Who's Your Real Mum?
Bernadette Green (Illust: Anna Zobel)
Publisher: Scribble Kids' Books
ISBN: 9781925849493
Awards Year: 2021
Category: The Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Judge's Critique
A wonderful book which celebrates motherhood, diversity and families. Skilfully designed, the front cover invites the reader to explore this story, with the title that boldly asks the question, ‘Who's Your Real Mum?’ Prompted by a child innocently and curiously asking this question of another child who has same sex parents, Green and Zobel sensitively and gently explore a mother/child relationship. Imaginative and whimsical elements appear throughout, especially in the outstanding illustrations. The beauty of this book is that it is imaginative and age appropriate. Elvi keeps her friend guessing with humour as the story gently unfolds showing what counts above all else is the love and caring nature of the mother/child relationship.