s Day right here on the First Book Blog by sharing your favorite memory of reading with your mom.  I’ll even kick it off!

“When I was younger, my Mom would help me set up reading parties with my American Girl Dolls in our front yard. Once she had helped me spread out the blanket and get my dolls set up in a circle just like kids sit in an elementary school classroom, I would sit outside and read to my dolls for hours and hours on end.  Of course, my Mom was always there to check in on me and make sure my reading parties were a success, and with her help, they always were!”

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20. Mothers and Godmothers

Specially for Mother's Day, on the Etsy shop this week are some hand-bound issues of the "Mothers and Godmothers" edition of our original small Illustrated Fairy Gazettes. Stitched with rainbow thread, this little fairy-to-fairy magazine has 16 pages of articles and advertisements of interest to fairies everywhere. Each one comes in a fairy parchment envelope,

with the Fairy Gazette label as a finishing touch.

We have enjoyed putting together each and every page of these limited editions, small to be shared with small hands, and as perfect in detail as we can make them.

A recent search through long-stored boxes here turned up this 2" item from a Mother's Day some decades ago, my young attempt at perfection in small stitches. I have been enjoying Salley Mavor's beautifully stitched and whimsical illustrations which have brought back memories of my early instruction in embroidery, a lasting gift from mother to daughter.

Have I passed on the craft? Suffice to say that it is rumoured that a hand-wrought gift from welding class is in progress for me this Mother's Day, and I know it will be remarkable.

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21. Classroom Craft - Watercolour flowers

This is our class craft from last week, the flowers were for a spring window display in the hallway. They would also be great to hand out for mother's day and easy to make a few (or a lot) at home. I think the kids would have made twenty each if they could have.  They really enjoyed creating these.

The supplies were all things our teacher had on hand, - pre-cut watercolour papers, liquid watercolours (I think food colouring/water would work great), science droppers, and chenille stems.  
I had the kids each paint on a clipboard and after one round of kids at the station, I added a couple of paper towels under the paper to absorb all the excess water.

Despite how much liquid is used they dried very quickly and within 1/2 hour I was able to gather the flower in the middle and twist the chenille stem onto it. Here are some finished flowers in a pencil can.
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22. Ten Mother’s Day Laws – rated PG for language, violence

10. Mother’s Day is not a day. It covers the entire weekend from Thursday 6 p.m. through 9 a.m. Monday.

9. Instead of escorting spiders, ants, mosquitoes, earwigs, etc…out of our home, I will kill them on the spot. 

8. You are not allowed to cry over said insects bereaved family members or wonder aloud about how said insects’ parents feel.

7. Don’t correct my grammar. I worked at the Chicago ‘effin Tribune, for God’s sake.

6. Do not, under any circumstances, say, “Mom look!” unless you are skydiving or graduating from high school.

5. I do not know where anything of yours is located.

4. I will change the TV channel at the drop of a dime to “The Dog Whisperer” or HGTV.

3. The words “Harry” and “Potter” are banned.

2. Play with those &%$ Zhu Zhu pets that I went insane trying to find for Christmas.

And my Number One  rule on Mother’s Day……

1. Ask Daddy.

A shout out to MOMS — let’s make this list gigantic and laugh! Add some rules. Your day starts tonight.

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23. Great Books for Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! Here at First Book, we feel the best way to celebrate any holiday is with a great book!  So here are some great reads for Mother’s Day:

The Runaway Bunny

By Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrations by Clement Hurd

In this charming book, a mix of color and black and white illustrations come alive as a mother shows her child that she will always be there, even if her little bunny runs, swims or sails away.  Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, is the perfect book for any mom to read to her son or daughter!

Mama, Do You Love Me?

By Barbara Joosse, Illustrations by  Barbara Lavallee

In Mama, Do You Love Me? beautiful watercolor illustrations capture a unique Artic setting and the power of a mother’s unconditional love.  As a child tests the limits of her independence she learns that her mother’s love is forever, no matter where she goes. Joosse’s book is rich with culture and perfect for children (and adults) of any age.

Only You

By Robin Cruise, Illustrations by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Only You, by Robin Cruise and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, celebrates how strong a mother’s love for her little one can be. In this book, a diverse range of parents and children combine with bold, yet simple, illustrations to make Only You the perfect book for even the youngest of children and the people that love them.

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24. Movie Mamas

To celebrate Mother's Day I've decided to give shout-outs to some of my favorite movie moms. But, since I am a mom and my family has plans for me starting in a mere 45 minutes (and I still need to shower), this is going to be quick and I'm leaving it up to you all to tell me who your favorite movie moms are.

1. Ellen Griswold of National Lampoon's Vacation movies. She's foxy (remember the shower scene? Wowza!) , sweet, charming, gives her kids a little taste of freedom but is there to reel them in before they get too out of control, and how can't you love someone who'd put up with the whack job that is Clark Griswold and actually enjoy it?

2. Elastigirl of The Incredibles. She somehow manages to be down-to-earth while saving the earth from bad guys. I love how she handles her superhero kids and gives pep talks to her superhero hubby. A woman to be reckoned with, for sure.

3. The moms in Gremlins and Poltergeist, because they kick evil critter and evil spirit butts. Loved the scene where the mom nuked the Gremlin in the microwave!

4. Leigh Ann Tuohy in The Blindside. She took a homeless boy into her home and treated him with love and respect despite those who questioned her intentions. She's one tough lady! (And I have to give her whole family kudos for going along with her.) Here's an inspirational video on IMDB.com if you want to check it out.

Okay, your turn! Who are your favorite Movie Moms? And for those of you who are moms, have a wonderful day!

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25. A Perfect Day to Kidnap Mom--a different kind of Thanksgiving poem for Poetry Friday

Happy After-Thanksgiving!   

Before running out the door to buy-buy-buy, sit back and watch The Story of Stuff.  At least watch the first seven minutes.  Really. 

But...if you really want something--how 'bout a book?  You may still have time to participate in our book giveaway!  To qualify, your entry must be posted by 11 p.m. Friday, November 26, 2010 (Central Standard Time).  Here's JoAnn's interview with the author, Ann Angel.  Before entering our contest, please read our Book Giveaway Guidelines.

You may be in the middle of NaNoWriMoCarmela has commented on this and how she's modified NaNoWriMo to fit her life.  If you're writing--however that looks in your life--my hat's off to you!  Participating in this year's Poem A Day Challenge absolutely changed my life. It changed so much, in fact, that I've been writing a poem a day for 236 days...or seven months and 22 days (and sending each one to my friend Bruce as he sails around the world).

So here's a poem I wrote this week.  Not a kid's poem. Just a poem from me--to you. I hope your
Thanksgiving was warm and wonderful.


by April Halprin Wayland

 This morning I woke with a huge burlap sack of guilt
 about not being in town
 with my 88-year-old mother
 for Thanksgiving.

 Today was a perfect day to kidnap her.
 I poked around the internet, found an easy hike—
 terrific, except it was in Thousand Oaks,
 which always feels terribly far, like Romania, to Mom.

 I phoned her:
 “Pretend I’m Alan Alda
 and I’m inviting you somewhere, okay?”
 Okay, she said—except for the Thousand Oaks part.

 She would have gone to Thousand Oaks for Alan Alda.
 “I’ll ring you back,” I said.
 I hunted more.  I found
 Malibu Creek State Park.

 We drove north on Pacific Coast Highway
 on this after-rain day—
 everything green and blue and glisten-y,
 Mom oohing and ahhing as we cruised past the grey-blue Pacific.

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