Mum Goes to Work


Mum Goes to Work is a warm, reassuring and humorous look at what mothers do all day at work and home, and what their children do in childcare centres.

It’s early morning and everyone is arriving at the noisy childcare centre. Mum is going to work. “Bye, Mum.” What do mums do at work? Are the children as busy as their mums?

This book runs two stories in parallel, the main arc follows a group of children as they go to day care and the exciting times they have. On each page a new mother is introduced, with detail about her job. The story then goes on to talk about that mothers child and the fun things they’re doing.

The updated text and new illustrations reflect the modern-day setting, with multicultural families, a variety of professions and family situations.

Author Bio:

Libby Gleeson AM is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for children and teenagers. She grew up in country towns in Australia and trained as a teacher, living in Europe and England before returning to Australia to write full-time. Her books have been acclaimed both internationally and in Australia. Her awards include thirteen short-listings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, which she has won three times. The Great Bear (with Armin Greder) won the Bologna Ragazzi Award in 2000, the first time an Australian title has won this prestigious award, and Red won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction in 2013. Libby has received the Lady Cutler Award for Services to Children’s Literature (1997), the NSW Premier’s Special Award (2011) and the Dromkeen Medal (2011). In 2007 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia.


“This delightful picture book exudes happiness … Highly recommended.” Magpies magazine


  • Short-Listed for the 2015 Speech Pathology Book Of The Year Award, 3-5 Years Category
  • 1993 Prime Minister’s Multicultural Award, Picture Book Category.

Hard cover (Picture book)

Age range 5+

Full Colour

32 Page