Mom and Me! Read together as you celebrate moms this month!

gift for mamaA Gift for Mama
by Linda Ravin Lodding

Oskar wants to find the perfect birthday present for his mama, but he only has a single coin. He finds a yellow rose and buys it, but on the way home a painter asks to trade the rose for a paintbrush. Oskar continues through Vienna, trading the paintbrush for a musical score, several other things, and finally candies for Mama. Then, Oskar finds a girl crying at the edge of the river. She is sad because she doesn’t have a gift for her mother’s birthday. What will Oskar do? Find out in this heartwarming journey through Vienna that features gorgeous illustrations.
Alfred A. Knopf, $17.99; ages 4-8


day little grayMama’s Day with Little Gray by Aimee Reid

Enjoy a day with Mama and Little Gray. Little Gray wonders what would happen if he grew up and Mama grew down.  He ponders this throughout the book and they have a great day together. Soft, airy illustrations fill Mama and Little Gray’s adventure. Harper Collins Publishers, $18.99; ages 5 and up

baby elephantA Baby Elephant in the Wild by Caitlin O’Connell

This Mother’s Day, read about a baby elephant named Liza and her family. Liza was born in Namibia. Scientist Caitlin O’Connell was close by to photograph and observe Liza and her family shortly after Liza was born. From her first mud bath to traveling with her elephant family, this story is full of entertaining facts and photos. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99; ages 4-8

book of babiesA Book of Babies by Il Sung Na

From babies with fur to babies with scales, this book is full of lots of adorable animal babies! Vivid, luminous illustrations make these animal babies practically leap of the page. Children can also find a curious duck on every spread. The duck travels along, finding animal babies of all different types! Then, at the end, all the animals go to sleep, even the ducklings—so the curious duck returns home. Delightful!  Alfred A. Knopf, $15.99; ages 3-7

cubs big worldCub’s Big World
by Sarah L. Thomson

At first, Cub’s world is small, just mom and her in the snow. Journey along with cub and her mom as cub discovers that there is more to the world than she first imagined. Then, when cub loses sight of her mother for a while, what will she do? Can she be brave enough to find her mom in the big, new world? Is her mom really too far away? Find out as you journey with Cub on this big, new Arctic adventure!
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99; ages 4-8

lets dance grandmaLet’s Dance, Grandma
by Nigel McMullen

Lucy wants to dance with her grandma, but her mom tells her that grandmas don’t dance. When Lucy’s grandma comes to take care of her, Lucy just can’t resist and asks her to dance., but her grandma declines. Lucy realizes her mom is right, and asks her to cuddle instead of dance. Grandma picks her up and cuddles her and starts to sing and sway—suddenly it seems to Lucy the whole world is dancing! A book grandmas and children will treasure reading together! Harper, $16.99; ages 3-7


Jennifer Galvin is never far from her children, a paintbrush, or a good book. You can find her on the web at



Parents read too!

I’ve Got You Under My Skin a mystery novel by Mary Higgins Clark

When Laurie Moran’s husband was brutally murdered, only three-year-old Timmy saw the face of his father’s killer. Five years later his piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy’s dreams. Laurie is haunted by more—the killer’s threat to her son as he fled the scene:  “Tell your mother she’s next, then it’s your turn.”  Now Laurie is dealing with murder again, this time as the producer of a true-crime, cold-case television show. The series will launch with the twenty-year-old unsolved murder of Betsy Powell. Betsy, a socialite, was found suffocated in her bed after a gala celebrating the graduation of her daughter and three friends. Reopening the case in its lavish setting and with the cooperation of the surviving guests that night, Laurie is sure to have a hit on her hands. But when the estranged friends begin filming, it becomes clear each is hiding secrets . . . small and large.  And a pair of blue eyes is watching events unfold, too. 

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