The first time I read Andrew Clements’ Because Your Mommy Loves You (illustrated by R.W. Alley) with my 4yo son Eli, I couldn’t get past the third page without crying. The second time I tried, tears started flowing by page 6. In fact, I’ve never gotten through a complete reading of this simple, powerful book without getting a little emotional.
- About Because Your Mommy Loves You:
When a little boy and his mom go camping, mini-disasters abound, and there are lots of opportunities for Mom to step in and fix everything. But instead, with a loving touch, this mommy shows her child ways to do things for himself, going far to encourage her child’s independence. And there is still plenty of opportunity for snuggling under the stars. This warm and humorous testament to all the loving things a supportive mom does each day is every bit as heartwarming as its predecessor (‘Because Your Daddy Loves You’) and is sure to become a favorite for families everywhere.
- About author Andrew Clements:
Andrew Clements is the author of many best-selling books, among them the middle grade novel Frindle. He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts, and can be found at www.andrewclements.com.
- About illustrator R. W. Alley:
R. W. Alley is the illustrator of many beloved picture books, including the Paddington Bear series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit him at www.rwalley.com.
This book resonates so powerfully with me because I am constantly negotiating that fine balance between wanting to help my children, but also wanting them to help themselves. This is true not only for my 4yo, but for each of my children, especially my 18yo daughter as she prepares for graduation and college. I think the reason I cry at nearly every reading of this book is because its honesty hits so close to home, and also validates all the hard work I do as a mom.
Because Your Mommy Loves You is a book I believe every family should own. It’s a sweet example of how a mother’s love doesn’t always mean stepping in and doing things for our children, but being there to teach them and give them the confidence to do for themselves.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Prizing and sample courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.