Spotlight Tour: Our Love Grows

Our Love Grows

Written and Illustrated by Anna Pignataro

Our Love Grows cover

About The Book

Like the sky, and the trees and the child she holds…A Mother’s Love Grows.

In the deep green forest, Pip asked,
“Mama, when will I be big?”

Pip is an adorable, roly-poly little panda who sees the world changing and growing.  But Pip is feeling a bit left behind. Luckily Mama is there to show playful and curious Pip that, like the trees in the forest and the stars in the sky, he’s growing and changing too. And no matter how much Pip grows, the one thing that will never change is how much Mama loves him!

One of the adorable pages:Our Love Grows image excerpt

Find Our Love Grows on GoodReads.

Reviews and Praise

CJ and I reviewed Our Love Grows, here, last week and gave it four out of five stars! Check it out!

“[Pignataro] creates delicately ethereal landscapes for the pandas to traverse—forests dense with pine and bamboo, snowy hillscapes—while showcasing a playful tenderness in their explorations and interactions… Pitch perfect in its spirit of cozy reassurance.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review!

“A sweet story for parents to share with their young children. The theme is straightforward and told in rhyme. The book conveys a similar message to Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You, and the engaging artwork greatly enhances and complements the story. The pen and paint illustrations have a soft tone and will give readers a warm feeling.” —School Library Journal


About the Author

Anna Pignataro author photo

Anna Pignataro is the creator of the bestselling books Mama, How Long Will You Love Me? and Mama, Will You Hold My Hand? Her works have been translated into eleven different languages, and she has won numerous awards including the Crichton Award for Illustration. She lives in Australia with her family.

Connect with Anna Pignataro

Via her website or her Instagram


Get The Book

The book is avalible at the following locations:

Bares & Noble
Boooks a Million

AND until the end of April there is Rafflecopter giveaway with THREE copies of Our Love Grows avalible to be won.

Book information

Title: Our Love Grows
Author: Anna Pignataro
Release date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 9781492634188

Our Love Grows

Our Love GrowsOur Love Grows by Anna Pignataro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions.

Momma182 Review
Love the illustrations, and the sweet rhyme about love and change. This book was easy to read, fun to look at, and is about Mommy and Baby. Adorable.

CJP Review
Age: 3 1/2 years
About the cover: “There is a baby panda!, and a mommy panda!”
“The panda was small before, just like me?”
“Trees can be little too?”

His favourite part? “The baby panda snuggles with his mommy.”
His rating? He “Liked It”.*

After the story: “Check how big I am on the wall”

*Check here for the full break down of CJ’s Book Stars.

Keep an eye out for a book tour and giveaway coming next week.

Merry Mary

Merry MaryMerry Mary by Ashley Farley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting when I started this book. The idea of a Christmas miracle, made it seem like a permanent ‘solution’ to Scottie’s longing for a child.

As the book went on, I began to understand that it is not so much about actually having a child, but the growth that Scottie experiences through this process.

Lovely Christmas novella.

Manners Are Not for Monkeys

Manners Are Not for MonkeysManners Are Not for Monkeys by Heather Tekavec
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

First impression, cute illustrations, promising idea. I loved the book and thought the story was adorable. The message however, while important, I felt was a little understated for preschool/kindergarten age. That, along with my dislike for the small writing, would put this book at four out of five stars for me.

My three and a half year old on the other hand, loved it– and understood the meaning behind the story. He says five stars.

His opinion wins out.

CJP Reviews

Recently, my son asked me what I was doing on the computer. At the time I was writing out a book review. I told him that after I read a book I like to write about what I liked and didn’t like. He saw the stars and asked what the stars were doing there. Asking if that meant it was “about space, or something”. I gave a breakdown of the meaning behind the stars, and he helped come up with “CJ’s Book Stars”.

★✩✩✩✩ Don’t like it.
★★✩✩✩ It is ok.
★★★✩✩ Liked it.
★★★★✩ REALLY liked it.
★★★★★ My Favourite.

His first official review: Our Love Grows, and a giveaway will be coming to Momma’s House of Books April 1st!

Little Girl Gone

Little Girl GoneLittle Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I tried to read this book, I even put it down for a few months and tried again; I just couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t the writing–it was more the actual story. Being a mother to a young child made all the imagery within the novel much more vivid, it made me feel sick.

This is the first time that it has ever happened to me, but while I couldn’t finish the book because of it, I believe my reaction is only so strong because the story is described so well.

Based upon my findings from the first third of the book, assuming the writing style is the same throughout the book, I would give the book 4/5 stars.

However, since I never finished the book. I will not be rating it.

The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union

The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the UnionThe Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union by David Potter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Honestly, I didn’t really enjoy the book. I will say that despite my not liking it, I do think that it is a great addition to middle grade historical fiction. Those who read The Magic Treehouse series will see many parallels, with the added modern technology twist.