Erma Bombeck, the Original Mommy Blogger

"Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy." If you read the newspaper between 1965 and 1996, you know who Erma Bombeck was. Her humor column chronicled the everyday life of American suburban mothers: carpooling, diets, children, housework, clothes shopping, suburban homes… She found the funny side of it all. […]

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5 Reasons Moms Are the Best

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Mother's Day is the perfect day to share a book with your mom or with any of the mother figures in your life.  Why are moms so special? Let these five pictures books explain: 1.  Moms love us unconditionally, like the mother in the classic The Runaway Bunny.  When a young rabbit wants to run away, he tells his mother how […]

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Non-Mom Books for Mother’s Day

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Mother's Day tends to bring pink greeting cards and flowery Instagram posts, but sometimes the important women in our lives are not the ones that we call Mom. So here are some books to check out if you're looking for a family that doesn't fit the standard mold. L. M. Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables features one […]

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Five of the Worst Mothers in Fiction

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Some mothers are good, some are bad and some are absolutely awful. In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the worst mothers fiction has to offer. From brainwashing to exorcisms to arsenic-laced donuts, here are some fictional mothers you'll love to hate: In The Manchurian Candidate, Eleanor Iselin is not […]

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Every Day Is Mother’s Day at Blackstone Branch

For three days at Blackstone Branch, children made Mother's Day gifts for the number one woman in their life.  Kids 2 to 10 participated in this time honored celebration of Mom.  Earlier this month, children listened to stories, made Mother's Day cards and potpourri balls. Books such as Llama Llama Red Pajama and A Special Day […]

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Mother, May I Read A Good Book?

Mother's come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few recommended reads for preteens that feature an influential maternal figure. Coraline: Fans of the macabre may appreciate Coraline's creepy journey through a door in her house that leads to a mysterious world. Like many stories about fantastic quests, her experiences with the "Other Mother" (complete […]

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Moms: The Good, the Bad, the Homicidal

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Moms love us, nurture us and drive us crazy. Sometimes quite literally. Enjoy Mother's Day and be glad some of these moms are only fiction: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Reporter Camille Preaker returns home to cover the deaths of two pre-teens. Once there she reunites with her mother and half-sister and begins to revisit a dark and […]

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Picture Books About Mothers


Celebrate Mother's Day with young children by sharing one of these excellent books: Before I Was your Mother  This is one of my favorite books about mothers and daughters. In it, a mother shares with her child all the things she liked when she was young, including playing outside with her best friend, fighting with […]

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Having Children Can Be A Challenge

In honor of Mother's Day, let's take a look at two different mothers in the world of fiction. In The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, follow the Shepherd family through multiple decades of the African-American Great Migration. Starting with the death of her newborn twins, each of Hattie's children has a chapter in this novel […]

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