I had the AMAZING pleasure this past weekend to meet one of the most famous and respected publishers in the children's book industry, Arthur A. Levine -- probably best known as the US publisher of the Harry Potter series.
Levine has recently stepped back into his author shoes with his first book in years, a picture book written for his son Max. Monday Is One Day (Scholastic, April 2011) speaks to both working parents and their children about how hard it is to be apart.
Counting the days in rhyme until the weekend when it's a full day of family time again, the book is illustrated by Julian Hector in vibrant color with, as Mr. Levine put it, "a sweetness" that perfectly compliments the emotion-filled (yet lighthearted) text.
As a working mom myself, I found the book delightful, not just in its depiction of a wide variety of family types but as a fantastic way to make sure children know that they are missed during the work week just as much as they miss their parents. 4 bookmarks (except for my signed copy, which isn't leaving this house!) Pre-order it at the link above.