A Month to Recognize Moms of All Kinds
This e-mail is being sent out after the one-day celebration of mothers, Sunday, May 12. However, the whole month can serve as a time to recognize the role mothers play in our lives. In addition, we can expand the definition of "mother" to include those who are not necessarily our biological mothers; for example, animals also display maternal emotions similar to the emotions we recognize in humans. The Eight Cousins staff has selected books that celebrate or define motherhood in its many and diverse forms.
Charlotte in Charlotte's Web is certainly a "motherly" character. She looks after, and saves, Wilbur--"some pig"! She is wise beyond her years, even for a spider. And although we lose Charlotte in the end, she becomes an actual mother, and leaves behind a pack of little Charlottes to carry on her legacy. ~Emily
Marmee, in Little Women, is the March girls beloved mother. She is the glue that holds the family together when Mr. March is away during the Civil War. Strong and practical, Marmee is the person the family turns to in times of strife, or just for general advice. She is the epitome of idealized motherhood. ~Lindsay
Author Helen Philips confronts the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence. Laura van den Berg has described The Need as "an existential page-turner that captures, with perfect sharpness, the fierce delirium of motherhood." ~Joanne
Jasmine Toguchi is the creation of author Debbi Michiko Florence and the title character in a new popular series for emerging readers. InDrummer Girl, Jasmine hopes to enter the school's talent show--but what is her talent?
Jasmine's mom comes to the rescue and introduces her to the taiko, a traditional Japanese drum. Jasmine finally finds an activity that feels just right, and the story takes off. ~Audrie
In an emotional scene, Mama, as she lay dying, hugged and patted the back of a man who had been her friend for almost 40 years--a reassuring and very human, motherly gesture. ~Mary Fran
Celebrating moms, mommies, mamas, and families, this new board book by Michael Joosten and illustrated by Izak Zenou is an adorable addition to first libraries. Look for the My Two Dads and Me companion title on the Father's Day display! ~Sara
Beyond One Celebratory Day
Nicholas Kristof's op-ed column in the May 12 New York Times, "For Mother's Day, Save Women's Lives," was a call to action. Kristof declares: "I can't think of any group of people more selfless and loving than mothers. But this celebration of motherhood is also hypocritical. For all our rhetoric, we routinely fail mothers here in the U.S. and around the world." Pretty strong words! What could an independent bookstore do to address such a huge issue?
As it turns out, Eight Cousins does have programs in place designed to assist mothers (fathers, too!). Sara Hines is part of a program for new and expectant parents at Falmouth Hospital, where she explains the importance of reading to babies from day one.
Eight Cousins has another year-round program: The Giving Tree First Library. In partnership with The Coalition for Children, Cape Cod Child Development, Cape Cod WIC, and you, we sponsor libraries for local children ages 0-3 for one year. With a donation of $100, one child will receive a book a month for one year. Eight Cousins selects and delivers books each month from January - December.
Research has shown that reading to children ages 0-3 benefits language skills, brain development, socialization, numeracy, critical thinking, behavior, empathy.
"What happens during the first few years sets the stage for the rest of a child's life." (Reach Out and Read)
"Reading aloud with young children can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn language and early literacy skills." (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Give a gift that will grow for life and support mothers and fathers in their child's development during the first critical years. This is an annual program, so right now we can't accept new donors. We invite you to join the First Library as the the new year approaches. If you have any questions or would like information about The Giving Tree First Library, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the PBS NewsHour/New York Times monthly book club, Now Read This
It's easy! Just follow the link below and join the group. Each month, the PBS NewsHour/NYTimes book club, Now Read This, selects a book for discussion. The book for May is An Odyssey, by Daniel Mendelsohn.
During the month, there is information about the selected book and its author online. Readers are encouraged to submit questions to the author, some of which will be aired on the PBS NewsHour at the end of each month.
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