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4.50  ·  Rating details ·  2,456 ratings  ·  476 reviews
In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don’t work out exactly the way you expect….

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Diana | Book of Secrets
Apr 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-childrens-book
This book hit me in the feels! I can sympathize with the mama, feeling the burden of wanting things to go perfectly for her child, but of course that doesn't always happen. I love how she taught her daughter how to deal with stressful/disappointing situations. Sweet ending, and gorgeous illustrations! ♥ ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deep breathing! Mindfulness for storytime!

EDIT: I've been thinking about this book a lot while sheltering in place. It's about disruption of routine, mindfulness & self-soothing through frustration & disappointment, and making your own fun at home when all of your plans fall apart. It will be the first book I read at storytime when I get back to the library.
Mid-Continent Public Library
Saturday is a special day for Ava and her mother. They have a routine that both love and sometimes an extra surprise like a puppet show. What will they do when a Saturday is less than smooth -- some might consider it a disaster. Can they recover that special Saturday feeling from being together? Oge Mora's signature, collage style shines in this 2021 Building Block Nominee. Mora uses acrylic paint, china markers, patterned paper, and old-book clippings to invite readers into Ava's Saturday with ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Thank You, Omu, last year (well deserved Caldecott honor) and now that Oge Mora has duplicated the same magic here I think it's officially safe to say that she's one of my favorite picture book authors :) ...more
Growth mindset in action.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you loved Oge Mora's THANK YOU, OMU!, you'll love SATURDAY. Mora returns with her brilliant illustrations and heartfelt story. In SATURDAY, Ava and her mom anticipate their special weekly time together, but as often is the case for many of us, life happens. A special thank you to Oge for reminding us the simplest things are the most important. ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In case you weren’t reading my blog last winter, I am in love with Oge Mora’s art! I bought… oh, 5 or so? copies of her debut picture book Thank You, Omu! and gave them to the small children in my life. It was that. good. So when I saw that Mora was doing a signing at ALA, I bought a copy of her new book, Saturday, without hesitation. And friends? It is delightful. Gorgeous, intricate illustrations paired with a lovely story make for another future classic. Saturday is outstanding.

In Oge Mora’s
Chance Lee
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-it
A special book about a special relationship on a special day!
Ms. B
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, picture
4.5 stars. Saturdays are the day that Ava and her mother cherish because they get to spend the day together doing their favorite things. What happens one Saturday when nothing goes as planned? If you're looking for a story about positive attitude, this one is for you. ...more
Megan Sanks
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story and I adored that there were flamingos hidden everywhere!
Oct 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-lit

I knew I wanted to read "Saturday" by Oge Mora when I saw it on the shelves at Barnes and Noble because I love the author. I remember reading "Thank You, Omu!" a few years ago and it felt so powerful to me and it was such a beautiful story with beautiful illustrations, and I wanted to explore the author's other works. "Saturday" is written and illustrated by Oge Mora. It is a Caldecott Honor Award book and is recommended for children ages 4-8 years old. The protagonist of the story is a young gi
Oct 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Author and illustrator Oge Mora's "Saturday" is wonderful classroom read-aloud for Pre-K-2nd grade with so many curricular connections; families, emotions, mindfulness, calendar & days-of-the week, community helpers, and features of print, just to name a few.

Young Ava and her mother love Saturdays--their special day to go to the places they enjoy visiting, like the library and the beauty salon. But this Saturday isn't turning out how they planned: Not one bit! How will Ava and her Mom deal with
Kris Dersch
This was just lovely from start to finish. I adore this illustrator. Ava's mom works six days a week (my kid asked me why she has to work so much and I told him this is the reality for a LOT of families) so Saturday is the day they have to spend together and they have all kinds of plans. But when the plans fall through is it what they do or who they do it with that counts? I love the relatable mom who has her own disappointments...this is not the mom protecting kid from the world narrative but m ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What happens on Saturday.
Mar 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff
Saturday is the only day Ava and her mother get to spend together, and they have special plans to celebrate the day . . . but, things start to go wrong early on, and don't get any better as the day goes on. Can their day out together be salvaged?

A fun story, with colorful collage illustrations by the author.


