“Capturing Brooklyn-based artist Samantha Hahn’s modern sensibility, A Mother Is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood is a stunning collection of hand-lettered quotes and ethereal illustrations. Rendered in Hahn’s signature watercolors, the book portrays the shared experience of motherhood in all its glorious, messy, sublime beauty.

A Mother Is a Story is published in conjunction with Stories for My Child: A Mother’s Memory Journal, a guided journal for capturing all the moments of motherhood.



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“Samantha’s beautiful illustrations make the mysteries of motherhood into an artistic journey and so lyrically captures all the moments which push and pull at our hearts as mothers on this amazing adventure.”–Christiane Lemieux, founder DwellStudio, author Undecorate and The Finer Things

“What I love most about this rich, beautiful book is how contradictory it is–because every mother is her own story, and their stories differ as much as the children those mothers produce. It’s all here–the wonder, the sacrifice, the hope, the obsession, the love.”–Emma Straub,New York Times best-selling author of The Vacationers

“Samantha’s gorgeous watercolors give life to the funny, touching and true moments of motherhood. A mother is a story–in this case, a very beautiful one.”–Joanna Goddard, blogger and founder of A Cup of Jo

A Mother Is A Story is a gorgeous book that goes right to the heart. I can’t get enough of Samantha’s stunning watercolors–they stay with me, and the words they illustrate come to mind as my own daily motherhood story unfolds.”–Gabrielle Blair, mother of six, blogger, andNew York Times best-selling author of Design Mom 

“Being a mother is a magical experience and Samantha does a wonderful job capturing the beauty of this wild adventure.”–Lela Rose, fashion designer and author of Pret-a-Party

A Mother Is A Story is full of wisdom and beauty; each spread is a meticulously and lovingly crafted piece of art.”–Aran Goyoaga, Cannelle et Vanille blogger and author of Small Plates & Sweet Treats


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“Samantha Hahn, an illustrator who works in watercolor, has a knack for capturing the fluidity of a costume and the gloss of an eye or lip.”— The New York Times


“…the prettiest (and coolest) book we’ve ever seen” Glamour Magazine UK


“Gorgeous…exquisite in every way…I can’t take my hands off of this book—I seriously love it and will definitely be buying copies to give to my friends”—Decor8


“Samantha Hahn’s gorgeously illustrated book…may very well be one of the best things ever.”—Rookie Magazine


“Talk about picture perfect”-J.Crew


“We fell instantly in love with the vibrant, feminine watercolors”.- Casa Sugar


“winsome watercolors”- New York Times


“Colorful, cheerful, energetic, whimsical”—Holly Becker, decor8


“instantly smitten”- Anthology Magazine

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