What is better than mommy love? Two books about how awesome moms are (and for good measure one dad, too).
My Mommy Medicine given to us by Edwidge Danticat and illustrated by Shannon Wright (due late February 2019) talks about when a little girl wakes up not feeling well she and her mom can do all sorts of things to make her feel better. Sometimes it is hugs, reading, taking naps, drinking hot chocolate or tea, telling stories, dancing and sometimes real medicine. Based on events Danticat did with her own daughters and other family members, this book is a loving story to read when sick, or anytime really. Wright’s illustrations are realistic with a touch of whimsy. Fabulously bright colors and fun details. The fact the mother and daughter are practically twins is an interesting touch.
And in In a Minute, Mama Bear (late February 2019) we see a loving mama bear, but she is not so relaxed. She needs to run her errands, get that pesky baby bear off to dance class and they are late. Yet, Bella Bear keeps finding ways to tell Mama “In a minute” as the world around her is just too wonderful. Every frustrated parent will see their toddler in Bella. And depending if you are the Mama in this story that decides a picnic might be what they need after all, or if you are the parent that needs to get going, will depend on if you like this book by Rachel Bright or not.
Now, I did not forget Dads. They have a special love, too. As Taye Diggs shows us in his I Love You More Than…. To me, it seems a little unorganized, but has a poetic feel to it as well. Shane W. Evans ties it all together with somewhat abstract illustrations. You can tell what everything is, but it might not be as solid as it could be. This makes the book a modern look. This book is more tell then show, as Diggs tells all the things he loves and does with his child. The best part is while this talks about the family being separated, if there is a more traditional family it could work as well.
What is better than mommy and daddy love? Reading fun books with mom and dad and grandma and grandpa and aunts and uncles and siblings and cousins…..