This is Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child selection for 2022.
as a black girl who had the busiest mom growing up and looked forward to spending Saturdays and special outings with her mom, this made me a little teary in the best way :') Super insightful on how to deal with conflicts outside of your control as a mom, and a child. I loved the illustrations and even more, how the emotions translated through them. ...more
Oct 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
It is a good choice to start the weekend with this story
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
When things don’t turn out as planned, you try to make the best of them! Ava and her mom do just that.
Starting out the 2020 school year with this one to help us connect with the fact that things don't always work out they way we hoped, but we can turn it around to the positive! :)
Destinee Sutton
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a mom who works fulltime, this book tugged my heartstrings hard. The mother and daughter depicted in this story cherish their time together on Saturdays, even when the day is kind of a disaster. It's a simple story with a familiar theme, but it still feels exceptional. The illustrations somehow radiate joy in the bond between parent and child. The story is told with an excellent refrain: they take a deep breath and let it out like "whoosh" when something bad happens. I use Thank You, Omu! a l ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-childrens
Great book that celebrates children spending time with a parent. The focus on having a good time even when things aren’t perfect is a great lessons for children and parents alike. My only issue was that the audio version didn’t allow the reader to complete the story due to not explaining what happened at the end (I’m sure it’s in print format, but I was disappointed that it ended without my being able to tell how they salvaged the day). Great book for children!
Teonna Taylor
Ava cherishes Saturdays! On Saturdays she and her mother have adventures and and spend quality time together. But on this particular Saturday nothing goes as planned. Yet, Ava still loves and appreciates the time she was able to spend with her mother.
Shaye Miller
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ava and her mother have all sorts of wonderful plans for their Saturday. It’s the best day of the week because mother doesn’t go to work. Yet things don’t always go as planned, and this is certainly the case on this particular Saturday. Storytime at the library is canceled, their hairdos are ruined by a car splash, the park is too loud, and they miss the puppet theatre they were so excited to attend. Ultimately, they’re faced with the understanding that Saturdays are special primarily because th ...more
Cecilia Ayard
Jan 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ownvoices
"Saturday" shares the routine of Ava and her mother on the only day they get to spend together, Saturday. Ava's mom works all week except on Saturdays, and they share that day by going to the library, getting their hair done, going to the park, and this Saturday, they were going to attend a puppet show. Although they had a routine, things did not go as planned as everything went wrong. Everything that they would usually do got ruined in one way or another. Just when Ava's mom thought their Satur ...more
Amy Layton
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ADORABLE.  This book.  Is everything.  It's like, the updated version of McKissack's Ma Dear's Aprons in which there's only one day a week for mother and child to really spend time together without the interference of work.  With a collage-esque illustration style, Mora shows that Saturdays are as much of a construction as we can make them, that even when the pieces don't seem to go together, it can still be beautiful and fun!  And the story, UGH, the story!  When their Saturday doesn't go corre ...more
Connie T.
What child doesn't know the disappointment of highly anticipated, carefully made plans going awry? Saturdays are special for Ava because that is the day she gets to spend with her mom. They have a schedule of fun things they usually do and this week will be even better because they have tickets for a one-time-only puppet show. Nothing goes according to plan, yet the two have a splendid day anyway.

I love how they "paused, closed their eyes, and - whew! - let out a deep breath." If only more child
Jan 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ownvoices
This book reminded me so much of me and my mom! It's just been me and my mom basically since I was born and I always cherished the time we spend together even if it doesn't go as planned. Now that I have a job and I'm in school, we sometimes don't spend as much time together on the weekends like we use to, but we will ALWAYS find a way to spend time with one another. Whether we go out to get our nails done or just stay in and watch our favorite shows. I really liked this book because it shows a ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I remember writing in my review for Mora’s first illustrated story that I was looking forward to seeing more of her work. Here it is and it doesn’t disappoint, perhaps I like this more universal story more. Here the mother and daughter look forward to the activities they will do on the Mother’s Day off. Saturday ‘s plans fall apart, but this mother daughter duo save the evening.
Love the fact that the first activity was going to storytime at the library.
Love how Mora sometimes has old book clippi
Marathon County Public Library
Today will be special. Today will be splendid. Today is Saturday! Ava's mother works Sunday through Friday, so their Saturdays together are precious. Saturdays are filled with fun activities the mother-daughter duo partake in together: story time at the library, visits to the salon, and picnics in the park.

When Ava and her mother have a not-so-great Saturday, they take deep breaths and realize what is the best about Saturdays: precious time together. This tale is a great bedtime, story time, or
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this book for the story and the illustrations! This story is about Ava and her Saturday with her mom. In the story, Ava's mom has to work a lot. This is becoming more and more common with students and I think it's important for them to see this. Many students come from two income households. Ava knows that Saturday is the day that she can spend with her mom, so she has lots of things planned. However, things keep going wrong (as life does) and Ava must decide what is truly important. The ...more
Lin Lin
I like this new book written by Oge Mora, who also wrote the award-winning "Thank you, Omu!". The bonding between the mother and the daughter is so strong that even a series of "unfortunate" events won't affect it. They enjoy spending time together and every Saturday becomes special. I would encourage my teacher candidates to include this book in their unit plan on family to increase the diversity of their selections. ...more
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