Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: You Made Me A Mother by Laurenne Sala

by Laurenne Sala
Illustrated Robin Preiss Glasser
Harper Collins
Picture Book 
ages 4 to 8
32 pages

In this beautiful celebration of motherhood, the universal message of unconditional love for a child shines through. Laurenne Sala's heartwarming text, accompanied by Robin Preiss Glasser's charming illustrations, creates a firsthand look at the powerful bond between mother and child from pregnancy to birth and beyond.


This picture book centers on the beauty of motherhood with a lovingly written text and beautiful illustrations.

Told from a mother's point of view, the first page starts with a calming scene of a pregnant mother enjoying the wait while the child grows inside of her. The narration continues step by step from there, revealing the loving thoughts and feelings up until birth and several years beyond. Love and warmth radiate from every page, making the special bond a mother has to her child very clear. And young kids will feel this.

The illustrations harmonize with the text and invite young listeners to flip through them time and again as they think of their own relationship with their mother.

Although anyone can use this as a calming, bedtime read, this book centers on mothers and will have the biggest impact and meaning when read by a mother to her child. The simple text and cute illustrations fit well to younger listeners (around ages 2-4), although the thoughts and wishes during the pregnancy itself are a little more than children will be able to wrap their heads around. In some respects, this book is more inspiring for the mother than the young listener. But especially first time mothers will enjoy reading this with their children (a great present idea) and should expect cuddle moments during and after the read.

Summed up, this is a beautiful picture book, which centers around the special bond between a mother and her child. The illustrations bring the words to life, insuring the feeling of love and warmth emit from each and every page.

And here she is. . .

Laurenne Sala began her career as an advertising copywriter, writing national campaigns for clients like KIA Motors, Jack-in-the-Box, and Beats by Dre. She has written everything from the copy on a VitaminWater bottle to funny videos for BuzzFeed. After hiding lots of family drama during her teens and twenties, she finally told all her secrets on stage and in writing, which helped her feel such catharsis that she started her own storytelling show, Taboo Tales. She leads writing workshops and speaks at colleges around the country in order to help others create comedy pieces out of their authentic stories and give them the opportunity to release them on stage in front of a live audience. Laurenne's first foray into children’s books is You Made Me a Mother, with You Made Me a Father coming shortly after. She’s fallen in love with the kid lit community, and she hopes there’ll be many more picture books to follow. Find out more at