You’re the Hugs to My Kisses by author Barbara Herndon and illustrator Diane Ewen

Grade Level: 1 – 2

Publisher: Zonderkidz

Publication Date: January 4, 2022

Endearing bonds between parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, adults, friends, siblings, owner and pet are depicted in a variety of scenarios. Illustrations are uplifting with fun sprinkled in. Diverse people are shown throughout this rhyming picture book.

Strong Mama by author Robin Arzon and illustrator Addy Rivera Sonda

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: January 11, 2022

The storyteller is an athletic expectant mother. She shares her love of exercise, running, meditation, dancing and eating right with her growing baby. Her family welcomes the new baby and another person’s life adventures begin. This book is inspiring for all moms. Illustrations are filled with healthy lifestyle and good feelings.