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One of the biggest responsibilities of having a baby is giving him or her a great name. I remember thinking about future baby names when I was a little girl. My list changed MANY times over the years. When I became pregnant with our first, I poured over baby name books searching for just the right one. The same has been true with all 6 of our children. All of their names have special meaning and significance. A wonderful new children’s book addresses this important task. In “My Name is Leona”, by Carol Gahara Harris, the main character doesn’t like her name.
Little Leona just can’t understand why her parents picked the name they did and she decides she should change it. She “tries on” may other names but just can’t seem to find the right one. She reflects back on how hard it was to pick names for her fish, stuffed animals and cat and soon sees what a huge task it is. (My boys got a kick out of the name she finally decided on for the cat!) Finally she confronts her parents about her name. Once she hears why they chose the name Leona, she realizes that it’s just right for her.
I really enjoyed this book! Little Miss’s name is not a common name and I can picture her asking my husband and I about it when she’s older just as Leona did. I hope that when we tell her the meaning behind it, she will love it as much as Leona comes to love her’s. I have to admit I teared up when Leona’s parents explained her name to her. It brought back memories of those first few minutes with my kids. I loved the illustrations in the book (done by Kim Fujiwara). They’re very kid friendly and cute and the boys enjoyed looking at them. I also liked the fact that the text was not too long and the rhyming drew the kids in. I loved the fact that the author used names from her family in the book. Leona was her grandmother’s name.
“My Name is Leona” won the Mom’s Choice Award Gold Rating for 2013 and has several charity ties. These include a book reading to hospitalized children at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas, book signing with portion of proceeds benefitting Nino Salvaggio ‘s Charitable Foundation for Children in Need, in the author’s hometown of Clinton Township, Michigan, and a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held at local restaurant J. Baldwin’s Restaurant, also in Clinton Township.
This sweet book is perfect for snuggling up on the couch with your little one and enjoying together. It’s a great way to tell your child how they got their special name! “My Name is Leona” is currently available on Amazon for $14.47.
So, how did you come up with your child’s name?
Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda