Title: Born from the Heart
Author: Berta Serrano
Illustrator: Alfonso Serrano
Age Range: 3 and up
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (October 15, 2013)
Meet Rose and Charlie.
They are ready for a family of their own but it may not happen in the usual way.
The doctor, who was a very wise man, gave them a magic recipe for how to become parents.
They had to mix:
1 pound of love
2 cups of enthusiasm
1 ½ tablespoons of patience
The magic recipe works and Rose feels her heart growing bigger and bigger.
From the very first heartbeat, Rose loved her baby to the moon and back.
The illustrator captures the “pregnancy” with drawings of Rose shopping for maternity clothes to comfortably cover her growing heart, sleeping with a maternity pillow and resting while Charlie decorates the nursery.
One day, the phone rang.
It was time!
Rose and Charlie had to get ready for the greatest trip of their lives.
And just like many people who have experienced an international adoption Rose and Charlie traveled across the world to meet their child.
This is how Rose’s baby was born – from her heart.
Born from the Heart is an endearing story of adoption and a mother’s limitless love.
Adoption is a beautiful way to grow a family but it has unique challenges.
Born from the Heart can open up the adoption conversation with a child in a secure and loving way.
(Note: I would add a couple cups of patience to the magic recipe.)
Title: All We Know
Author: Linda Ashman
Illustrator: Jane Dyer
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 8, 2016)
The soft, sweet illustrations of a mother and child and the melodious rhyme will have you reading this book over and over.
The author takes us through the seasons with outdoor play and exploration showing us how nature knows when it is time for change.
A cloud knows how to rain.
The thunder, how to boom.
A bulb knows when it’s time to sleep
and when it’s time to bloom.
A seed knows how to sprout.
A lamb knows how to bleat.
A bee knows where the nectar is
to make the honey sweet.
As we move through the year the mother explains with a simple, tender story how the love for her child bloomed in her heart.
And – not so very long ago—
You knew how to tell me
that the time was finally right.
The days know how to march along
No matter what we do.
And I know how to love you.
No one taught me……I just knew.
Title: Silly Wonderful You (Kindle version)
Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrator: Patrick McDonnell
File Size: 12515 KB
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 5, 2016)
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Sherri Duskey Rinker is the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train.
She makes us laugh with her newest picture book Silly Wonderful You.
I never imagined,
Before you came along…
That our house could get this messy and
Or that you’d be so silly,
Patrick McDonnell is an award winning illustrator and the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts.
His comical drawings make Silly Wonderful You a fun read.
Together they lead us through a crazy day in the life of a mom but at the end of the day…
I’m so sleepy from all of the racing and chasing
(and the washing-your-face-ing!)
So cuddle in tight…
It’s almost good night…
Dozy, eyes close-y…
The day’s almost through…
I’m feeling sooooo tired…
(aren’t you tired too?)
How could I have imagined…
I just never knew…
But since there was you,
I know now that dreams really do come true.
Grab a book, snuggle up and celebrate Mother’s Day every day of the year.
To Moms everywhere; the hardest, most challenging, life changing, wonderful, perfect job!