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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

You Are My Wonders

Have you ever read the books You Are My I Love You or You Are My Miracle? If yes, then get out your tissues again because New York Times Bestselling Author Maryann Cusimano Love (yes, her last name is Love!!!) has written a book called You Are My Wonders honoring teachers and students. I'm going to sneak this book into a few teacher mail boxes next year and then listen to them read it to their class and of course boo hoo my eyes out!

From the Publisher: The creators of You Are My I Love You pen an ode to students and their teachers, just in time for back to school

No one captures the essence of our most cherished relationships quite like Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa. Whether parent and child or grandparent and grandchild, Maryann's tender, playful text and Satomi's childlike, colorful illustrations are nothing less than odes to these universal bonds.

Now the two shine their spotlight on students and teachers, enriching each other through storytelling, art, music, and of course, guidance. Perfect and reassuring for the youngest of students, You Are My Wonders is sure to be a hit at story time at home or in the classroom.

From the Author's website:

Origin of the Story - In the Author's Words -
I come from a family of teachers. My Irish grandmother, Mary Ann Hart, whom I was named after, was a special education teacher at a time when people thought that special needs children could not be educated. As a teacher myself for over twenty years, I know first hand how much I learn from my students, and how important the special bond is between students and teachers, each rooting for each other and helping each other to grow. While we teachers have the honor of introducing young people to new ideas, our students give us amazing gifts, seeing the wonders of the world, fresh through their young eyes.

When we sent our first child off to preschool two mornings a week, we realized again how important that special teacher/ child relationship is. I was smiling and crying at the same time, seeing my little one grown up enough to wear a bright back pack almost as big as she was, toddling off to school. Yet I was reassured that she was in the good hands of someone who also cared about her, and was working to help her grow.

Helping every child grow into the best person they can be is a vocation parents and teachers share. I was reflecting on this on my way home from church one rainy Sunday morning, thinking about how my child’s preschool teacher was helping her learn how to button her raincoat, when the beginnings of You Are My Wonders came tumbling out of my imagination. I’d heard from plenty of teachers who loved You Are My I Love You, You Are My Miracle, You Are My Wish, and Sleep, Baby, Sleep, but wanted to know when I would write a book for them. Teachers today face many challenges that my Grandmother never faced, so I wanted to write a book celebrating the simple joys of class time together, growing seeds, reading stories, and sharing the wonders of the world.

Click on the cover of the book to head on over to Amazon!


  1. Sounds like the perfect launch during our first day back! Thanks, Roxanne, for another lead on a beautiful book.

    The Corner On Character

  2. Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check it out! A book I've used on the first day that is really clever is Never Spit On Your Shoes by Denys Cazet. I'd recommend it as well...