Book Talk Thursday ~ All About Moms

What a week it has been!  I feel like it has been a whirlwind with testing and children with my husband out of town!  I am lucky to be sitting here to write this blog post tonight.  {I usually have these scheduled ahead of time, but it has been one of THOSE weeks!}  So, here is another installment of Book Talk Thursday!
For today, I have chosen two books that just scream "MOM!"  Since Mother's Day is Sunday, I only felt it appropriate.

The first book is one that every mother should read with their children.  I read it tonight with both of my children and got teary-eyed.  Every mom/guardian should read Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman with their children.
  

The book talks about how someone has longed for someone like a child to love through poetry. The pictures show the child with various animals looking so happy and playing.  It reminds our children that no matter what, we will always love them.  I had to read it to Zack tonight because he struck out in his baseball game tonight, and the book says:
"And if someday you're lonely, 
or someday you're sad, 
or you strike out in baseball,
or think you've been bad...

just lift up your face, feel the wind in you hair.
That's me, my sweet baby, my love is right there."

It is just so reassuring for kids to hear that, even if they think that they are too old to read picture books.  But, it is not just a book for moms, but grandparents, dads, guardians, aunts, godparents...you get the idea.  If you love a child, this book is perfect.

The second book is a fun favorite.  It is one that you could use in the classroom with your students and many first and second graders could read.  I have always loved to read Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman with my own children.
This is a fun book that makes students realize that their mom is special to them.  No one else can be their mothers, and students are able to connect with the bird about who their own moms are.  I love how the bird goes around asking if an animal or object is his mother.

A fun activity for students would be to ask something if it was his or her mother and then show what makes their mother special to them.  So, I have created this writing and coloring page for you to use with your students for Mother's Day.  You can download the freebie by clicking here or on the image below.

Enjoy and Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there!
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