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My must-have mum: Diverse & Inclusive Children's Book

My must-have mum: Diverse & Inclusive Children's Book

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Written by MAUDIE SMITH | Illustrated by JEN KHATUN

The Sunday Times - Children's Book of the Week

When Jake’s mum upcycles every last thing in the flat, Jake begins to worry that the only thing left to change is . . . him!

Jake’s mum is not like most mums. Say there's a skip in the street, most mums will pass right by without a second glance. Not Jake’s mum. “Look at this, Jake!” she'll shout. “We must have this! We must have this, too! And we simply must have this!” That’s Jake’s mum for you. She’s a must-have mum.

Soon Jake begins to worry that his mum will want to change him too. Should he be this way? Or that way? Or another way altogether?

A heartwarming story about the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son, and a little boy who learns that he is perfect just the way he is.

"From a wheelchair-using mum who is always picking up treasure and making things, thank you so much. It is so rare to find books that show pictures that look like our family!" – Josie George, author

"This is a totally LOVELY book and deserves lots of attention - great for opening good conversations about disability, although the ABILITIES of the Mum in this story are what count most" – Nicola Davies, children's book author

"I love the relationship between mother and son in My Must-Have Mum, a heartwarming story that embraces diversity, environmental issues and unconditional love. Mum’s comforting words as Jake worries about her wanting to change him are so supportive and heartfelt - they are words that will reassure every child." – Catherine Friess, Story Snug

"It’s a very sweet and comforting book - the illustrations are so warm and lively"  - Nadia Shireen, children’s book author & illustrator

"Truly a warm hug of a book, showing the super special relationship between mother and son." - Emma Perry, children’s book author  

"A truly lovely book, every page feels like a warm hug” - Michelle Robinson, children's book author

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