Children’s Book Giveaway: A Mother’s Song.
April 06, 2010

The book that I would like to draw your attention to today is A Mother’s Song, written by Janet Lawler and illustrated by Kathleen Kemly.  AND the giveaway copy is signed by the author, HOW COOL IS THAT?  Answer: very cool.

With your hand holding mine,
I’m so happy to share
the magic that’s here,
all around, everywhere.

Have I already told you that I am a complete and total softie when it comes to books about the bond between a parent and child?  Because I am.  I could read books like A Mother’s Song all day long.  When Donald sees books like this, he always gives me THE LOOK.  The look that says he knows that I am going to love something, he just knows it.

In a nutshell, A Mother’s Song is a poem about the activities a mother and her child do together, from listening to chirping birds to picking apples to making snow angels.  It is short and sweet, the illustrations are beautiful, and you genuinely feel like a part of the story.  The girl’s puppy makes a gleeful appearance on nearly every page (love!) and the illustrations show the bond of mother and child continuing year-round.  As well, the rhyme is very easy to read, a MUST when you are reading to a baby or toddler.

It really is a lovely book.

Pros: The illustrations carry the book.  Kemly clearly put quite a bit of time into them and the pictures just draw you in.  The expressions and positions of the characters are very life-like, which I think helps you connect with the imagery.  The colors are well-chosen too; there is something very heartwarming about them.

Cons: Also, the illustrations.  The duo featured is a mother and her daughter.  I have a daughter, so this is PERFECT for me, but otherwise it might not be as good a fit.  Since the title is A Mother’s Song, I would have preferred that the illustrations were fitting for any mother.

Borrow or Buy: Honestly?  Okay, look, this book would make an incredible Mother’s Day gift.  (Hint, hint.)  Buy it, write a note that highlights a couple memories with your mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, daughter, friend, sister, whoever, and BAM! instant hit.  Or just write on the inside cover that they’re a stellar mom.  Seriously, it would be awesome.  Actually, it would probably make a great birthday gift too.  Or a nice gift for someone who is having a little girl.  Outside of that, though, I would probably borrow it.  Like five billion times.

In lieu of a reading tip: I would like to direct you to Scrub a Dub Tub, the blog of a volunteer-driven non-profit pediatric reading advocacy organization called The Reading Tub.  Over time, you will find that I direct you to The Reading Tub website, social networks, and blog for a variety of reasons.  To kick this off, though, I just want to let you know that they are out there, fighting the good fight.  If you are passionate about children’s literacy, I highly encourage you to join the conversation at Scrub a Dub Tub.

About the author: Janet Lawler is a brilliant author.  I have a couple other of her books, one of which is one of my all-time favorite children’s books.  Ever.  IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.  (You’ll see that book later in the year!)  Her love of nature is very evident in her writing as well, which is something that I sincerely appreciate.  She also has these great curriculum guides for her books.  Each one is designed to help parents and teachers start conversations, inspire projects, and the like.  The curriculum guide for A Mother’s Song can be found by following the instructions here.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail, tweet (twitter?), or Facebook message telling me about a memory you treasure with your mother (or mother figure) or with your child (or a child in your life).  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Thursday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time and the winner will be announced Friday morning.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to three entries.

For extra entries: This is on the honor system, so please be honest.  I will award you one extra entry if you vote for me at Top Baby Blogs by clicking here.  Each day you vote, I will award you one additional entry.  (Don’t forget to send me an e-mail, leave a comment, twitter me (tweet me?), or write a Facebook note letting me know!)  I am hoping to move up to the front page so that I can begin finding new readers.  The more people we can reach, the more we can do in the long run to promote pediatric literacy.

To purchase this book: You can buy A Mother’s Song through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.


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  1. By Laura on April 06, 2010

    i would LOVE this book for mother’s day! :) hint hint :)

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  2. By on April 06, 2010

    I clicked the link to vote for you, but I’m not sure if it worked or not.

    How are you getting the effect you have in the bottom right picture? Is that Photoshop or fancy camera work?

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  3. By on April 06, 2010

    New chair? Love the pattern!

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    Sarah’s edit: The chair is kind of cool, huh?  It’s not mine and this photo isn’t in my house, but I love it!

