KidLit RADIO: MAMA’S BELLY Read Out Loud

On this podcast episode of Read Out Loud, we join author, Kate Hosford, as she reads her beauty of a book, MAMA’S BELLY. Set in a safe world of fairy lights, cable knit jumpers, and woodsy wholesomeness, MAMA’S BELLY explores questions older siblings may have about what life will be like once the new baby comes. The best answer the book gives to ease the minds of young readers is that Mama always has enough love for everyone.

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Written by Kate Hosford;illustrated by Abigail Halpin

As a curious little girl awaits the arrival of her baby sister, she asks Mama many questions: “Will she have freckles?” “Will I have to share my blanket?” She helps Mama and Dad prepare to meet her little sister, singing her songs and knitting her a new blanket. But the most important part of getting ready is taking care of Mama. When Mama can’t see her toes, she counts to make sure there’s still ten. When Mama’s tired, she draws her a picture and gives her hugs. An honest and gentle exploration of the excitement and anxiety kids feel when welcoming a new family member, Mama’s Belly is ultimately a celebration of motherly (and daughterly) love and a soothing story for older siblings that even with the spotlight on a new baby, there is always enough love for everyone

ABOUT Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford graduated from Amherst College in 1988 with a degree in English and Philosophy. Before becoming an author, she worked as an elementary school teacher, a social worker, and an illustrator. In 2011 she received her MFA in Writing for children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her books are Big BouffantBig Birthday, Infinity and MeFeeding the Flying Fanellis and Other Poems from a Circus Chef, and How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea. All of these are published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner publishing. Her book Mama’s Belly is coming out with Abrams on April 15th.


Founded in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, the company continues to publish critically acclaimed and bestselling works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture; children’s books ranging from young adult fiction to picture books to board books. ABRAMS creates and distributes brilliantly designed visual books with the highest production values under the following imprints: Abrams; Abrams ComicArts; Abrams Image; Abrams Press; Abrams Books for Young Readers; Amulet Books; Abrams Appleseed; and a gift and stationery line, Abrams Noterie. ABRAMS also distributes books published by The Vendome Press, V&A Publishing, Tate Publishing, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 5 ContinentsEditions, SelfMadeHero, The Museum of Modern Art, Cameron + Company, Getty Publications, and others.

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