Me & Mama

Book review by
Diondra K. Brown, Common Sense Media
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Warmhearted tale celebrates everyday mother-daughter love.

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Educational Value

Features lots of sensory vocabulary and descriptive language. Underlying theme of sequencing and order throughout the book. 

Positive Messages

Spending a day with your mother is fun and special. 

Positive Role Models

Features a loving African American family. Illustrations celebrate their natural features such as hair texture and skin tone. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mama & Me, by author and illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera, won a 2021 Caldecott Honor. It follows a young girl and her mother as they show their care and appreciation for each other while embarking on an ordinary day. Lyrical writing and bold illustrations show appreciation for African American culture, as they are engrained in tasks of daily living. The main character expresses her desire to be "everywhere Mama is," and the love between the two characters can easily be sensed by readers. 

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What's the story?

MAMA & ME tells the story of a young girl who wakes up with the desire to be "everywhere Mama is." The main character's love for her mother is expressed in the way she emulates her throughout the story. Mama and daughter take care and love with each other throughout the story as they explore the world around them. The girl's feelings are palpable as she is mesmerized by the majestic nature of her mother, and everything she does. The young girl experiences a perfect day with her mama, which ends with a vivid dream of all her favorite memories from the day. 


Is it any good?

This simple, charming story of a young girl and her mother will capture readers' hearts. In Mama & Me, Cozbi A. Cabrera perfectly captures nuances of African American culture with her beautifully bold illustrations and lyrical text. The book highlights the young girl's unique observations of the world and her robust imagination. The descriptive language helps create a distinctive sensory experience for readers. The divine bond between mama and daughter is delightfully celebrated in this must-read.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the day the mom and child spend together in Mama & Me. What do you think are ingredients for a perfect day? Who would you spend the day with? Where would you go? Do you think you would have a dream about your day when you fell asleep at night? 

  • In the story, Mama sings "Good morning to you" in the tune of the birthday song. Is there a special way to say "Good morning" in your family? 

  • Which is your favorite picture? Why?

  • "Mama," "Mommy," and "Mom" are all words for mother. Can you think of any more? Do you know words for mother in other languages? 

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