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You Made Me a Mother

by Laurenne Sala
illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Have you seen the You Made Me a Mother video? (If not, find it in the Parents' Corner below!)  Just in time for Mother's Day, HaperCollins has turned this popular poem-turned-video into a beautiful and touching picture book.

You Made Me a Mother by Laurenne Sala and Robin Preiss Glasser - offtheshelfblog.com

While the text will resonate with the moms who read You Made Me a Mother, the illustrations will draw young readers into the story, making it a perfect choice for a cozy read-together. Kids love hearing about when they were babies, and this is a great conversation starter to share special stories with them. They never tire of hearing even the same stories over and over again, and they will giggle at the antics of their younger self!

 You Made Me a Mother is a great gift to give to a special mother you know, or to even give yourself, to celebrate the unique relationship of mother and child. 

In this Issue


Yarn and Nature Silhouettes

Yarn and Nature Silhouettes outdoor art activity - offtheshelfblog.com

Isn't it fun when your young reader draws a picture of you, to see yourself through their eyes? Partner up with your young reader and head outside to create a variation on this idea, using yarn and nature as your art supplies.

Yarn and Nature Silhouettes outdoor art activity - offtheshelfblog.com

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The fun starts by taking turns lying in the grass and tracing each other with yarn, then collecting treasures from nature to add details like eyes and mouths, hair, and clothing. Let your young reader create you, and you create your young reader, or collaborate on both. What fun to see how your young reader will use nature to create these drawings! Be sure to take pictures to capture these unique family portraits!

Yarn and Nature Silhouettes outdoor art activity - offtheshelfblog.com

Yarn and Nature Silhouettes


  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Nature items
  1. Have your child lay in the grass. Trace their silhouette with yarn. Have them carefully get up. Repeat the process with your child tracing you. 
  2. Collect items to fill in the details of each silhouette as desired. We used violets, dandelions, leaves of lamb's ear, sticks, bark, maple "helicopters" and weeds. What treasures will you use?


Handprint Cookies

Handprint Cookies recipe inspired by You Made Me a Mother by Laurenne Sala and Robin Preiss Glasser - offtheshelfblog.com

Let your young reader's handprints be all over these cookies! Make these tasty whole grain cookies even more special by making them in the shape of your young readers' hands. Young readers will be very proud to not only help make the cookie dough, but also to use their own handprint template to create the shape of the cookies. 

Handprint Cookies recipe inspired by You Made Me a Mother by Laurenne Sala and Robin Preiss Glasser - offtheshelfblog.com 

Handprint Cookies

Makes 8-12 cookies.

Make the Handprint Template 

Have your child place their hand on a sheet of paper or wax paper. Trace around the hand, leaving a little extra space all around to give the cookies plenty of substance (and to make them less fragile). Cut out.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until combined. 
  5. Divide the dough in two and from each into a flat disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until the dough is chilled, 45 minutes to 1 hour. 
  6. Unwrap one dough disk and roll it out to 1/4 inch thickness. Place the handprint template on the dough. Provide your young reader with a child-safe knife to cut around the handprint. If desired, use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut a heart in the center of each cookie. Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling any dough scraps. 
  7. Carefully transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are light golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. 


You Made Me a Mother



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