ISBN: 978-1-84686-418-6


MY MAMA EARTH, by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Melissa Launay

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A celebration of Mother Earth and the bond between a mother and her child, MY MAMA EARTH won the Moonbeam Gold for Best Picture Book of 2012 as well as being named “Top Green Toy” by Watch the wonder experienced by a small child journeying through the world and round the day taking in the many magnificent aspects of nature. This imaginative and lyrical picture book showcases the love between a mother and child, celebrating the ever-changing beauty of the natural world along the way.

Enjoy this lovely song and video created by Julia Bordenaro.

This is a video of my book launch at Book Passage. I am dressed as Mama Earth and use props, puppets and multimedia to engaged various learning modalities.


Named “Best New Book of 2016” on The Children’s Book Review January 2016 round-up list.

Booklist — “Rare is the book that can teach seasons, months, shapes, and colors all at once.”

School Library Journal — “The story flows well and the rhymes are easy to read aloud…Verdict overall: this is an enjoyable and effective concept book that will be appreciated by adults and children alike.”

Angus & Robertson Bookworld — “Bold colors, adorable characters, and lyrical text fuse together perfectly in this truly creative look at the world around us.”

Cracking The Cover — Explore shapes and seasons in ‘All Year Round’

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A world of shapes, twelve months abound,
from four-cornered square, to circle, round.

Months and shapes are paired together in Susan B. Katz’s “All Year Round.” Her text is paired with debut illustrator Eiko Ojala’s charming cut-paper artwork. The simple text and colorful illustrations work in harmony. For example: January’s text, “Circle round, ready to roll. Add two sticks, a carrot and coal” is accompanied by an image of two children and a puppy building a snowman.

I currently live in a world of numbers, letters, colors and shapes. My almost-2-year-old is obsessed. We must say letters, count objects, assign colors and point out shapes. Every time we pass a road sign, I hear the word “shape” from the backseat of our car. Upon further questioning, said 2-year-old will either say the shape’s name or tell me “no” until I recite the correct one. I feel like this “All Year Round” was made for her.

“All Year Round” offers a strong reinforcement of shapes while discovering seasons, too. Each page has numerous items to point out and discuss. Bold colors and cute characters make each page turn a delight.

While the publisher’s suggested age range is 4-6, I’d definitely go younger with this one. It’s simple and fun and is the perfect way to pique interest if it’s not already there.