LOVE, MAMA, by Jeanette Bradley, Roaring Book Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (


With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley’s debut picture book Love, Mama is perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother’s love.

When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she’ll return home soon—yet he still can’t help but miss her. After all, Pillow Mama won’t read, Picture Mama won’t laugh, and Snow Mama is too cold to cuddle.

But then Kipling receives a special delivery from Mama, including a note that reads:

My love for you stretches across the wide ocean,
through day and night,
from earth to sky
and back again.

And Kipling knows that no matter where Mama is, he is loved. Soon, Mama comes home, and Kipling ends the day where he belongs—right in her arms.

ISBN: 9781250167187


I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This is a lovely picture book that came out in January of 2018.  If you are looking for a book to help with little ones in explaining lengthy away trips, this book is a perfect choice.

In this day and life when parents are forced to travel with work and may be away for various stretches of time, separation for a child can be incredibly daunting.  This book in all its simplicity, explains separation very well and uses whimsical, and delightful illustrations to compliment the story and usher it along to a wonderful conclusion.

I thought this entire book was such a great and modern premise that is absolutely needed in today’s society!

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