Valerie Koehler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshops, shares her favorites for the the month of May. For more of her picks, visit www.BlueWillowBookshops.com
Grandma Loves You!, Tiger Tales by Danielle McLean
Tiger Tales, 2018
Share the celebration of the special bond between a grandma and her grandchild in a board book edition perfect for small hands.
Everything is MAMA by Jimmy Fallon
Feiwel & Friends, 2019
Families take a look at a baby’s point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words for familiar objects besides “Mama.”
I Love Mommy, Tiger Tales illustrated by Sarah Ward
Tiger Tales, 2018
Join a cast of cute characters in this gentle rhyming book about having fun with Mommy. Includes a special glitter heart and peek-through pages.
This is our Baby Born Today by Varsha Bajaj
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2019
With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one’s arrival, the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all!
Just Like Mommy by Lucy Freegard
Sterling Books, 2019
Mommy’s smart and creative, practical and imaginative–and she always finds a reason to be playful and laugh! She knows all about the stars in the sky, how to grow her own food, and make music. Whether the day is fantastic or frustrating, mom can turn disaster into joy, and tears into laughter. This celebration of moms is beautiful, funny, and touching.
A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press, 2019
When a pig named Mercy arrives at the Watsons’ front door, she brings love and chaos to their lives. This lively prequel to the popular Mercy Watson early reader series is a delightful introduction to the ever adventurous Mercy Watson.
Song For A Whale by Lynne Kelly
Delacorte Press, 2019
When Iris (who is deaf) learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to “sing” to him! But he’s three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him? Her loving grandmother takes her on a road trip that won’t be forgotten.
Nikki on the Line by Barbara Carroll Roberts
Little Brown Books For Young Readers, 2019
Thirteen-year-old Nikki Doyle’s dreams of becoming a basketball great feel within reach when she’s selected to play on an elite-level club team. But in a league with taller, stronger, and faster girls, Nikki suddenly isn’t the best point guard. In fact, she’s no longer a point guard at all, which leaves her struggling to figure out who she is and how she fits in. Her family situation may be different but the love of mothers shines in this pitch perfect middle grade novel.
We are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2019
From failed endeavors, obstacles (bunnies that eat everything!), and lessons learned, the Gaines family shares how they grew a happy, successful garden.