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Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Mamas Blog Tour {review & giveaway}

I'm thrilled to have the Happy Mamas Blog Tour stopping by today! This blog tour is hosted by The Children's Book Review and sponsored by Kathleen Pelley...

Happy Mamas
By Kathleen Pelley
Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper
Happy Mamas is a lyrical read aloud that pays tribute to the universal joys of mothering in the animal and in the human kingdoms. Charming illustrations depict all the activities that bring joy to a mama and her baby over the course of a day: feeding her little ones bundles of bamboo shoots, teaching her calf how to trumpet loud a jungle cheer, playing peek a boo, watching her little ones fly from the nest, singing a serenade to the man in the moon, or crooning owly lullabies through the deep dark woods. But as the moon glows and the stars shine, what is it that makes all Mamas from desert to jungle, from forest to field, from land to sea happiest by far?
Mamas and babies everywhere will delight in this happy romp – a perfect ode to Motherhood. Perfect for one on one sharing or for use in the classroom. Ages 3-6 Ages 3-6 | CWLA Press | October 10, 2016 | 978-1587601606
Available Here: Indiebound /Amazon

Kathleen Pelley was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but spent most of her childhood summers playing on her grandparents’ farm in Ireland. Her passion for stories stemmed from listening to them on the radio during the BBC children’s story hour. Later, her gentle Irish father fanned the flame even more by feeding her his tales of fairies, leprechauns, and banshees.

So much did Kathleen love stories, that off she went to Edinburgh University and earned a degree in HiSTORY. She didn’t much care for all the facts and dates and numbers, but how she loved the stories of Rasputin, Napoleon, and Bonnie Prince Charlie! One character in particular captured Kathleen’s imagination—Florence Nightingale. After completing her degree, Kathleen studied to become a children’s nurse, but it was a brief and disastrous dalliance. For much as Kathleen loved children, she did not like to see them sick and suffering. However, decades later, Kathleen now sees herself as a kind of a nurse, because she believes that stories can heal the hurts in our hearts.

As a former elementary teacher, Kathleen enjoys sharing her passion with people of all ages. She has been a regular speaker at Regis University on “Nurturing a Passion for Stories,” makes frequent presentations at schools and conferences, and has been telling stories at an inner city elementary school for the past 20 years. She believes that one of the best ways to teach our children empathy is through stories that help them “walk a mile in another man’s moccasins.” When she’s not reading, writing, telling, or listening to stories, Kathleen enjoys knitting, Scottish music, and hiking with her husband and two Golden Retriever dogs along the trails of sunny Colorado.


Ruth is a self-taught English artist who fancies herself as a spiffy writer-in-the-making. She is the illustrator of #1 classic The Kissing Hand and Sassafras, and Happy Mamas is her 3rd book for CWLA. Powered by dark chocolate, she heartily knits stories together with letters, pencils and paintbrushes. She is often snatched up by breezes and colors and pint-sized things like rocks, leaves, shells, bugs, feathers, and creatures. You may also find her gardening, hiking, wildly dancing, and riding her bike really fast in an odd looking helmet. She now breathes easy in Iowa with an adorable husband, a dog, two cats, and six marvelous kids between them (with handfuls of grandbabies!). See her art at

*I received a copy of this book for review purposes*

From the desert to the jungle, under the sea, the arctic, and to grassy backyards, Kathleen Pelley's charming Happy Mamas explores the loving and happy relationship between mamas and babies everywhere!

With sweet, whimsical, and sing-song text, Happy Mamas is delightful and captivating. Pelley beautifully captures the hearts and wishes of mamas of all kinds, as their babies fill them with love, pride, and hope. Little readers will love the fun rhyming words used and be enchanted by all the animals throughout. And mamas (and papas) will appreciate and be moved by the heartfelt sentiments on each page.

Ruth Harper's gorgeous illustrations shimmer and glow with soft, lovely colors. Each illustration features expressive characters, fun action, and sweet moments. The human mamas and babies featured are wonderfully diverse.

With so much heart, beautiful pictures, and fun text, Mamas, Papas, and little ones everywhere will love sharing Happy Mamas together!

Enter to win an autographed 6 picture book prize pack from acclaimed author Kathleen Pelley. The prize pack includes finger puppets, adorable stuffed animals, and Happy Mamas (illustrated by Ruth E. Harper, illustrator of the NY Times bestseller The Kissing Hand).

One (1) grand prize winner receives:
Value: $150.00+

Three (3) runner-up prize winners receive:
  • A copy of Happy Mamas autographed by Kathleen Pelley
Value: $14.95

Giveaway begins October 10, 2016, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 10, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. PST. Giveaway open to US and Canadian addresses only. Prizes and samples provided by Kathleen Pelley.

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Danielle H. said...

to "pay tribute" to my own mama, I always make sure to call her and email her as she lives so far away. And when she travels with my dad, I ask that they please update me. And this year my om's birthday gift is a cross stitch piece--she said she wanted me to make her something for her birthday next week so I'm planning on finishing the piece today.

Lynnette said...

Sadly, my momma has passed, but I pay tribute to her regularly by using her many recipes for delicious down-home cooking. My favorites are her meatloaf, mac and cheese, apple pie and orange-walnut breads. YUM!

Anonymous said...

Spend time with them and treasure those moments!