Reader's Roundup: Classics and new books for Mother's Day

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Celebrate Mother’s Day with new and classic tales of motherhood with recommendations for all age groups.

Ages 1-3

Rock-A-Bye Romp, by Linda Ashman. Illustrations by Simona Mulazzani?

This picture book weaves a gentle fantasy around the baby who finds himself in the nursery rhyme “Rock-a-bye, Baby.” A marvelous adventure ensues, taking Baby from a nest in the tree to a lively farm full of animals, and finally on a flight through the night sky. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $16.99.

Ages 3-5

Ella and the Mother’s Day Surprise, by Grosset & Dunlap

Ella and Frankie are planning the best Mother’s Day ever! But when an unexpected rain storm sets in, their big plans get washed out. Ella and Frankie figure out a way to save Mother’s Day by showing their moms the most amazing time imaginable. Based on an animated preschool show on Disney Junior. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers.Paperback, $3.99.

Baby Penguins Love their Mama, written and illustrated by Melissa Guion?

When you’re a mama penguin with lots (and lots) of little ones, the days can melt together in a blur. Mama loves her babies so much. Do they know, she wonders, just how much? As it turns out, they do — because they love her just as much! Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers.Board book, $6.99.

Ages 3-7

Make Way for Ducklings written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. New map illustrations by Paul Zelinsky.

This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers. Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions. The 75th anniversary edition will include a full-color map of Boston, fancifully illustrated by Caldecott winner Paul Zelinsky. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers.Hardcover, $24.99.

Shh! Bears Sleeping, by David Martin. Art by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher?

A stunning picture book with lilting read-aloud rhymes introduces young children to the yearly cycle of the lives of bears. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers.Hardcover, $16.99.

Ages 5-8

Little Tree, written and illustrated by Loren Long

In the middle of a little forest there lives a Little Tree, who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers.Hardcover, $17.99

All ages

Chicken Soup for the Soul, for Mom, with Love,

101 Stories about Why We Love Our Mothers, by Amy Newmark?

A collection of the best stories about mom from the Chicken Soup for the Soul's library, the royalties of this installment is being donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing. Paperback, $14.95.

Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom, Tools for Reducing Stress, Anxiety and Mood Swings During Your Pregnancy, by Alice D. Domar, PH.D., with Sheila Curry Oakes

A book for the emotional journey of pregnancy, Domar's book gives tips to manage feelings and avoid stress-related health issues. Penguin Random House. Paperback, $17. On sale August 30.