Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
In honor of Mother's Day, this month the Youth Services Staff shares their favorite stories about moms and motherhood.
Mars Needs Moms!
written and illustrated by Berkeley Breathed
Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) moms feel underappreciated. In this silly tale, a young boy realizes how much he needs and wants his mom after she is kidnapped by Martians, who want to be taken care of too. He stows away on their ship and brings her home again safely.
Even Firefighters Hug Their Mom
by Christine Kole MacLean, illustrated by Mike Reed
A touching story of a boy, who imagines himself as a firefighter, policeman, and other busy people, and his mother, who only wants a hug to thank her hero.
Big Bad Bunny
by Franny Billingsley, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
The self-proclaimed “Big Bad Bunny” is really Baby Boo Boo, who has run away seeking independence and adventure. When Mama Mouse discovers her own Baby Boo Boo is missing at bedtime, and Boo Boo discovers that he is lost and frightened, it is a very savvy Mama Mouse to the rescue. Baby Boo Boo is saved and his self-esteem is intact! This is a brand-new picture book is for mothers and preschoolers everywhere to enjoy this Mother’s Day.
by Keiko Kasza
Who IS the mightiest in the forest? The Lion, the Bear, and the Elephant compete to see who can do the best job scaring a tiny old woman, but she has a surprise for them.
Oh My Baby, Little One
by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Jane Dyer
A sweet book with charming illustrations that might just make daily separations from mom a little bit easier to take.
A Chair for My Mother
written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams
After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and her grandmother save their money to buy a big comfortable chair that they can all enjoy. Suffused with warmth and tenderness.
by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson
When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. What is she doing? When will she be back? What are those scary things moving all around them? Not surprisingly, joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets mommy’s reassuring return.
The Runaway Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
I know, I know, who hasn’t already read this classic book? It has a special place in my heart because my mom used to read it to me. I love the contrast of the black and white pen-and-ink drawings, followed by the colorful illustrations of the little bunny’s imaginings of life on his own. And then at the end, when he decides he might as well stay and be mommy’s little bunny, there is a final cozy spread of a patch of ripe vegetables, a beautiful night sky, and a warm and bright rabbit warren nestled beneath a big old tree.
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