- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publication Date: April 1, 2008
- Price: $16.95
- Trim Size: 10 x 10
- ISBN: 0-8109-9482-8
- EAN: 9780810994829
- Page Count: 32
- Illustrations: 32 pages of full-color illustrations
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: North American English
An imaginative and heartwarming ode that celebrates a parent’s affection for a child
If I were a skywriter, I’d write your name up high
In sparkling golden loop-the-loops across a summer sky.
To what heights will a mom or dad go to celebrate their love for a son or daughter? Will they climb Mount Everest? Will they write a hit song? From making pizza as a chef and blasting off as an astronaut visiting Mars, to gathering gemstones as a geologist and granting wishes as a genie, a parent’s fanciful desires for his or her child come true as the child discovers each wonder while mom lovingly looks on. This book is a great read aloud at storytime to subtly introduce careers, soothing as a bedtime book or lullaby, and an ideal gift for new mothers and for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
The dynamic first-time author and illustrator team treats parents and children to a story that celebrates affection with imagination. The free lines and warm, soft colors of Marcellus Hall’s illustrations bring to life Sherry North’s rhythmic and lively text, resulting in a heartfelt testament to the boundless love of a parent.
Praise for Because You Are My Baby
“Around this time of year, in anticipation of Mother’s Day, the shelves are flooded with sentimental books about how much mothers love their children. That’s not a bad thing; it’s certainly something to be celebrated. But when a book comes along that portrays this powerful love in a fresh and spirited way, that’s truly cause for celebration. The fantasies are clever and the bold watercolor illustrations of the intrepid duo are delightfully retro.”
“Hall makes an impressive picture book debut. Hall's radiant, double-page watercolors showcase his gifts for dramatic sweep and comic telling detail.”
“An energetic and inspiring testament to motherhood.”
“Rhythms reminiscent of those in Margaret Wise Brown’s Runaway Bunny.”
About the author
Sherry North is a former writer and producer for CNN Headline News, and her work for children has appeared in Highlights magazine. She lives with her husband and son in Sunrise, Florida. This is her first picture book.
Marcellus Hall has created artwork for the New Yorker, Time, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Parenting, and Nick magazine. This is his first children’s book. Raised in Minneapolis, he currently lives in New York City.