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I Need You Mommy!

$ 12.99
MCA Gold Award
Author(s): Joni McCoy
Audience: Babies, Toddlers & Preschool

For new moms, mother's to be or mothers of young children.
A beautifully illustrated picture book from viewpoint of loving children to their mother.
The brother and sister ask their mommy if they can tell her a story about why they love her so much and rely on all the things she does for them. They recall many fun days and adventures that their mommy provided for them.

A book of family love, friendship, and respect for their mommy. An unconditional love from a child.

A great conversation starter for your children to tell you all the things they appreciate about you.

Gazette Newspaper Article:
When the Alzheimer’s diagnosis was new, her mother read her favorite novels. When her mother could no longer read on her own, McCoy took over.

“We took it all the way to the end,” McCoy said. The end came in October 2019, after 6 yrs of watching her mother’s mind & body slowly worsen.
“I thought I was prepared for it,” McCoy said. “No matter what you do, it doesn’t prepare you for what happens & what you see.” She saw her mom turn into someone who was hard to recognize.
It was her mom who taught McCoy the value of creativity.
She closed her cupcake shop to take care of her mother. “It wasn’t a hard decision.”
“She’d giggle at the pictures or saying something funny,” McCoy said. “We had so much fun, tried to make the best of it.”
“When she was gone, there was a huge void, ” McCoy said. “Mom couldn’t be left alone. So, when you spend that much time with someone. … It’s hard.”
Needing something to fill her time, she started writing children’s books.
“It’s where we left off her with her,” McCoy says of her mom.
“It’s probably the biggest catalyst for all of this,” McCoy said. “I wanted to do something for her.”
Her latest book is dedicated to her mom. Called “I Need You, Mommy,” the picture book is written from the viewpoint of kids who tell their mother stories about why they love her so much.

“I wanted to do something from a child’s perspective to let their moms know why they’re needed and loved so much.”
Yes, that includes her mother. McCoy feels a “closeness” to her mom when she writes.
“(Writing has) given me peace after six years of toughness,” she said. “It makes me feel like she’s still here.”
In each book, McCoy includes a secret message of sorts for her mother. There’s always an illustration of a yellow butterfly somewhere in the pages.
“I asked her to come back to me as a yellow butterfly,” McCoy said. “And she does.”

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