Check out the Books

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joose and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee (1991)

So begins this bestselling story of a child testing the limits of her independence, and a mother who reassuringly proves that a parent’s love is unconditional and everlasting.

This universal story is made all the more captivating by its unusual Arctic setting, filled with such exciting animals as whales, wolves and puffins. Complemented by a detailed glossary, this tender story will introduce young readers to a distinctively different culture, while at the same time showing that the special love between parent and child is a bond that transcends all boundaries of time and place.

“…this striking volume…uses timeless culture to convey a timeless message.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joose and illustrated   by Barbara Lavallee (2005)

From the creators of the bestselling Mama, Do You Love Me? comes a tender story that reassuringly shows that a father’s love is everlasting and unconditional.

The universal message is made all the more captivating by its magnificent backdrop. Set in Africa, amidst the Maasai culture, the comforting story introduces young readers to a distinctively different culture and awe-inspiring land, while at the same time reminding us that the special bond between a parent and a child is one that transcends all boundaries. A must for every child’s library, like its companion title, this book is destined to become a classic.

“[The] vividly depicted setting underscores the universality of the book’s message.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (1993)

Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats.

“Delightful and informative but never didactic; a splendid debut.” — Kirkus Reviews

The Mountain That Loved a Bird by Alice McLerran and illustrated by Stephen Aitken (2006)

A beautiful bird named Joy stops one day to visit a mountain. Every  spring she flies high in the air, looking for the best place to build her nest and raise her children. As much as Joy would like to stay with the mountain, she must leave to continue her search. After hearing the mountain’s pleas for her to stay, Joy is so touched she makes a very special promise that each spring the mountain will be visited by one of her kin. Over time the birds bring about a wonderful change in the mountain — a change that will transform the mountain forever.

Read more about the book here.

Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon (2012)
When Penguin finds a lost pinecone one day, an unlikely friendship blooms. But Grandpa reminds Penguin that pinecones can’t live in the snow—they belong in the warm forest far away. Though he will miss his friend, Penguin returns Pinecone to his home, dreaming of the day they can reunite. And when he finally returns to the forest to check on his friend, Penguin discovers that love only grows over time—and so do little pinecones!
Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon’s spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating friendships lost and found, and overcoming the odds to be with the one you love.

–This text refers to the Library Binding edition.



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