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- author Jackie French

Sunday 12 May 2013

Tania's Mother's Day Picks

Mama Robot by Davide Cali and AnnaLaura Cantone (Tundra, $27.95, 9780887768736)

I love this book for its kookiness but also its stunning illustration. It reminds us of the squishy, adorable, life-altering presence of people in our lives.

See the full KBR review right here.

The Night Before Mother's Day by Doug MacLeod and Judy Horacek (Allen & Unwin, $9.99, 9781742379401)

More a gift book than a picture book (small in format), this is a priceless gift for Mum on mother's day. I love its irreverance (something McLeod does so well), its dry humour and iconic Horacek illos.

See the full KBR review right here.


Just Like My Mum by David Melling (Hachette Children, $14.99, 9780340999837)

Melling is the king of cheeky warmth and humour. In this sequel to Just Like My Dad, readers can't help but smile at this adorable cub and the sweetest mum you'll ever meet (except, of course, your own).

See the full KBR review right here.

Mummy Laid an Egg by Babette Cole (Red Fox, $14.95, 978009929911)

I first read this book in the early 00s when my daughter was just a toddler. It made me laugh out loud, as Cole's books so often do, and the illustrations are absolutely priceless. This is a glorious way to introduce the 'birds and the bees' - like ripping a band-aid off, the facts are laid out with humour, not grinding teeth and red faces.

See the full KBR review right here.

Are you my Mother? by PD Eastman (Random House, $12.95, 9780394800189)

One of my favourite story books of all time, this classic story of a baby bird who falls from his nest and searches high and low for his mum is heartbreaking and beautiful in its simplicity and masterful design. 

See my brand new review right here.

I Spy Mum by Janeen Brian (New Frontier, $24.95, 9781921042164)

This sweet, classic-in-the-making book for little ones showcases a range of fabulous mums, from garland-makers to elephant-riders, artists and hikers, celebrating the maternal diversity children enjoy every day. Which mum is yours?

See the full KBR review right here.