To be a mother is to be a teacher. Now, that is not to say that just because someone is a mother she is automatically qualified to teach in a classroom, but often mothers are among the first people to teach children their earliest lessons like their first words and right and wrong. So in honor of mothers everywhere, we at OutlooK-12 are dedicated this month’s School Library to children’s books about mothers. We also want to wish you, our readers, a Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in your lives.
“Happy Mother’s Day, Mami!” by Leslie Valdes
Publisher: San Val
It’s El Día de las Madres, and Dora wants to make a “banana-nut-chocolate cake” for her Mami. With her friend Map’s help, she learns that she has to visit the Banana Grove, the Nutty Forest and the Chocolate Tree to get all the ingredients she needs to make the cake. Like the show “Dora the Explorer,” the book is interactive in nature with Dora asking the reader to, for example, find the three ripe yellow bananas in the bunches of green ones. Fans of the TV show also get to see other characters celebrating Mother’s Day with their own mothers as Dora gathers what she needs for her cake.