How to Raise a Mom (How to)

by Jean Reagan (Author) Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: How to

Celebrate the bond between moms and children with this humorous New York Times-bestseller that invites the kids to do the hard work of raising their mom...if just for a day!

This humorous new addition to the beloved HOW TO . . . books takes readers through a playful, busy day with Mom. Written in an instructional style, two siblings suggest the best ways to raise a happy, healthy mom--from waking her up in the morning to arranging play dates, to making sure she gets enough exercise, some quiet time, and plenty of veggies!

Filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas, and lots of love, How to Raise a Mom is the perfect gift for Mother's Day--or any day! Praise for the HOW TO . . . series:

"A silly take on role reversal." -Kirkus Reviews Reviews (How to Babysit a Grandma)

"Laugh-out-loud funny. . ." -Kirkus Reviews (How to Raise a Mom)

". . . laugh-out-loud scenes and funny hidden details." -Kirkus Reviews (How to Babysit a Grandpa)

"Touches of humor in each of the digitally rendered illustrations." -Kirkus Reviews (How to Surprise a Dad)

The fun doesn't stop! Check out more HOW TO... picture books:

How to Babysit a Grandma

How to Babysit a Grandpa

How to Catch a Santa

How to Get Your Teacher Ready

How to Raise a Mom

How to Surprise a Dad

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Publishers Weekly

Following How to Babysit a Grandma and other titles, Reagan and Wildish introduce two brown-haired siblings who offer tips on raising a "happy, healthy mom." The humorous role reversals of the previous books are once again on full display: the children help their mother get dressed in the morning (the "perfect" outfit involves mismatched shoes, socks on hands, and no fewer than six hair bows) and "Surprise her with a snack and toy" when she starts to get cranky in a long grocery store line. Loving and caring work both ways, this duo makes clear. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agent: Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, Bright Group. (Mar.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

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Praise for the HOW TO . . . series: 

A new hit this year is How to Catch Santa. . . . The picture book offers lighthearted tips on how kids can steal a glimpse of Mr. Elusive, aka Santa. . . . It's one of USA Today's recommended children's books of this holiday season. —USA Today (How to Catch Santa) 

The charm of its premise and the clear bond between the generations will have kids and grandparents giggling together. —School Library Journal (How to Babysit a Grandma) 

An obvious choice for Father's Day, with year-round surprise applicability. —Kirkus Reviews (How to Surprise a Dad)
Jean Reagan
JEAN REAGAN was born in Alabama but spent most of her childhood in Japan. She now lives in Salt Lake City, UT, with her husband. To learn more about Jean and her work, please visit and

LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children's books, including Twosomes by Marilyn Singer. To learn more about Lee and his work, visit

Together, Jean and Lee are the creators of the New York Times bestselling HOW TO... series, including How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Babysit a Grandma, and How to Surprise a Dad.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 28, 2017
How to
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
Library of Congress categories

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