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My Must-Have Mum

Author: Maudie SmithIllustrator: Jen Khatun

Disabled parents don’t pop up often in picture books, so this joyful story about Jake and his enterprising, upcycling mother (both brown-skinned) is refreshing. A celebration of a mother-son relationship, her collecting and creations and their adventures are the focus, and her disability isn’t mentioned. Some manoeuvres stretch credulity a little, but the normalising of disabled parenthood is welcome!

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  • South Asian representation
  • Single parent
  • Disabled representation
  • Own Voice