  4. By beyond on April 06, 2010

    one of my favorite memories with my mother as a child is reading bedtime stories together. can’t wait to do the same with my kid. one day…

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  5. By Cynthia A on April 06, 2010

    I would also have to say reading stories with my Mom!  My Mom would always read a book to us anytime, and we were always asking for one more, just one more (which was like 5 more!).  I have started reading to my daughter, I hope she will love story time and books. 

    I voted for you by clicking on both icons on your page, I try to vote for you everyday!! (not sure which one to use or whether to click both—looks like different categories?)  I tried to leave a comment and rating but it must take a little to show up?!

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  6. By on April 06, 2010

    I am treasuring these first steps that Bekah is taking. She is growing so fast and I am learning to treasure and enjoy each moment.

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  7. By on April 06, 2010

    I voted for you

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  8. By on April 06, 2010

    When I was very small my legs had to be corrected as they were severely turned in.  I had to wear my “Forest Gump” braces 23 hours a day.  While I don’t remember much from that time, I do remember my mom rubbing my legs on her bed.  I think it’s more the memory of the touch that I remember.

    Now that I have two little girls, some of my favorite memories from the last couple of weeks has been snuggle time with our newborn and toddler…  Whether it be that I am nursing the newborn and our toddler is enjoying a cup of milk beside me.  Or we are reading a book.

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  9. By Elizabeth on April 06, 2010

    If I could even list all the moments I treasure with my mother I would have a list the length of my history.  As well, I treasure my daughter.  I’m amply blessed - there is no question.  But, I treasure this moment from two minutes ago. 
    Me: Sus, come here you sweet thing and let me wipe your nose. 
    Sus: No, Mom!  I’m not a sweet thing, I’m a person.
    Yep, precious, there is no doubt.

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  10. By Steph Bucher on April 06, 2010

    My favorite memory of my mom, hmmm…moments when it was just the two of us without dad or my sister. It was nice to have time alone with her.

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  11. By Steph Bucher on April 06, 2010

    I voted for you!!!

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  12. By Marla on April 06, 2010

    I have awesome memories of cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my mom. Wonderful times. :)

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  13. By Kerry Johnson on April 06, 2010

    I have lots of lovely memories of my own mom which I am very grateful for, and am making new ones with my little princess! One of my favs is now that Madie is a bit bigger, she like to rock to sleep sitting up with her head against my chest while I rub her back or stroke her hair.  Swooonnn!

    PS.  LOVE THAT CHAIR!!!

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  14. By on April 06, 2010

    I have wonderful memories of listening to my mom read to me, and am making lots of memories reading with my daughter.  We just had to return If Colors Were Kisses by Lawler to the library, boo hoo.

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  15. By on April 06, 2010

    This is kind of silly but I have great memories of riding in the car with my mom or sitting by the tub while she took a bath. Those always seemed like the best times for us to talk.

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  16. By taiwrites on April 06, 2010

    What a fantastic bonding book. Moments like this can make wonderful memories for your child. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. By Christy on April 06, 2010

    Some of my favorite memories with my daughter are just the regular day to day stuff and how she amazes me and makes me laugh.  We took a bath together last night and she was doing this really cute eye scrunch shut tight and then opened really wide and then she’d laugh and laugh and do it all over again.  It’s just too cute.

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  18. By Heidi on April 06, 2010

    One of my favorite memories with my mom is coming home after a night out with friends and sitting up with her in her bed to tell her (most of) what we got into that night.  When we were home from college, she would always try to wait up for us without really waiting up for us, so we would have to go in and tell her we were home and turn out her light.  I knew then that she just wanted us to be safe, and I know now how she must have worried about us when we were at school or living on our own and she didn’t know that we home safe and sound every night.  I know that that twenty minutes just talking with my mom earned me a lot of trust, and I liked that she interested in what was going on in my life.

    BTW, love the chair in the pictures!  :)

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  19. By Megan R. on April 06, 2010

    So far, as a fairly new mother, I cherish the memory of the first time that Finnley reached for me.  You know…ME…HER MOMMY!  And, she really KNEW what she was doing.  It can melt you to know that you are wanted by such a little and beautiful creature.

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  20. By Jen on April 06, 2010

    Some of my favorite memories of my Mom are the ones I am making right now. I had a baby in July of 09 and now that I am a Mom it gives me a new perspective of all the things my Mom did/does for me! Also, my mom is a great baker…Some of my favorite memories of her are in the kitchen!

