This month I will be celebrating a belated Mother’s Day on May 18th with BOTH my daughters in Paris, France – JOY!

Jane Yolen, who is considered the American Hans Christian Andersen, maintains one of the most crucial ingredients for any children’s book, even if there is a backdrop of loss or sadness, should be… JOY.

In her best selling book, “The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up,” Marie Kondo helps her clients to determine if an article is worth keeping or not, by having them answer this simple question, “Does it spark JOY?”

And of course, children are experts both at “sparking joy” in us and in themselves with their abundant enthusiasm for life – their “Joie de Vivre!”

“Show me a day when the world wasn’t new!”

I hope this month’s selection of stories will help spark JOY in you and your little ones.

Happy Mother’s Day!