Literary Mamas: Mother's Day Books to Fit Any Taste

New York, NY- April 22, 2014 - Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and the deadline for finding that perfect gift is drawing near. This year, forget the flowers and consider one of these thoughtful titles for mom.


Give mom a helping hand in monitoring their children’s online and offline hours with The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime, yummico’s new interactive storybook for the iPad and iPhone. Written by feature filmmaker Caroline Baron (Capote) and illustrated by Traci Paige Johnson (Blue’s Clues), The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime tells the story of Ash & Ollie, two mischievous brothers learning how to balance their time between chores, exploring the outdoors and time online. ScreenTime supports tech-savvy parents who are trying to figure out how to manage children's screen time.

The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch is available for $2.99 on the iTunes App Store:

The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime for Android devices is available for $2.99 on the Google Play store:


Traumatic Stress and Intuitive Healing consultant Paige Valdiserri often found herself writing affirmations for her clients on colorful sticky notes. She encourages her clients to place these mantras, or Paigeisms, by their bedsides, bathroom mirrors or anywhere else they would be seen, so that they could serve as daily guides and validations, and often as lifelines. Now they have been collected and are accompanied by beautiful, inspirational photography in her new book Messages from the Edge: Paigeisms For Transformational Healing.

Messages from the Edge: Paigeisms for Transformational Healing by Paige Valdiserri is available online for $25.00 USD via:

Barnes & Nobles


With the her own brother’s incarceration drama as the backdrop, Anna Shinonda (wife of Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda) has molded her experiences into Learning Not to Drown (Atheneum Books for Young Readers), a new novel for young adults. The book is the story of 17 year old Clare, who discovers over the course of the story the true nature of her incarcerated brother’s crimes. While Anna is adamant that this book is not biographical, the parallels to her own experiences – and others she learned of during her research for the book – are obvious.

Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda is available for $17.99 at major book retailers and online via:

Barnes & Nobles


The charming illustrated book A Bucket of Blessings (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster) helps children recognize that water is a precious gift through the whimsical tale of Monkey, who tries to overcome a drought by helping a peacock perform a rain dance. Mother-son writing duo Surishtha and Kabir Seghal share a story adapted from an Indian myth passed down through the generations, and in doing so continue their family’s exceptional work in writing as well as in humanitarianism. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this book are being donated to charity:water(, an organization that provides clean drinking water to communities in developing nations.

A Bucket of Blessings by Kabir and Surishtha Seghal is available for $16.99 at major book retailers and online via:

Barnes & Nobles

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