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I Hug You in My Heart

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The Great Pause: Blessings & Wisdom from COVID-19


Customer Reviews

What a beautiful book! The story is so moving. The love between Nana and grandchild just leaps off the page. The colorful illustrations are just as perfect as the story itself. I was happily reminded of all the special moments I shared with my own grandchildren when they were younger and that warmed my heart. Thank you for sharing this story with us all. Brava!!I 


New Jersey

I love this book! I love it because it’s warm, and tender, and a story of love. It’s a teaching tool and a fantasy dream world for others. It’s a great bedtime story book. I love the paintings, watercolor, and the color saturation. . It's written in a very personal voice with a call and repeat ("Yippee!" and "I knew she'd say that.") These things delighted my granddaughter when I read it to her for the first time; and she liked the quiet, domestic tone. Don't we all?! If ALL children could experience the care and love conveyed in this book, we’d all have hope! We'll return to this book time and time again. What a wonderful present this book will make (for young mothers, for grandmothers, or a baby shower). I'm going to buy at least 5 more copies for giving to friends and relatives.. Thank you, April!



While I read this story to my 8 yr old grandson, he kept saying, this was us, except he's a boy and he doesn't like to snuggle, but he loves to sit in between me and his grandpa. Lol. It was awesome that he could relate to the story and I sure hope he understands that I also Hug him in my heart all the time. Excellent story book. Loved it.



In The Press



I have always loved children's story books and reading to children. While spending an overnight many years ago, my now 16 year old granddaughter, Kayla, asked me the question Zoe asks in the book. That question stayed with me, knowing that there was a story in it.  In 2020, encouraged to accomplish one big, bodacious goal, I finally finished writing this book and shopped around for a publisher. Finding the illustrator was momentous to see my characters come to life and then, the day the books arrived in December was beyond anything I have experienced before. It was beyond thrilling to actually touch my book. My long held dream of actually writing a book was real.

There are several  ideas percolating inside my head for new stories and some drafts are underway to produce a second book. I check in now with my 8 year old granddaughter, Olivia, to bounce my ideas off her and she is very encouraging! My hope is to write stories that resonate with children and families and that promote healthy development, socially and emotionally. Reflecting now, I seem to be returning to my roots in youth development but from a totally different angle as a writer. This is an exciting leg of my journey. Stay tuned!


News and Updates

March 1, 2021 Release

The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the children’s story book, “I Hug You in My Heart”, written by Hartford, CT native April Goff Brown, as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.

"I am thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Gold Seal of Approval,” says April Goff Brown. “I am especially thrilled since the book is still in pre-release with an expected retail release date for 4/6/2021. It is such a personal story for me and I hope that it will resonate with children and grandparents everywhere, especially in this time of COVID when families have been kept apart due to the pandemic”.

To be considered for an award, each author submits three (3) copies of the book for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The  evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval.

"Our aim is to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed to incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.”

About April Goff Brown. April is the author of “I Hug You in My Heart”.  This is her first children’s book published through Mascot Books. April’s book is based on actual visits with her two youngest granddaughters and the question central to the story was posed to her several years back by her now 16-year-old granddaughter, Kayla. April is also a contributing author in the anthology “The Great Pause: Wisdom & Blessings from COVID-19” published by Green Heart Press.

Currently, the book is available from the author and will be released to the retail market on April 6, 2021. 


About the Mom’s Choice Awards® : The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families. Learn more about the Mom's Choice Awards by visiting their website:

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