How Mamas Love Their Babies

How Mamas Love Their Babies


Juniper Fitzgerald and Elise Peterson
Mamas work in different ways to take care of their babies, but everything they do is out of love.

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Hardcover Edition
Publication Date: 02-13-2018

Illustrating the myriad ways that mothers provide for their children—piloting airplanes, washing floors, or dancing at a strip club—this picture book is the first to depict a sex-worker parent. Introducing the idea of bodily labor, it provides an expanded notion of working mothers and challenges the idea that only some jobs result in good parenting. Instead, we're reminded that, while every mama's work looks different, every mama works to make their baby's world better.

"Fitzgerald writes simply, but in combination with Peterson’s images, her words carry force. . . . It’s a political statement, but one that flows from passion and love." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Amazingly inclusive." —Kirkus Reviews

"Shatters monolithic depictions of motherhood. . . . By depicting love and security beyond a White, professionalized class, the book allows children of different backgrounds to see their family lives reflected authentically." —Colorlines

"A staple for any parent who wants to redefine gender roles, and raise their child in a more inclusive, sex-positive world where all work is valued." —Bust

“Wonderful." —MSN Lifestyle

"Beautifully illustrated. . . .the book provides an expanded picture of working moms and challenges head on the idea that only certain jobs are analogous with positive parenting." —Feministing

“This is a book that takes more than one stigma about women and work and chucks them right out the window." —Julie Danielson, Kirkus

“Beautiful.” —"Sex Gets Real" Podcast

"Inspired and inspiring." Midwest Book Review

“Beautifully written and illustrated, How Mamas Love Their Babies provides a useful tool for parents who do stigmatized work to talk with their children about it in affirming and healthy ways.” —Crystal DeBoise, LCSW

“All children should see their mamas reflected in their storybooks. This is a gift to not only sex workers and their families but to all who may need a better understanding of how stripping/sex work is labor, deserving of respect and dignity.” —Juliana Piccillo, editor, Red Umbrella Babies

“This is the mothering book I've always dreamed of! How Mamas Love Their Babies shifts our narrow definition of what a mother is, what a mother does, what a mother looks like, and what caring for our babies looks like.” —Sarah Sophie Flicker, activist