Txtng Mama Txtng Baby

Cover: Txtng Mama Txtng Baby

Without a sliver of doubt, language and literacy are to be revered by book lovers both young and old. But alas, the technology age is firmly upon us all—both young and old. Nearly 85% of American adults own cell phones and most of them send and receive text messages. Communication that began as text message acronyms, OMG and LOL, for example, have become commonplace on our screens for sure, but they’ve also worked their way into our language. In fact OMG (oh my god) and LOL (laughing out loud) are formally recognized in the Oxford English Dictionary! "Txtng Mama Txtng Baby" embraces this “newfangled” form of communication, most often referred to as “txtng.” After all, everyone seems to be doing it. No matter how the message is delivered, a loving, affirming relationship between Baby and Mama should be expressed. The text messages “O U QT” (Oh you, cutie) and “I <3 U” (I love you) begin this board book accompanied by smiling, colorful emoticons representing the feelings of Mama and Baby alike. The book and Baby’s day come to an end with encouragement to sleep peacefully “U zzzzzz.”



  • Dewey: E
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Boardbook (9781585368877): 16 pages, 4 (w) x 6.5 (h), © 2013, 08/06/2013
  • PDF (9781627530552): 16 pages, © 2013, 09/01/2013
  • Hosted ebook (9781627536134): 16 pages, © 2014, 09/01/2013


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 0-4 - Age 6
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 0

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Author: Esther Hershenhorn

A celebrated children's author, teacher, workshop facilitator, and writing coach, Esther Hershenhorn admits S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet is the book she wishes she'd owned as a little girl, when she tucked away her dream of writing children’s books someday.  She hopes her abecedarian telling offers young writers everywhere the tools and means to discover and tell their good stories well.  Esther currently lives in Chicago, where she teaches Writing for Children at the University of Chicago's Writer's Studio and the Newberry Library.  A lifetime reader who still reads like a writer, she serves on the Board of Advisors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.  Visit her Web site at www.estherhershenhorn.com.