Perfect Picture Book Friday – And I Think About You PLUS A Giveaway!

Howdy, Pardners!

Now that the summer hiatus is over, we’re back to Perfect Picture Book Fridays! And not a moment too soon! I have about 47 books I wanted to share today 😊 Luckily, other PPBF participants are likely to share some of them.

Which reminds me, if you’re one of the dedicated folks who consistently posted Perfect Picture Books all summer, please feel free to add them all to today’s list. That will be wonderful for everyone!

I have a lovely book to share today, one that seems especially appropriate with school just starting. In the story, the mother is at work thinking of her child, and the child is at school thinking of their mom.

AND, as if a glimpse of this beautiful book weren’t enough, we have a giveaway! One lucky person is going to win a copy of AND I THINK ABOUT YOU! All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section below between now and Wednesday September 14 at 9PM Eastern and you’ll be in the running to be randomly selected. I will announce the winner next Friday.

Title: And I Think About You

Written By: Rosanne L. Kurstedt

Illustrated By: Ya-Ling Huang

Publisher: Kids Can Press, September 20, 2022, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-6

Themes/Topics: family love (mother/child), being apart, reassurance

Opening: “Together we eat breakfast.
I drink my coffee.
You scoop your milk-soaked cereal.”

Brief Synopsis: A mother bear goes through her work day describing what she’s doing while always thinking about her little one, only to come home and discover that her child has been thinking about her too.

Links To Resources:

Special treat! A craft supplied by the author! Thank you, Rosanne!

Why I Like This Book: This book lovingly shows how a mom at work does her job and simultaneously has her child in mind all day long. Though they may be apart, she is always thinking of her little one. The story flows seamlessly between what the mother is doing and thinking and what the child is doing, showing their parallel activities. As the mom reads her emails, she thinks about reading with her child, and on the page turn, her child is in school reading a story. As the mother eats lunch with a friend, she thinks about eating with her child, and on the page turn the child is eating lunch with school friends. This sweet story will reassure any child that whether mom and dad go out to work or work from home, any time they’re separated during the day they are always in their parents minds and hearts. The soft watercolor art captures the tender mood of the story perfectly. A wonderful choice for any bookshelf!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊

Author Rosanne Kurstedt

Rosanne L. Kurstedt, Ph.D., has been an educator for over 20 years, supporting learners of all ages. She is the author of several books for teachers, including Teaching Writing with Picture Books as Models and a series entitled 100+ Growth Mindset Comments. Rosanne loves picture books and anything kid-lit so she volunteers as the Assistant Regional Advisor for the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. Her first book Karate Kid (Running Press Kids) was released in 2019 and her second book And I Think About You (Kids Can Press) was released in 2022.

She loves sharing her books and expertise with readers of all ages at various author events (e.g., school visits, festivals, teacher professional development, mom’s groups, etc.)

Rosanne is the founder of The Author Experience (, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to the transformative power of sharing stories. In collaboration with students, families, and educators, TAE provides sustainable literacy-based experiences that build a culture of literacy—one that elevates connections and delivers lasting impact.

Rosanne lives in New Jersey with her family.

Rosanne’s Social Media:

Twitter: @rlkurstedt
Instagram: @rlkurstedt

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific blog links (and any other info you feel like filling out 😊) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😊

39 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – And I Think About You PLUS A Giveaway!

  1. Sheri Delgado Preston says:

    What a lovely story. I thought about how I am always thinking about my kids. And made me want to talk to my mom:) Excited to read it! Congrats Roseanne

  2. readmybook2002 says:

    Thinking about your kids even when they get older never ends. The worries just change according to their age. This story brings back memories. Great book for Mother’s Day. Get the tissues ready!

  3. Patricia Tilton says:

    What a sweet book. Perfect share with the beginning of a new school year. As mom’s our kids were never far from our thoughts when they were in school, playing sports, going to a first sleepover. Beautiful illustrations!

  4. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Aw, yes, and now that mind is 400 miles away at college, he’s on my mind while I write. And I’ll bet a certain grandchild is on yours. Love your rec, Susanna! And welcome back! Feels like a fresh Fall. I took off half the month of July and the whole month of August to spend time with my son before he left. Sniffle.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Sending you a hug, Jilanne ❤️ I know how hard it is when they fly away to college! He’ll be back at Thanksgiving to eat you out of house and home, though 😊 and in your heart always. As for my granddaughter, I’ve barely managed to tear myself away so I am lucky to see her quite a lot! 😊

  5. viviankirkfield says:

    Hurray!!! It’s so good to have you back with PPBF, dear Susanna. Although I know you were ‘here’ with Tuesday debuts and your other posts, it’s always fun to join together here to share some favorite pbs.
    And I love this one…and the pinwheel activity rocks!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      You’re so sweet, Vivian! I’ve been pretty “away” all summer, due to my preoccupation with my new granddaughter 😊 so it feels good to be back. I’m glad you love this book, too, and the fun pinwheel activity!

  6. Danielle Hammelef says:

    This is a wonderful book that will help both parents and kids realize even though they are apart physically, their love for each other remains all day.

  7. palpbkids says:

    What an endearing book. Teachers, parents, and librarians will enjoy it equally when reading it to children. It would make for a great jump off tool to a teaching unit.
    Glad PPBF is back!

  8. nycbgriffin says:

    I wish this book existed when my kids were little. I would have loved to express this sentiment to them over and over. Great idea.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      It is a lovely idea, and I’m a little surprised that it hasn’t been done. Of course there’s THE KISSING HAND and LLAMA LLAMA MISSES MAMA and others like that, but this one so nicely shows the mother and child going through their day and thinking of each other!

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