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Saturday (Hardcover)

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By Oge Mora (By (artist))
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The illustrations are what drew me into the book at first. Oge Mora’s collage style captures Ava and her mother beautifully and as they go through their day you feel everything along with them. Saturday is the most special day of the week for Ava. She and her mother look forward to it all week long. The list of things they would do! It would be special and splendid ❤️ Sometimes days don’t always go the way we planned them so when we find joy in who we are with the day is special and splendid ❤️

— Rachel M.

Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List

“Saturday is the only day of the week that Ava and her mother are able to spend together, and this Saturday does not go as planned. Fortunately, Ava understands that the day was still ‘special,’ ‘splendid,’ and ‘wonderful’ because they spent it together. Oge Mora is a rare talent whose beautiful illustrations — each using hand-picked, textured, found, and created papers — reflect the exuberance of her very special stories.”
— Cathy Fiebach, Main Point Books, Wayne, PA


In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you expect....

In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong--ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they'd been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown...until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.

Author-artist Oge Mora's highly anticipated follow up to Caldecott Honor Thank You, Omu! features the same magnificently radiant artwork and celebration of sharing so beloved in her debut picture book.

About the Author

Oge Mora graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. Her first picture book, Thank You, Omu!, was a Caldecott Honor, a New York Times Notable Book and Editors' Choice, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her illustration work is also featured in Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and invites you to visit her website at

Praise For…

Praise for Saturday:Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Children's Books of Fall 2019A Fall 2019 Kids' Indie Next ListA NYPL Best Books of 2019A School LibraryJournal Best Picture Books of 2019ParentsMagazine 30 Best Kids' Books of 2019An Amazon Best Children's Book of 2-19 Ages 3-5Kirkus Reviews Best Children's books of 2019A 2019 Horn Book Fanfare

* "How wonderful: a book with both racial diversity and class diversity that feels authentic. Special and splendid."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "The family handles the stress of dashed expectations in a way that acknowledges disappointment while conveying the buoyancy of resilience and the joy of their bond. And a delightful coda may inspire readers to share the inventive way they salvage their day."Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "The simple yet heartfelt story tugs at the emotions, but it's the paper collage artwork that really packs a punch. Created with acrylic paints, china markers, patterned paper, and print clippings, the bright illustrations are inventively conceived and full of motion-just the right vehicle for bringing this Black mother-daughter duo to vibrant life."—Booklist, starred review

"In this picture book gem from the award-winning Oge Mora, a girl and her mother anticipate Saturdays as their weekly opportunity to go on their own private adventures--big and small."—Shelf Awareness

"This one is as much for parents as it is for kids."—Parents Magazine

"Energetic cut-paper collages depict the pair navigating a colorful, bustling city in this splendidly crafted tale of meeting life's challenges."—Horn Book

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316431279
ISBN-10: 0316431273
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019
Pages: 40
Language: English