Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Children's Fiction New Baby

Mama Lou's Belly

by (author) Marie-Francine Hébert

illustrated by Guillaume Perreault

translated by Charles Simard

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
New Baby, Siblings, Multigenerational
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

Classroom Resources

Where to buy it


Key Selling Points

  • Mama Lou’s Belly captures the exciting time before a baby is born when everyone in this multigenerational family (and some other creatures) are wondering who—or what—it’s going to be.
  • In a fun and funny twist, speech bubbles from Mama's belly show the baby speaking for itself ("Me, a mouse? Don't be silly!")...until the baby is tired of being ignored and arrives ("WAAA!").
  • This book is also a gentle look at identity and how, no matter what everyone projects, only the baby knows who they are.
  • Author Marie-Francine Hébert has won the Mr. Christie's Book Award and has been nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award.

About the authors

Marie-Francine Hébert is an award-winning writer for young people of all ages. She has nearly twenty books to her credit and has seen her work translated into numerous languages, among them Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Polish, English and German; Marie-Francine’s books and work for television and film have garnered many prizes, among them the Governor General’s Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Munich Library’s White Ravens Selection.

Marie-Francine Hébert's profile page

Guillaume Perreault is a graphic designer but now works mainly as a freelance illustrator and author. His techniques vary according to his projects, but balance, contrast and humor are present in all of his work. Guillaume lives in Gatineau, Quebec.


Guillaume Perreault's profile page

Charles Simard is a Québécois editor and translator from Montréal, also known as Tiohtià:ke and Mooniyaang. He works as poetry, fiction, and non-fiction editor for Talonbooks in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory. His published work includes the essay Littérature, analyse et forme: Herbert, Tolkien, Borges, Eco (EUE, 2010) and a number of translations for Orca Book Publishers, including Elise Gravel’s The Wrench and Myriam Daguzan Bernier’s dictionary of sexuality, Naked. As a lexicographer, he has collaborated on the making of the popular linguistic suite Antidote in its bilingual editions. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in comparative literature from Université de Montréal and was a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of New York’s Graduate
Center. His doctoral and postdoctoral publications focused on the poetics of avant-garde composer and writer John Cage. He lives in Montréal, Québec.

Charles Simard's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“The illustrations align perfectly with the text…Provides good conversation points for children. One being that gender does not matter. What is important is a healthy baby. The other being an explanation of what it means to be nonbinary for an older child who may be ready to grasp this concept…This book would make a wonderful gift for any family that is excitedly awaiting the birth of another child.”

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“A cute story that expresses all the excitement before the arrival of a new family member and how people like to guess the gender…the story shows how the new baby is given unconditional love, no matter what was predicted…Young readers will enjoy the funny illustrations. Highly recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“The warm artwork and gently rendered characters echo the love and affection the family feels for each other...A welcome addition to libraries looking to add books about new babies.”

School Library Journal

Other titles by Marie-Francine Hébert

Other titles by Guillaume Perreault

Other titles by Charles Simard