Once Upon a Story
January 15, 2014

Baby_Penguins_Love_their_Mama coverBaby Penguins Love Their Mama

Published by: Philomel

Release date: January 2014

Ages: 3-5

Pages: 32

From the publisher:

When you’re a mama penguin with lots (and lots) of little ones to take care of, the days can melt together in a blur. Monday: swimming lessons. Tuesday: sliding. Wednesday: waddling. And on and on. Mama loves her babies so much. Do they know, she wonders, just how much? As it turns out, they do–because they love her just as much! And to show it, they surprise her with a thoughtful gesture of their own on Sunday. In her companion to Baby Penguins Everywhere! Melissa Guion offers another adorable book for sharing between mother and child.


Y’all, I am so happy to have Melissa Guion on the blog today!  I “met” Melissa a few month ago when I was happily chatting with another writer friend about her first book, Baby Penguins Everywhere!  Melissa hopped right in, and she’s warm and funny and can relate to all my parenting dramas.

So when I was asked a short time later if I would be interested in having her stop by to share a little bit about her new book, of course the answer was “YES!”

A little more about Melissa before I hand over the reins:Melissa Guion Headshot_credit John Trotter

Melissa Guion’s first picture book, Baby Penguins Everywhere!, was selected for The Original Art 2012, an exhibition of the year’s best illustrated children’s books. Melissa swears she could draw baby penguins all day, but she may take a hiatus to do a book about her daughter’s guinea pigs. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit her website:http://www.melissaguion.com/


And now, ladies and gentlemen, Melissa herself:


BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA is a follow-up to BABY PENGUINS EVERYWHERE!, my first picture book. That first book was about the happiness of a new family. And the challenges. I wrote it when my daughter was very young.
I wrote the the second book to follow the story of that penguin family. I mean, I told myself I was following the penguins, but I guess it reflects my experiences with my own daughter. 
The second book looks at reciprocity. Before I became a mom, I knew what it mean to be on the receiving end of maternal love. I didn’t get the mother’s perspective. I hadn’t experienced the deep satisfaction of seeing your children get stronger. The pleasure of teaching them things, with all the failures and funny mishaps and triumphant successes, on their part and on yours. And the incredible bittersweetness throughout, because you watch them gain confidence, you witness the birth of their independence, which will lead them away from you. I tried to reflect both sides. I don’t expect kids to see the parent’s perspective, but it’s there. Maybe the parent doesn’t always remember the child’s perspective either! But hopefully in the shared experience of reading, there are things both parents and kids can recognize and enjoy. And they get to look at penguins! Which are cute!
Melissa Guion post for NoVaLibMom
(Image used with author permission)
Thank you so much, Melissa, for stopping by!
But we’re not done yet!  Keep reading to find out where Melissa will be stopping on her web tour next.  And then check out the giveaway I have for you today!
Be sure to follow the adorable mama and baby penguins on Melissa Guion’s blog tour!
Monday, Jan 13
Susan Heim on Parenting
Tues, Jan 14
The Children’s Book Review
Wed, Jan 15
Once Upon a Story
Thurs, Jan 16
Kid Lit Frenzy
Fri, Jan 17
Momma Drama
Sat, Jan 18
Booking Mama
Mon, Jan 20
5 Minutes for Books
Tues, Jan 21
Just a Little Creativity
Wed, Jan 22
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thurs, Jan 23
Geo Librarian
Fri, Jan 24
As They Grow Up
Sat, Jan 25
Obsessive Mommy
Check out this GIVEAWAY!
One lucky winner will receive a deliciously-scented mama and baby penguin goat’s milk soap (for preening practice, of course!) and a signed copy of BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA.  (U.S. addresses only.)  Entries close at midnight on January 29th.


3 responses to “Guest Post and Giveaway: Baby Penguins Love Their Mama”

  1. Thank you for having me over to your wonderful blog, Maria. I look forward to meeting you in the flesh soon!

  2. Catherine says:

    I love the penguin illustration – it’s adorable. Will definitely be looking out for this book 🙂

  3. stacybuckeye says:

    Looks so cute. I think my son will love it.

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