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.
“Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch Publisher: Firefly Books ISBN-13: 978-0920668375
A young woman holds her newborn son and looks at him lovingly. Softly she sings to him: “I’ll love you forever. I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” As the little baby grows up, he is often a handful. His terrible twos involve flushing his mother’s watch down the toilet. His teenaged-years are filled with strange friends and strange music. And while his mother becomes frustrated at times, she never stops holding him and singing to him. Eventually, the son is an adult, and when his mother becomes sick, it is his turn to cradles her sing his own version of the same loving song that she had sung to him all his life.