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Aimee Reid My newest book, Mama's Day with Little Gray, was inspired by my daughter's words one bedtime when she was about 2-1/2 years old. After I had tucked he…moreMy newest book, Mama's Day with Little Gray, was inspired by my daughter's words one bedtime when she was about 2-1/2 years old. After I had tucked her in, she said, "When I grow up and you grow down . . . ." She went on to talk about all of the fun we would have if our roles were reversed.

These words became the inspiration for those of Little Gray, the young elephant in the book. He dreams of trading places with his mother. What would life be like, he wonders, if he were the big elephant and his mama were the small one?

Each act of the day--eating, swimming, playing in the mud--becomes an opportunity for Little Gray to share his imaginings and for his mama to affirm his competence.

It is special to me that the premise for this book emerged from my daughter's words about growing up and growing down. I had known for a while that young children have a fluid sense of the aging process and that they often dreamed of trading places with an older loved one. It's been lovely to hear from readers about their own experiences of this sort of pretend play with young children in their care.



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Behind the scenes: a free, virtual visit with illustrator Jing Jing Tsong

Did you know that most authors and illustrators never meet? Yet a good picture book is a beautiful marriage of text and art. Opening my computer to see finished illustrations is always a highlight of the process of bringing a book into the world.  Thanks to Telling Tales, a wonderful literacy festival, teachers are invited ... Read more Read more of this blog post »
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Welcome Home by Aimee Reid
"A darling "Welcome Baby" book where many different family members tell the baby hello and "Welcome Home." The illustrations are so sweet and bright with all the pinks, yellows, and blues. Looks like this baby has a fun family they're a part of, now!"
Welcome Home by Aimee Reid
"An easy read and I liked that it rhymed. I enjoyed the illustrations as they had lots of colour. Nice book for welcoming a baby home. Author is also very kind as she included a personalized hand-written card with the giveaway! Thank you"
First Morning Sun by Aimee Reid
"Softly colored illustrations give the feel of warmth and comfort in this book of firsts. From baby's first day we follow the discovery of many new things. Everything is a first for them from talking to walking to playing and performing. Every new thi" Read more of this review »
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