It was great to finally meet the folks from Groundwood Books in person in Chicago at the American Library Association’s annual conference. I saw the book for the first time, and signed over a hundred copies for librarians! It was a thrill to realize they will share each book with hundreds of kids and nannies!
We’ve gotten some great reviews so far, including this beautiful on on-point review by Summer Edward!
Read it online here.
10 Picture Books for Caribbean American Heritage Month and Beyond
by Summer Edward
Jun 14, 2023 | Filed in News & Features
My Mother Was a Nanny by Laura James. Groundwood. Sept 2023.
Afro-Antiguan American self-taught artist Laura James shares her childhood experience of growing up in Brooklyn with a mother who was a homemaker, domestic worker, and nanny. James’s first-person narrative debunks harmful stereotypes of Caribbean nannies as tough, lazy, or difficult. Although James’s mother often took a no-nonsense approach to parenting and was too time-strapped to spend as much time with her three daughters as she would have liked, James humanizes her as a woman of many talents, a reliable neighbor, caring friend, and devoted mummy who juggled a demanding set of priorities and gave everything she had for the sake of her children. Complete with warm acrylic illustrations in James’ signature style, this picture book is an unvarnished but compassionate tribute to the complexity of motherhood.