Happy Mother’s Day!

This Sunday is Mother’s Day!

Celebrate this special day with a Canadian children’s book. The list below was put together by our librarian, Meghan Howe.

The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten
Written by Maureen Fergus
Illustrated by Mike Lowery
Kids Can Press, 2013
ISBN 978-1-55453-698-6
IL: Ages 3-6  RL: Grades 2-3
A little girl invites her mom to spend the day in kindergarten and discovers that Mom doesn’t even know the basics about being at school. She barges into line, forgets to take her outdoor shoes off and talks all through story time.
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Love You Forever
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Sheila McGraw
Firefly Books, 1986
ISBN 978-0-920668-37-5
IL: Ages 3-8  RL: Grade 2
A young woman holds her newborn son And looks at him lovingly. Softly she sings to him: “I’ll love you forever / I’ll like you for always / As long as I’m living / My baby you’ll be.”
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Mama’s Day with Little Gray
Written by Aimee Reid
Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
Random House Children’s Books, 2014
ISBN 978-0-449-81083-5
IL: Ages 3-7  RL: Grades 1-2
What would it be like if, one day, Little Gray were the big elephant and Mama the small one? Little Gray can picture it perfectly. He’d shade her from the sun, teach her to make mud, and find pictures in the clouds with her. He would take as good care of her as she does of him. This charming, heartwarming story portrays a child’s wish to grow up… but still stay close to his mother.
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My Great Big Mamma
Written by Olivier Ka
Illustrated by Luc Melanson
Translated by Helen Mixter
Groundwood Books, 2009
ISBN 978-0-88899-942-9
IL: Ages 4-7  RL: Grades 1-2
This is the story of a little boy with a large mother. He has always adored her fullness and strength, but other people call her “fat.” He senses her stress and shares that he always wants to “fall asleep in her soft arms,” that he loves her just the way she is. This loving tribute to full-figured moms features warm and expressive illustration.
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The Pocket Mommy
Written by Rachel Eugster
Illustrated by Tom Goldsmith
Tundra Books, 2013
ISBN 978-1-77049-300-1
IL: Ages 4-6  RL: Grade 2
Samuel doesn’t want to say goodbye to Mom at the kindergarten door, so Mom slips an imaginary mommy into his pocket. When she comes to life, Samuel is delighted, but when Mommy starts to help out around the classroom, causing all sorts of chaos, Samuel isn’t so sure Mommy should be at school.
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Sweetest of All
Written by Jean Little
Illustrated by Marisol Sarrazin
Scholastic Canada, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4431-3336-4
IL: Ages 0-5  RL: Grade 1
Frolicking baby animals are born, putting smiles of love on their mothers’ faces. Each time a new animal is born, another mother yearns for her own. When a new human mom shows off her baby, it’s the sweetest one of all… because it’s her very own.
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