Suddenly Mother’s Day is just around the corner. That means we only have one more story time in May! After Mother’s Day we have a little break to let everyone know about summer reading. Teachers are scheduling field trips for classes and we’re getting ready for an incredible summer reading program. We’ll tell you more about that in a couple of weeks. Story time, library programs, and the summer reading program officially begin June 1st.
There are still a few days left to make a present for Mom. “Mother’s Day Crafts,” by Jean Eick, is a book with great ideas for an easy gift to make and give.
“Things to Make for Mother’s Day,” by Rebecca Gilpin, is another cute, colorful book with ideas for Mother’s Day gifts.
Jeanette Bradley wrote and illustrated her book, “Love, Mama,” published last year by Roaring Brook Press. I just love the name of that company. “Love, Mama” is the story of a little penguin whose mama has to leave him. Although he knows she will come back, he still misses her. She sends a special note to him with these words,
“My love for you stretches across the wide ocean,
through day and night,
from earth to sky
and back again.”
This book would be perfect to share with a child whose mom is absent or deployed.
“Sad Days, Glad days: a Story About Depression,” by Hamilton Dewitt, is an older book that was written to help children understand Mom’s depression. It’s very true that depression affects everyone in the family, but it’s especially difficult when it’s Mom.
Doug Wood, who lives in Sartell, MN, wrote a sweet book titled, “What Moms Can’t Do.” He writes:
“There are lots of things that regular people can do, but moms can’t.
Moms can’t wait to wake kids up in the morning.
When they watch movies, they need protection from the scary parts,
And they can’t sit very long without someone in their lap.
Moms also can’t let go of a hug without a kiss. Or two. Or nine.”
A little pillow, handmade and stitched, sits in the children’s department. It has been here at least as long as I have. It says, “Richer than I you will never be, for I had a Mother who read to me.” If you still have your mom, give her a hug and a kiss. Or two. Or nine. If you no longer have your mom, remember her with gratitude. Happy Mother’s Day!