A Delightful, Original Gift for Mother's Day: Big, Beautiful Book of 'Mommy Poems'

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Highlights for Children, Inc.

    HONESDALE, Pa., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a well-known fact that being
 read to as a very young child is one of the most important elements in
 anyone's developing into an eager reader.  Read to, that is, by either parent,
 or other caregiver, and read to from wonderful books.
     Mother is at the top of any list of readers children prefer. That's not to
 put others down, but the poems in John Micklos, Jr.'s compilation, "Mommy
 Poems," just published by Boyds Mills Press of Honesdale, Pa., make it clear
 that Mom is ultra-special:
 
     "But Mommy reads my favorite book,
      A naptime story treat.
      Then she sings a lullaby,
      Her voice is sugar sweet.
 
      Her arms are warm and gentle,
      The pillow soft and deep.
      And then, before I know it,
      I've drifted off to sleep."
 
     Thus two stanzas of Miklos' own poem "Naptime." In this handsome, 9 by
 10 inch "big book" of poems, five of eighteen poems are by Micklos, the rest
 by contemporary poets with distinguished records in writing verse kids love
 (and Mommies, Daddies, and other teachers love to read to them). Among them
 are Lee Bennett Hopkins, Arnold Adoff, Aileen Fisher, and Nikki Giovanni.
     Enhancing the poems in the 32-page picture book are gorgeous full-color
 illustrations by artist Lori McElrath-Eslick -- vivid, warm paintings of
 mothers and kids in the situations we all remember for a lifetime: climbing
 into bed with Mommy, trying on four big hats at a time, having Mommy serve us
 soup and toast (with the crusts trimmed) when we're sick.
     Micklos' other book with Boyds Mills Press is, not surprisingly, "Daddy's
 Poems," published in 2000. The father of two young children and president of
 Edpress, the Association of Educational Publishers, he is also editor-in-chief
 of "Reading Today," the membership newspaper for the International Reading
 Association. He lives in Newark, Delaware.
     Artist Lori McElrath-Eslick is the mother of two and lives in North
 Muskegon, Michigan. She previously illustrated Read for Me, Mama by Vashanti
 Rahaman, also published by Boyds Mills Press.
     Boyds Mills Press, founded in 1990, is the kids' books publishing arm of
 Highlights for Children, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, the parent company of the
 young people's magazine of the same name.
 
 

SOURCE Highlights for Children, Inc.
    HONESDALE, Pa., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a well-known fact that being
 read to as a very young child is one of the most important elements in
 anyone's developing into an eager reader.  Read to, that is, by either parent,
 or other caregiver, and read to from wonderful books.
     Mother is at the top of any list of readers children prefer. That's not to
 put others down, but the poems in John Micklos, Jr.'s compilation, "Mommy
 Poems," just published by Boyds Mills Press of Honesdale, Pa., make it clear
 that Mom is ultra-special:
 
     "But Mommy reads my favorite book,
      A naptime story treat.
      Then she sings a lullaby,
      Her voice is sugar sweet.
 
      Her arms are warm and gentle,
      The pillow soft and deep.
      And then, before I know it,
      I've drifted off to sleep."
 
     Thus two stanzas of Miklos' own poem "Naptime." In this handsome, 9 by
 10 inch "big book" of poems, five of eighteen poems are by Micklos, the rest
 by contemporary poets with distinguished records in writing verse kids love
 (and Mommies, Daddies, and other teachers love to read to them). Among them
 are Lee Bennett Hopkins, Arnold Adoff, Aileen Fisher, and Nikki Giovanni.
     Enhancing the poems in the 32-page picture book are gorgeous full-color
 illustrations by artist Lori McElrath-Eslick -- vivid, warm paintings of
 mothers and kids in the situations we all remember for a lifetime: climbing
 into bed with Mommy, trying on four big hats at a time, having Mommy serve us
 soup and toast (with the crusts trimmed) when we're sick.
     Micklos' other book with Boyds Mills Press is, not surprisingly, "Daddy's
 Poems," published in 2000. The father of two young children and president of
 Edpress, the Association of Educational Publishers, he is also editor-in-chief
 of "Reading Today," the membership newspaper for the International Reading
 Association. He lives in Newark, Delaware.
     Artist Lori McElrath-Eslick is the mother of two and lives in North
 Muskegon, Michigan. She previously illustrated Read for Me, Mama by Vashanti
 Rahaman, also published by Boyds Mills Press.
     Boyds Mills Press, founded in 1990, is the kids' books publishing arm of
 Highlights for Children, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, the parent company of the
 young people's magazine of the same name.
 
 SOURCE  Highlights for Children, Inc.