Mother's Day is around the corner and it usually brings about thoughts of care and love. We think of the holiday as solely for those who have children of their own or have a mother to celebrate. However, I've always felt that the holiday was for everyone who has a mission to nurture and love children. Whether these are your own children or not, it is evident that those behind children's books have an invested interest in the responsibility for what children learn, read, and dream.
So I'd like to share excerpts from some of my favorite children's books that celebrate the power of words that children's book writers craft to celebrate motherhood and love. The Children's Book Academy is currently offering so many opportunities to explore poetic technique in writing. These quotes inspire me to see how poetic writing can touch one's heart and soul!
On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
"Life will never be the same."
-Nancy Tillman, On the Night You Were Born
But if I could be yours
and you could be mine
Our cozy little world would be twice as nice.
-Sandra Boynton, Your Personal Penguin
I love you right up to the moon,"
he said, and closed his eyes.
"Oh, that's far," said
Big Nutbrown Hare.
"That is very, very far."
-Sam McBratney, Guess How Much I Love You
"Sometimes", said Pooh, "The smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
-A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
"If you were a big, scary ape, I'd make you a birthday cake out of bananas, and I would tell you "I love you my big scary ape."
-Lisa McCourt, I Love You, Stinky Face
I can't promise to be perfect, this I admit is true; But I can promise this my son - I will ALWAYS love you.
-Bridget Batson, I Promise: A Mother's Poem to Her Son
Happy Mother's Day to all who love children! Do you have a favorite children's book that inspires your love for children?
Lani deGuia is an educator, blogger, and mother of three. She has over 13 years of educational experience as a teacher, instructional technologist, and curriculum developer in traditional and online classroom settings for both K-12 and adult learners. She currently works as a freelance curriculum writer, social media manager, and social influencer for both small and large national businesses. You can find her at Rose Tinted Traveler where she writes about anything that crosses her mind including all things family, parenting, travel, and her digital journal of childhood memories.
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