When Mom's Away

A picture book by Layla Ahmad, illustrated by Farida Zaman.

Layla Ahmad, illustrated by Farida Zaman 

The pandemic has meant big changes for one little girl's family There is a little girl whose mom is a busy doctor. When her mom has to be in quarantine — sleeping on a cot in their garage to keep the family safe from the virus — the little girl does her best to be brave.

She and her dad make dinner together, and she helps bring groceries to her grandparents...making sure to wave so they know it's her! In the evening they join their neighbours, banging pots and pans on the doorstep to thank doctors and nurses for their hard work.

But the highlight of the day is when Mom comes home, and they wave to each other through the window. (From Second Story Press)

Layla Ahmad is a Toronto author with a background in marketing and communications.

Farida Zaman is a Toronto artist, author and illustrator.

From the book

A page from When Mom's Away by Layla Ahmad, illustrated by Farida Zaman. (Second Story Press)

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