A sweet twist on the age-old “yo mama” joke, celebrating fierce moms everywhere with playful lyricism and gorgeous illustrations, Your Mama is an essential Mother’s Day read.
Yo’ mama so sweet, she could be a bakery. She dresses so fine, she could have a clothing line. And, even when you mess up, she’s so forgiving, she lets you keep on living.
Heartwarming and richly imagined, Your Mama twists an old joke into a point of pride that honors the love, hard work, and dedication of mamas everywhere.
A Kirkus Prize Finalist
Kirkus Most Joyous Picture Book of 2021
School Library Journal Best Picture Books of 2021
2022 NCTE Notable Books in Poetry
2021 Nerdy Book Club Award
Virginia Center for the Book Great Read 2021
About the Author
NoNieqa Ramos is an educator who wrote The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection and an In the Margins Award Top Ten pick. Her debut picture book, Your Mama, earned three starred reviews. She is a proud member of Las Musas, the Soaring 20s, and PB Debut Troupe 21. She lives in Virginia with her family.
Jacqueline Alcántara is a freelance illustrator and artist who spends her days drawing, writing and globe-trotting with her dog Possum. She is particularly excited about promoting inclusiveness and diversity in children’s literature and the illustration field in general. Her debut picture book, The Field, written by Baptiste Paul, was named a Best Book of 2018 by School Library Journal, Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness. Freedom Soup, written by Tami Charles, has been named a Kids IndieNext Pick, a Kirkus Best Book of 2019, and has received four starred reviews! Jacqueline lives in Detroit, Michigan.
"A lyrical, spirited picture book that takes the old 'yo’ mama' joke and cracks, snaps, and pops it into an ode to motherhood. Using a vibrant tattoo motif, colorful, joy-infused artwork, and playful, melodic words, Ramos and Alcántara’s winning picture book celebrates motherhood at its most inspirational.... Ramos conjures jubilant scene after scene with deft language and sprinkles of Spanish, and this tale’s more sublime moments simply shine. Similarly, Alcántara’s art represents motherhood as a model of ideals and mind spun for modern times...Overall, it’s a celebration that’s invaluable and needed." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This snappy tribute celebrates the fierce awesomeness of sweet, strong, funny, woke, brainiac mamas. Using rhythmic stanzas that swing...the bright, vibrant illustrations, with text in a playful retro-tattoo style, pop off the pages....This joyous celebration makes a perfect read-aloud for Mother's Day—and every day.” — Booklist (starred review)
"Ramos reconfigures a well-known joke format into an uplifting, rhythmic exultation of motherhood in this bouncy debut....Parents and children alike will appreciate this thoroughly contemporary portrait of familial love." — Publishers Weekly
"A dynamic picture book affirmation of love, adoration and acknowledgement for mothers as both caretakers and individuals....Alcántara's vibrant, tattoo-inspired illustrations boldly complement Ramos's text. The collaboration is an energetic display of admiration for the hard work, love and dedication of mothers." — Shelf Awareness
Perfectly dazzling. — Kirkus Most Joyful Picture Books of 2021