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Secret Agent Josephine’s Children’s Books

By Isabel Kallman

I am bursting with pride and happiness for our longtime contributor Brenda Ponnay, and the launch of her kids’ book series under her alter ego, Secret Agent Josephine.  Brenda has been a team member of ours for over five years and her distinct work is found throughout  on our site.

Raise your hand if you read our Pregnancy Calendar while expecting, written by Amalah?  I knew from day one that I wanted Brenda to illustrate it.  I became a fan of Brenda’s and her artwork back in 2005 when she was pregnant with her daughter “Bug.”  At the time Brenda would make doodles for her own blog and her illustrations were always funny and friendly.  I knew that she was the right fit for us.

Since then Brenda has joined us as a crafts contributor, sharing the innovative art projects that she creates with her daughter and her friends.  She is crazy talented and beloved.

So, without further ado I present Secret Agent Josephine’s book series:


Secret Agent Josephine's Children's Books


In true early-adopter spirit (Brenda has been blogging since 2002), Brenda’s children’s books are available as ebooks as well as in print.

iPad/iPhoneABCsColors, and Numbers.

KindleABCsColors, and Numbers.

NookABCsColors, and Numbers.

Paperback: ABCs, Colors, Numbers.

I think the ABCs book is perfect for babies and toddlers to explore on their own.  The Colors book uses fun alliteration that will make toddlers and preschoolers giggle and will be a fun challenge for young readers. The Numbers book is chock-full of fun illustrations for young ones to count.

I really wish Brenda’s books were around when my now eight-year was younger.  I just know he would have spent hours swiping the pages back and forth on our iPad, quietly soaking up at her artwork.  As every Mama knows… Silence is of the Gods…only monkeys chatter.

Now here comes the fun!  Brenda is giving away one print today of the letter “M” (update: I made a mistake.  It’s actually the letter “M” from Brenda’s ABC book– whee!).  To enter, just leave a comment telling me your favorite TV character mom.  The comments will close at midnight on Dec 5th and I’ll randomly choose a winner on December 6th.

Congratulations Brenda, and I can’t wait for the next book!

Isabel Kallman
About the Author

Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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  • radiem

    December 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Those books are too cute. Favorite TV mom? Marge Simpson!

  • Jennifer

    December 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Mrs. Cunningham!

  • Melinda Handy

    December 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Brenda’s books are so awesome! I bought all three for my baby nieces for Christmas. My favorite TV mom would have to be: Ma Ingall’s from Little House on the Prairie. So kind and so strong!

  • Robin

    December 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    My favorite TV mom is Claire Pritchett from Modern Family!

  • Jenn S

    December 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Marge Simpson, for sure!

  • Teresa

    December 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    What cute illustrations! I liked the mom on 7th Heaven, but then I just like that whole family! 🙂

  • Jennifer G

    December 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    My favorite tv mom is Caroline Ingalls. I love Little House on the Prairie 🙂

  • April U

    December 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Christina from Parenthood is my favorite current TV mom. Her control freak tendencies remind me of myself! 🙂

  • Abigail

    December 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Lorelai Gilmore!

  • Tina

    December 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Growing up I loved watching The Brady Bunch, so Mrs. Brady STILL stands out to me. 🙂

  • Janet - B's Aunt

    December 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Reba McEntire in her TV comedy show “Reba” ~ been enjoying her reruns lately!

  • ioi

    December 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Dr. Quin, I guess. we didn’t/don’t watch that much TV, but that’s mom I can remember.

  • Michelle

    December 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Then = Jane Jetson
    Now = Miranda Hobbes

  • Meggan

    December 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I’ll say Ms. Anderson from Father Knows Best. I used to watch that as a kid and I stayed home sick from school. But I really, really want a letter M. I’ve been waiting until the M day give away!

  • Annabet

    December 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I love Claire Huxtable on the Cosby Show!

  • DMD

    December 2, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Hands down my favorite (who’s on prime time right now), is Claire Dunphy from Modern Family. She is my twin. My husband and I laugh and laugh at how similar we are 🙂

  • MargieK

    December 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Lots of wonderful moms to choose from…
    June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsly) tops my list.

  • KarenG

    December 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Back in the old days before I was a mom it would have been Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch. Now that I am a mom, with teenagers, it is definitely Frankie Heck from The Middle.

  • Bethany

    December 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I’m a big fan of Lorelei Gilmore, even though it isn’t on anymore. Thank God for Netflix!

  • Becky

    December 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Claire Huxtabel from the Cosby Show-loved her! So sassy, and smart and kind to boot 🙂

  • Kat

    December 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I always enjoy Brenda’s craft posts, and I am excited to see her books!

    My favorite TV character mom is Lorelei Gilmore.

  • Amy

    December 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Marge Simpson!

  • Claire

    December 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Caroline Ingalls!

  • kim @ mommyknows

    December 5, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Brenda is so talented! I love all three books.

  • Katy

    December 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    My favorite TV mom is definitely Lois from Malcolm in the Middle.  🙂

  • Alissa

    December 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Absolutely Claire from Modern Family.  Best show on TV right now!