Papa, Do You Love Me?

Papa Do You Love Me?
Let’s learn about Masaai People Culture through Reading Papa, Do You Love Me?

Dear all, how are you? I hope you are doing great in this quarantine period. This is Ms. Friska’s website where I share my experience and strategies to promote reading is fun to people around, and now to you too 🙂 Today’s library session topic is about this surprising story with title: Papa, Do You Love Me? I have the recorded storytelling below, please have a watch 🙂

The Story

Papa, Do You Love Me? is written by Barbara M. Joosse & Barbara Lavallee

It is great to explore Africa, visit Mara River and to experience how Maasai people express their love to their children. Thank you for this beautiful book’s written by Barbara M. Joose & illustrated by Barbara Lavallee.

The Authors

Barbara M. Joosse

Barbara M. Joosse

Barbara M. Joose is a Member Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Council for Wisconsin Writers and won several awards for her creative works:

  • Honors Awards Picture Book Award, Council of Wisconsin Writers, 1983, for The Thinking Place
  • Fourth of July exhibited at Bologna International Children’s Book Fair, 1985
  • Golden Kite Award for Picture-Illustration, 1991, for Mama, Do You Love Me?
  • Best Book designation, Association of Booksellers for Children, 1997
  • Parents’ magazine Best Book designation, and Child magazine Best Book designation, 1997
  • Austrian honor book, for Wild Willie and King Kyle, Detectives
  • Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians Favorite Book designation, for Ghost Trap
  • Parents’ Best Book designation, 2001, for Ghost Wings
  • CCBC Choice designation, 2001, for Houseful of Christmas
  • Council of Wisconsin Writers Best Book designation, 2004, for Hot City
  • Golden Kite Honor for Best Picture-Book Text, 2004
  • New York Times Top Ten Best Illustrated Picture Book citation, 2004

Barbara Lavallee

Barbara Lavallee

Barbara Lavallee is a Member Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She grew up in Wisconsin and received a degree in art from Illinois Wesleyan Univ. After teaching art in Arizona on a Navajo Indian Reservation, she took a position at Mount Edgecumbe Native School in Sitka, Alaska in 1970. Now living in Anchorage, Barbara is a prolific painter, with many originals reproduced into limited edition prints. In addition, she has become nationally known as an illustrator of children’s books.

Barbara Lavallee is known for her happy people working, playing, and living with smiles on their faces. Her watercolors portray whimsical, stylized characters in vibrant colors reflecting her interest in people. She can’t imagine her life without painting. “I want people to have fun. If people look and smile, then I feel the art is a success.”

She won several awards for her creative works in illustrating books:

  • Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award nomination, 1996, for Uno, Dos, Tres = One, Two, Three, by Pat Mora
  • Golden Kite Award, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and National Association of Parenting Publications Award for Mama, Do You Love Me?, by Barbara M. Joosse
  • ABC Children’s Booksellers Choice Award, 1992 for Mama, Do You Love Me?, by Barbara M. Joosse
  • Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended designation, 2003, for All You Need Is a Snowman by Alice Schertle

Their Works

Both Barbara M. Joosse and Barbara Lavallee worked together for these 2 books:

  1. Mama, Do You Love Me?
  2. Papa, Do You Love Me?

Both books are illustrated beautifully and told us about our parents’ everlasting love. Mama, Do You Love Me? set in captivating Artic culture meanwhile Papa, Do You Love Me? hooked us with Africa’s Maasai People.

Their Legacy

Both of them still working on writing and illustrating children’s book. Moreover, Barbara Lavallee currently living in Alaska and opens an art gallery in the city.

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