Tribute to Parents, 6 Books for Mother’s & Father’s Day


As Mother’s Day is only one month away with Father’s Day quickly following, now is a good time to purchase some special books to celebrate! Quarterly I have the opportunity to write for The Senior Voice in the section: “Grand Times, Reading with Your Grandkids”. (Thank you Heidi Frankel for that opportunity!) In the next newspaper, these are the books I highlight for the holidays:

Mother’s Day “Must-Reads”:

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The Night Before Mother’s Day
By Natasha Wing, Illustrated by Amy Wummer

Natasha Wing’s series starts off each holiday perfectly. Her Mother’s Day book is no exception. The family sends mom off on a run with her friends while they prepare surprises for Mom’s Day. The next morning, they have the “spa” set up in the kitchen, brunch and a bouquet of flowers, and lots of love all ready for Mom. “Mom thanked us for everything—it brought her such cheer. She wished it could be Mother’s Day every day of the year.”


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Ladybug Girl and Her Mama
by David Somar and Jacky Davis

Ladybug Girl plans out a full, fun day for Mama. Digging in the garden, eating out for lunch, watching an afternoon movie, picking up ingredients at the grocery store to bake banana bread, and walking their dog, a rather ordinary day turns into many special moments . . . because they are doing everything together.



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Knit Together by Angela Dominguez

When a little girl tries to knit like her mom, she realizes it’s harder than it looks. But, when they combine their creativity and talent, they end up with a lovely piece of art to wear. They sit by the ocean with their new blanket covering their shoulders and enjoy the day together.




Father’s Day Features:

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The Night Before Father’s Day
By Natasha Wing, Illustrated by Amy Wummer

While Dad is out biking, the family gets busy to prepare for Father’s Day. They organize the garage, wash his car, fill up the oil tank, make a card, and fall fast asleep from all their work. The next morning when dad tastes the yummy breakfast they made just for him and sees all their hard work and gifts just for him, he is amazed. The “World’s Greatest Dad” and family ride off in their newly washed car for a Sunday afternoon drive . . .on “the best Father’s Day”.


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Spot Loves His Daddy By Eric Hill

“Spot is happy. He and his daddy are spending the whole day together.” Isn’t that the essence of Father’s Day? Playing soccer, flying a kite, feeding ducks, eating ice cream, reading a bedtime story  all become magical for one reason . . . They are all done with Dad.




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By Josepth Bruchac, Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin

“Pop doesn’t need to buy me stuff. Just being with him is enough.” Halperin illustrates Dads and sons from all different cultures doing very simple, fun activities—just father and son. Written in couplets, this rhyming picture book encourages dads to keep investing into the next generation. “When I grow up and have a kid, we’ll do all the things that Dad and I did.”


Have fun celebrating these days together as that what makes them holidays! Way to go Moms and Dads! Keep reading to your kiddos.

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2 Responses to Tribute to Parents, 6 Books for Mother’s & Father’s Day

  1. Natasha Wing says:

    Thanks for including my books in your tribute to parents. Love the setting you put them in, too.

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