Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 3
Reading takes many forms. Some of us read novels, while others read cookbooks, sheet music, tarot cards, or even the stars in the sky. We read clocks, train schedules, and facial expressions. In this ode to reading, each form is celebrated. Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me follows a young boy and those around him — parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors — as they all read, immersed in what moves them.
Vibrant, whimsical paper collage artwork depicts the colors and textures of the many places in which we read, from hammocks and bubble baths to park benches and waiting rooms. The diverse cityscapes and landscapes often include fanciful elements of imagination.
Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me will leave young readers reveling in this newfound or soon-to-come skill that sparks new adventures and brings people together.
About the authors
Danielle Marcotte was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1950. Following her university degree in literature, Danielle worked in many fields related to writing: journalism, teaching, scriptwriting, publishing, and work in the cultural sector. In 1984, Danielle began to write adult and children’s fiction. With her book Poil de serpent, dent d’araignée, Danielle received the Mr. Christie’s Book Award in 1997. The book also made IBBY’s honor list in 1998. Her children’s novel Les Sabots rouges was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2005. She currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Josée Bisaillon a illustré plus de trente-cinq livres pour enfants et créé de nombreuses illustrations pour des magazines et des journaux. Elle a été finaliste au Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général à deux reprises et a remporté le prestigieux Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award pour The Snow Knows. Il s’agit du quatrième ouvrage de Josée avec Orca, après My Head in the Clouds et Bedtime 123 écrit par Eric Walters, un succès de librairie. Elle vit en banlieue de Montréal avec sa famille.
"The many forms and ways of reading are joyously celebrated in "Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me.""
"A librarian's dream."
School Library Journal
"A combination of collage, paint, and crayon illustrations offer detailed views of this family's many reading scenarios...philosophically astute."
"Gorgeous and sophisticated."
The New York Times
"A contemplative and poetic reflection on the pleasures of story."
Quill & Quire
"A beautiful and inspiring book."
The Midwest Book Review
"A dream book for every parent and teacher and librarian... Danielle Marcotte imparts an important message in an inviting story...a book that all literacy advocates i.e., everyone, should be sharing."
CanLit for Little Canadians