When I learned that my daughter Leigh was going to become a mother, I was over the moon with happiness. I wanted to write a book for the new baby, and for the new mama, too. I thought back to the time when Leigh was born. I remembered how exhausting it was to have a new baby and that sometimes I wanted to put my baby to bed not so much because she was tired, but because I was. Tired mamas and their not-so-tired babies were the inspiration for MAMA’S KISSES. I decided to turn the mamas and their babies into rain-forest animals because I thought it would be fun for human mamas to give their babies elephant kisses, leopard kisses, panda kisses and orangutan hugs.