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Celebrate MOMS, with a kangaroo, a llama, and other furry friends!

The following books feature kangaroo mamas, llama mamas, lamb mamas, bear mamas, giraffe mamas, lion mamas and “people mamas” too.

Plus, if you’re looking to read a story or find a gift perfect for Mother’s Day, any one of these marvelous mom-themed books makes a lovely choice.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?Eric Carle’s book, “Does A Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?” poses an intriguing question to kids – and judging from these fabulous titles, the answer is a resounding: YES!

“Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother Too?” by Eric Carle (Harper Collins)
Eric Carle’s signature collage illustrations and fun read-aloud repetition combine to make yet another classic.  The book asks, “Does a kangaroo have a mother too?” and then reassuringly answers: “Yes, a kangaroo has a mother, just like me and you.”  The question is then joyfully repeated for each of Mr. Carle’s colorful creatures.

“Who Loves The Little Lamb?” by Lezlie Evans; illustrated by David McPhail (Hyperion)
Although visually very different, this book also uses a question-and-answer format to express a mother’s love.  “Who loves the fussy lamb?” it asks.  “Who loves the noisy bird?  Sing sweetly, please, you’ll still be heard.  Mama loves her little bird.”

The reassuring message for kids is: Even when they’re naughty or make mistakes, mothers love them just the same.  With gentle rhyming text and detailed watercolors, it’s a perfect book for bedtime, or anytime.

“Llama Llama Red Pajama,” by Anna Dewdney (Viking)
I just love the “Llama Llama” books.  That goofy-faced little Llama and his oh-so-patient Mama make a fetching pair, and Dewdney’s humorous rhymes and vibrant oil paintings are a hit with kids – and moms too.

“My Mother Is So Smart,” by Tommie DePaola (Putnam)
As a mother of two, any book that starts out, “My mother is so smart,” gets my stamp of approval!  Mr. DePaola (Strega Nona) offers up a sweet ode to the multi-talents of moms with one little boy’s recounting of all the great things his mom can do.  From sewing Halloween costumes to standing on her head, readers will sense the heartfelt admiration the little boy has for his mother, and will likely ponder and appreciate their own mothers’ special talents too.

Read more and find a fun craft project to make on Anika’s blog.

Anika Denise is the author of “Pigs Love Potatoes” and the forthcoming “Bella And Stella Come Home.”  She lives in Barrington, RI with her husband, Christopher — a children’s book illustrator — and their two daughters, ages 8 and 5.  Anika is also the host of Thursday morning story hours at Barrington Books.  You can read more of her children’s book reviews and story hour suggestions at www.bookmarks-ri.blogspot.com and at www.anikadenise.blogspot.com.  For information on her books, visit www.anikadenise.com.

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