From morning’s dawn
To setting sun,
A mommy’s work
Is never done.
—from “Mommy’s Work” by Steven Layne
This illustrated collection of poems from a child’s viewpoint includes poignant and humorous examples of the countless ways a mother supports and encourages, celebrates and comforts. “Mom Deserves a Medal,” “Deep in her Heart,” and “Note to God” are some of the nineteen verses that illuminate the various roles a mother plays.
This book makes the perfect companion to Dr. Layne’s first collection of poetry, Verses for Dad’s Heart, and is a generous gift of love for a mother anytime of the year.
About the Author
Steven L. Layne is a faculty member in the Department of Education at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches courses in literature and reading pedagogy. He is the author of six picture books published by Pelican, including the International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council Children’s Choices Selections My Brother Dan’s Delicious and The Teachers’ Night Before Christmas, one of the best-selling books in The Night Before Christmas Series. His most recent picture book, Over Land and Sea, is a personally inspired celebration of international adoption. Layne is also the author of Principal‘s Night Before Christmas, Thomas’s Sheep and the Great Geography Test, and Thomas’s Sheep and the Spectacular Science Project. His novel This Side of Paradise won the 2001 Hal Clement Award for Young Adult Science Fiction. His collection of poems in tribute to fathers, Verses for Dad’s Heart, published in May 2004, is in a second printing. He lives with his wife and children in Saint Charles, Illinois.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Gail Greaves Klinger has been a public-school art instructor for over thirty years. She received her BS in education from Northern Illinois University and is a member of the Illinois Education Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Art Education Association. She lives with her husband and three children in Wheaton, Illinois.
VERSES FOR MOM’S HEART
By Steven L. Layne
Illustrated by Gail Greaves Klinger
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Motherhood
40 pp. 7 x 10
35 color illus.