A warm and tender welcome to the world!
In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home.
The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

“A lovely package.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Vintage-looking, pastoral prettiness.”—Publishers Weekly​

AMAZON listed it as a "Big Spring Book"!
B&N picked it as a "Top Picturebook" for the month.

"Marr’s soothing text (“When I met you, you were small and trembling, and I thought you might be a little bunny. I held you close so you were warm”) should prove calming for lap-sitting infants just beginning to focus on illustrations. ...This makes a good choice for one-on-one sharing or as a baby story-hour selection..." Booklist

​AVAILABLE in Hardcover and Boardbook

"When Chick faces the first day of school, he learns about different types of families and parents and how diversity should be embraced rather than a source of anxiety.  . . . VERDICT For a hands-on manual or just a story-hour treat, here’s a tale where a child learns about diversity in an essential asset for all libraries: public, school, and home."-- School Library Journal 

“Marr provides a charming, individualistic addition to the “every family is different” category of LGBTQIA+ picture books . . . Rivero’s digitally rendered pastels depict gem-toned animalia with wit and unique character, giving the cast an emotional authenticity and retro-postcard playfulness.”-- ​Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


The photographic picture book, with story and photographs by the author, shows the magic and majesty of wild horses in the deserts of Arizona. Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House negotiated the deal.


ABOUT WILD HORSES (from the book jacket)

Gorgeous photographs and an evocative text sing the praises of a real-life herd of wild horses running free in Arizona, in this ode to the beauty of these glorious creatures.

Between one breath and the next, / the Wild Horses appear.
Gliding through trees, / weaving between cactus and rock.

In beautiful poetry and vivid photographs, Melissa Marr shares her feelings of awe while watching a real-life herd of majestic wild horses in Arizona. When they appear, the wind itself seems to stand still. They are grand in their movements as they do all the things horses do–splash through rivers, care for young, stomp and whinny. It is clear they are not tame, and this is part of their beauty and power. How lucky are we to be able to witness their strength and speed and magnificence!

Out now via Penguin

"In breathtaking photographs and lyrical text, the beauty and strength of wild horses are brought to life before the reader. Crisp, vivid photographs... A lovely dedication to horses whose photographs will leave readers in awe."-- BOOKLIST

​"Through magnificent full-color spreads and short, poetic phrases, Marr gives readers a what feels like you-are-there glimpse of these beautiful creatures. Descriptive and sensory language matches perfectly with the action-packed photography  . . . VERDICT A visual treat"-- School Library Journal STARRED review.

Available ONLY IN Hardcover

A loving mama has fun sharing the various animals her growing child resembles, in this delightful companion to Bunny Roo, I Love You.

When you touched the water, you squawked and splashed.
I thought you'd become a duckling, so I jumped in to play with you.

It's hard to keep up with an energetic toddler, and as an adoring mom tries to, she describes all the frisky young animals her little one reminds her of--from a hopping frog and a squirming snake, to her adorable cuddly bunny.

HARDCOVER & Board Book: Out now!

“Marr and White produce a toddler sequel to Bunny Roo, I Love You. . . . Pale, creamy backgrounds and sparse details keep the focus on the parent-child relationship, which is very sweet and tender, especially in the closing vignette of mother holding a snuggly child. . . . Both a sweet lap-read and a gentle exhortation that caregivers interact with their children.”—Kirkus Reviews

New release (2024): 

A dauntless lass and a hyperactive dragon learn to keep pace with each other as they forge a friendship.

Baby Dragon loves to swoop and soar through the kingdom, which can cause quite a stir. But one little girl is up for the challenge of spending the day with Baby Dragon, and the two embark upon an exciting journey through the kingdom, where they run and race and climb and explore--and eventually even take the time to relish a quiet moment. New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has crafted a rollicking story about how the best friendships expand our horizons in all kinds of ways!

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Celebrate the many wonderful ways families are unique and chickens are adorable!

On the way to school, Little Chick notices all the other kids are traveling with a mom or a dad, a big brother or a big sister. Little Chick doesn’t have a dad or siblings. He has two moms. His friend asks: Want to borrow a bear brother? No! Little Chick likes being an only chick. Although he’s fascinated to see that some families swim together and some fly, some have teeth and some have beaks, he’s happy to be a chicken—and to be right where he’s meant to be—with the family that loves him.

Available now!

BOTH Photography & Words by Melissa