Baby Wants Mama

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Simple rhymes, charming images of fun family dinner.

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Educational Value

Readers will find out about the rituals, wants, and needs of a multigenerational family around dinnertime.

Positive Messages

Baby Wants Mama offers a strongly positive, joyous portrayal of family time around dinner -- in particular, the balancing and acknowledging of different members' desires for quiet time, reading, interaction, playtime, and nurturing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are engaged, positive, and present in family life.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Baby Wants Mama's simple rhymes, engaging premise, and bright colors make it ideal for babies, toddlers, and beginning readers.

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What's the story?

It's dinnertime, and everyone wants or needs something different: Dad's hungry, brother's coloring, baby wants to cuddle, and doggy wants to chew on some shoes. Can this family juggle everyone's needs and still get dinner on the table?

Is it any good?

BABY WANTS MAMA is a simple, fun slice-of-life depiction of a busy family winding down at the end of the day to prep for dinner. Everyone's doing his or her own thing, but they're all hungry. Each page offers fun rhymes accompanied by charming watercolor-and-pencil drawings about how pets must be occupied, babies entertained, grandmothers intellectually stimulated, and fathers fed -- and how, at the end, they all come together for a nourishing meal.

Parents can appreciate the universal appeal of a family balancing individual and collective needs at day's end. The book's simple, singsong structure makes it terrific for babies but also toddlers and beginning readers in search of simple sentence structure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dinnertime rituals. How does everyone help get things ready for a big meal?

  • Who are the people in your family? What do they like to do at the end of the day?

  • Does your family include pets? How do you help feed or care for them?

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