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  21. By Dandy on April 06, 2010

    Yay!  I’m nearly 11 weeks pregnant (and we weren’t even sure it would happen) and the first thing I thought of was starting my book collection!

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  22. By Jill on April 06, 2010

    I’m 41 weeks pregnant.  Love reading about all your positive mother-babe posts!

    Love the photography too!

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  23. By on April 06, 2010

    I have great memories with my mom.  Some that I’ll treasure forever are the times she spent with me, birthing my own babies, and helping me those tough first weeks.

    One funny memory, in 2005, we traveled to Israel for two weeks. on the return trip, our flight was canceled, we were up all night trying to figure out how to get back to the states, finally, we got a flight into Stockholm.  Exhausted, retrieving our bags while my dad and husband ran to catch a connecting flight (we missed it by a minute)  our brains were totally fried, she asks me: where is Stockholm anyway? Germany or Holland?  I’ll never forget.:)

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  24. By Cynthia A on April 06, 2010

    Another memory of my Mom, listening to her playing piano.  It is the most beautiful sound ever, I remember dancing with my brother and sister to the music.  A good memory.

    Voted again.  EVERYONE vote for Sarah!

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  25. By Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble Style on April 07, 2010

    Funny thing is the best memories I have with my mom have all been in the last two years.  Having Ava has taken our relationship to a whole new level and watching the love they have for each other simply melts my heart.

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  26. By Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble Style on April 07, 2010

    I voted for you too, also not sure it worked that link was a little weird, it never mentioned the name of your website or anything. 

    Hope it worked, we need to get your numbers up.

    I hope you win, you rock, by the way.

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  27. By on April 07, 2010

    I voted for you again.

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  28. By on April 07, 2010

    When we were younger (and we still do it now even though we are grown), we would go into the bathroom when Mom was taking a bath and just talk. That was our time with Mom that was just ours. If she wanted to take a soaky bath without interruptions, she would do that after we went to bed usually.

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  29. By Kerry Johnson on April 07, 2010

    Leaving my daily entry, thanks!

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  30. By on April 07, 2010

    The joy of watching my daughter copy my actions.  Watching her read to her babydoll and then play mommy and watch her pretend cook!!

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  31. By on April 07, 2010

    I have so many memories, I dont know that I can pick a favorite. Of course bedtime and bedtime stories and being tucked in and feeling all that love is one of them!

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  32. By Steph Bucher on April 07, 2010

    I voted again!!! Your moving up!

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  33. By Jennifer Moore on April 07, 2010

    I love just talking with my Mom.

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  34. By Meghan on April 07, 2010

    My kids and I do what we call “all together hugs”, it’s just a corny group hug and then we all shout “all together!“ so simple, but so sweet, especially now that 18 month old Sera is shouting “aww togedda” with us.

    I voted today and yesterday, but like others, am feeling uncertain as to if it went through, I wish it said “your vote has been counted” or something.

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  35. By holly on April 08, 2010

    One of my favorite memories of my mother is sitting in the back of the car listening to her sing along to the music.  She can’t sing but she didn’t care.  I love that.

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  36. By Cynthia A on April 08, 2010

    One of my memories as a mommy is the first time Bailey and I locked eyes.  I will never forget that moment.

    VOTED both buttons :)!

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  37. By Heidi on April 08, 2010

    Hi Sarah, I voted for you at Top Baby Blogs today!

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  38. By Steph Bucher on April 08, 2010

    I voted again today!!!

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  39. By on April 08, 2010

    I voted again.

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  40. By on April 08, 2010

    One of my favorite moments is when Bekah is across the room from me with someone else. She will look at me and reach for me from across the room. It is one of the best feelings in the world!

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  41. By Meghan on April 08, 2010

    Voted again today!

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  42. By erin on April 08, 2010

    There are too many memories that I treasure with my mother (and my daughter) to choose just one, but I will: when I was 9, my mom and I took a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco to go to her 25-yr high school reunion.  I got to be the navigator and couldn’t find Salinas on the map.  We went to the Golden Gate Bridge and I wanted to walk across but I was too scared to get past the south tower because of the way the bridge bounced when the cars drove over it.  She took me to her reunion with her (in a park) and I was the only kid there.  All her old girlfriends fawned over me, and I was special because my mom had chosen me specially to go with her and be her buddy and her navigator and everything.  It was awesome.

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  43. By erin on April 08, 2010

    Also, I voted for you on both sites!

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