Theme: Mother and child

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

No longer content to lay eggs on command only to have them carted off to the market, a hen glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild–and to hatch an egg of her own.

Descriptors: Asia, Fiction, Intermediate (ages 9-14), Korea » Other Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment


The sun is not yet up when a small elephant named Raju embarks with his mother on a special outing. As they meet a slithering snake in the forest, snapping crocodiles in the river, even a tiger in the tall grass, Raju’s mother shoos the scary creatures away and keeps her little one safe. Holding […]

Descriptors: Africa, Early Years (ages 2-6), England (UK), Picture Book » Other Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Bilby: Secrets of an Australian Marsupial

In the hostile Australian desert, a mother bilby gives birth to a baby. Nestled in a burrow deep underground, she cares for her little one. Soon he must grow up and learn to survive in a harsh environment. Nature-loving readers can follow the story of this elusive marsupial, learning its secrets even as it burrows […]

Descriptors: Australia, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Other Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

The Everlasting Embrace

Each morning as the sun brightens the West African sky, mother and child prepare to start their day. They spend it bound together, the child riding on the mother’s back watching their world go past. Pounding millet, drawing water from the well, visiting friends, shopping at the outdoor market. They share the days in perfect […]

Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Fiction, Mali, Picture Book » Other Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Night Sounds

When the moon comes up over the mountains, all the animals in the rain forest go to sleep. But, what’s that noise? And how can the animals make it stop? “Wuaaah, wuaaah, wuaaah.” The noise goes on and on. Cuddled up inside an abandoned box, someone is sobbing, and one by one, the animals try […]

Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Fiction, Picture Book, Spain » Other Themes: , , » Leave a comment

There’s Going To Be A Baby

In a first-time creative pairing, two of the world’s most treasured picture book creators offer a truly delightful book for new-siblings-to-be.When is the new baby coming? What will we call it? What will he do? We don’t really need a baby, do we? With sensitivity and wit, John Burningham follows the swirl of questions in […]

Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), England (UK), Picture Book » Other Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Busy-Busy Little Chick

Mama Nsoso knows her chicks need a warm new house, but each day when they set out to collect sticks and mud she is distracted by good things to eat, while Little Chick stays busy gathering the building materials himself.

Descriptors: England (UK), Fantasy, Picture Book, Young Adult (ages 14-18) » Other Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Mommy’s Little Monster

Tiny Troll is very unhappy that his mother is leaving him with a babysitter while she goes to a party for grown-ups.

Descriptors: England (UK), Fantasy, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Other Themes: , » Leave a comment

Mommy! Mommy!

Follow two chicks on a search through the barnyard for their mother hen.

Descriptors: Asia, Fiction, Infant/toddler (ages 0-2), Japan, Picture Book » Other Themes: , » Leave a comment

Utterly Lovely One

A mother crane celebrates her little one’s loveliness and draws other animal species into the circle of love.

Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Europe, Fantasy, Ireland, Picture Book » Other Themes: , » Leave a comment
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