What’s in Mama’s Purse? {book tour}


Mamas Purse

I was excited to receive the Mama’s Purse ebook to read and introduce to you!

What’s in your purse? Bandages and bananas? What’s in my purse? Bandages maybe, but even bananas would be rare for mine. Yet I find my kids going through it all the time. Your kids will have much more fun discovering what is in this Mama’s Purse! Full of fun, adventure, and rhyming words! It’s just as much fun to read as it is for them to listen and see the pictures! There are so many fun surprises you will never guess what is next!

Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving is a cute little book that takes readers on a fun adventure of discovering what is in Mama’s purse. Our kids really enjoyed the fun illustrations and the unpredictable surprises that came with each page! I love the use of rhyming in Mama’s Purse. Between the rhyming and great illustrations we really enjoy Mama’s Purse! Our kids love pointing out the different things as I read them. They think Mama’s Purse is so fun and silly! Mama’s Purse is definitely a fun, family-friendly book!

Mama’s Purse has received the following Awards:
Top 5 Idaho Book
Top 10 Idaho Author
Mom’s Choice Award

“The Author, AJ Irving, is a mama who always has EVERYTHING in her purse, everything except the kitchen sink. She thought it would be fun to write a book about a mama’s purse that does have a sink, an ice rink, and a mink performing lip sync. AJ received a B.A. in Journalism and Women’s Studies from the University of Oregon. She lives with her husband and children in Boise, Idaho.

Rick Thomson isn’t a mama, but carries a bag that’s a little like a purse and just as full of surprises. He started dreaming of illustrating children’s books when he first became a dad. Rick has been a freelance illustrator for 23 years and also enjoys playing West African drum rhythms.”

book author

Author Bio:

I spent my childhood in Boise, Idaho, catching grasshoppers and writing stories. My biggest dream in the whole world was to be a writer. My first published work, a poem about my mom, appeared in Writing Without Walls when I was in elementary school. My mom still has a framed copy of the poem in the living room.

In junior high school, I played sports and wrote for the school newspaper. When I grew up, I wanted to move to the Big Apple and write for the New York Times. So my grandpa and I took a trip back east to meet the New York Times Sports Editor. I shook his hand and told him I would be back in ten years for a job.

My determination to be a writer continued in high school when I contributed to my school newspaper as a photographer, reporter, and editor. My mom is so proud of all the newspaper awards that I won in high school . . . they are still on display in my old bedroom.

I decided New York City was too far away from my family, so I enrolled in the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon. My desire for a more creative writing style led me to consider a different path: magazine writing. After I graduated, my first magazine article was published in Midwifery Today.

I received a B.A. in Journalism and Women’s Studies from the University of Oregon. My entire family was very excited when I earned membership into Kappa Tau Alpha─a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.

In 2008, my husband and I started a family. I put down my pen and focused on reading books to our son. The excitement in his eyes inspired me to start writing children’s books. Now I can’t stop. When I’m not writing, I enjoy catching grasshoppers with my husband, Ian, and our son, Mason, in our big back yard in Idaho.

For More Information:

Visit AJ Irving’s Website
Connect with AJ Irving on her Publishing Company’s Facebook Page, the Mama’s Purse Facebook Page, and her author Facebook Page.
Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.


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  1. Krista Bainbridge

    That looks like a fun book for younger kiddos – I am sure my 4 year old would get a giggle about that!

  2. This book looks perfect to base a speech and language lesson plan on. I’ll add it to my ever growing list! Thanks!

  3. Jennifer Boehme says

    I will have to find the book. This would be so fun for them to read, especially when they seem to have to go through everyone’s purse for gum, candy, or whatever they think they need. How fun for them to read!

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