We were glad to bid adieu to April showers, and drizzle, and cloudy skies, and more than ready for May flowers. Trees are budding and blossom petals are blowing about like snowflakes. Colorful spring flowers are popping up and how delighted we are to see them after such a long, dreary winter here in the Northeast. Lovely May, when we celebrate mothers everywhere, was the perfect occasion to share some great indie titles inspired by moms for our May Reading List.
Mommy and Me
My Mummy is an Engineer by Kerrine Bryan and Jason Bryan - (This sibling duo aims to produce colorful, illustrated books that educate and inspire, reducing gender bias in the career choices presented to young readers. Kerrine, herself, is an engineer.)
Yarashell Abbily and Her Very Messy Room by Sybrina Durant - (When Mommy makes it a game, this spunky 3-year-old has as much fun cleaning her room as she did getting it messy. Written by a grandmother of 4 little girls who knows a thing or two about how little minds work.)
My Mommy by Renee Robinson - (An illustrated rhyming book for youngsters that is a combination storybook, greeting card for Mommy on Mother's Day, and coloring book. Vol 3 of a series on holidays.)
Mother Knows Best
Mother's Red Fingernail Polish by Pamela Boles Eglinski - (Short story collection that will strike a chord, inspired by reminisces from the author's childhood, of her mother, and her adventures as an adult.)
Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen! (Or So Mother Says) by Colette Kebell - (GiGi is building a career as a personal shopper and style consultant, all the while deflecting unsolicited advice from her mother, in this entertaining chick lit novel that is a bit "The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Bridget Jones' Diary".)
The Challenges of Motherhood
Stretch-mark My Heart by Niki Breeser Tschirgi - (A heart-tugging, inspiring, and informative account of the author and her husband's journey from the heartbreak of infertility through the fractured foster care system, to the creation of a blended family through adoption.)
Unfortunate Women by Beverly Van Horn - (This fascinating, historical account of the Willows Maternity Sanitarium takes the reader from 1905 to 1969 via the personal stories of the unwed mothers who were residents and whose babies were adopted during an era when such "unfortunate women" were shunned and stigmatized.)
Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely - (A harrowing contemporary novel about every mother's nightmare, the growing threat to teens of cyber-bullying. Follow one mother's journey as she confronts the dire consequences of cruelty aimed at her daughter and is determined to uncover its source.)
I Promised Not to Tell by Chery B. Evans - (A parenting memoir about raising a transgendered child that is personal and universal, sharing insights about transgenderism as well as the unconditional love that all mothers will relate to.)
Happy Mother's Day
So that wraps up our May Reading List. We hope one of these titles grabs you (and you grab it)—maybe a gift for your own mother or one you know who can use a book-break. Or, share one of the charming storybooks with a little one. Wishing all the Moms, Grandmom's, Step-moms, Pet-moms, Aunties and Mother figures out there a Happy Mother's Day!
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