Ad Spot

Mason Balbo, 9, co-authors book with his mother

HUNTSVILLE – Nine-year-old Mason Balbo and his mother have co-authored a children’s book that reveals what children want most from their parents.

Based in downtown Huntsville, “Date Night With Mom” tells Mason’s true story, when he was seven years old. His mother surprised him after school to take Mason on a ‘date. During their spontaneous fun, Mason and his mother Maryann spent quality time together eating chicken wings and playing video games.

“The simple story from a child’s perspective promotes a powerful message: What children crave most from parents is their time,” Maryann said. The book includes interactive suggestions for a parent to schedule a ‘date night’ and a contest involving social media for free gifts.

Mason is a third-grader at Holy Spirit Regional School in Huntsville. The family lives in The Reserves off Zierdt Road.

Scenes in the book are based in downtown Huntsville with views of Holy Spirit Regional School, Harrison Brothers Hardware, U.G. White, Pints and Pixels, Green Street Market, Madison County Courthouse and city parking garage.

Local artist Heather Legge-Click designed the book’s illustrations.

The Facebook page (Facebook/Date Night With Mom) and their Instagram account are filled with photographs of children featured with the book locally and as far away as Hawaii.

Maryann Balbo works as General Manager of The Valley’s CW broadcast station.

The Balbos conducted a book signing and launch party at Harrison Brothers Hardware on Dec. 1. Guests enjoyed a visit from Santa, hot chocolate, reading of the book by the author and book signings.

Books are on sale locally at U.G. White, Harrison Brothers Hardware, Envy Boutique and Learning Express. In addition, the book is available on Amazon. Autographed copies are available direct from the authors on Facebook/Pay Pal.

For more information about “Date Night With Mom,” visit datenightwithmom.com or Facebook/Date Night With Mother.

The authors and illustrator are available for book signings and story hour. Currently, the Balbos are planning charity events in the community and donating copies of their book to local libraries.

Harvest

Partnership giving away Fentanyl test strips

Madison

Sheriff: Man flees from Limestone deputies in stolen ambulance, stolen fire truck

Madison

Triana, Madison libraries offer Makerspace for hi-tech crafts and more

Harvest

Art Tour of Homes expands into Madison with Estes and Overcash houses

Bob Jones High School

Neha, Puja Chopade’s research with Harvard mentors published in journal

Madison

Wroblewski in 15-mile swimming challenge for Wounded Warriors

Huntsville

Huntsville Ballet Company announces new season

Digital Version

Check out the August 2022 issue of Madison Living

Madison

Madison teen charged with murder after allegedly shooting brother

Bob Jones High School

Madison Area Lions’ donations help school nurses

Madison

Trash Pandas hang on, beat Lookouts 3-2 in finale

Madison

NewsNation network lauds Rodney Smith’s free lawn care

Madison

UPDATE: Madison man accused of killing former girlfriend

News

RD3 Legacy 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament Set For August 13

Madison

Trash Pandas bounce back against Lookouts with 5-2 victory

Bob Jones High School

Beautification board issues awards for well-kept sites

Madison

Auburn alum Sonny DiChiara joins Trash Pandas

Madison

MPD: Family dispute leads to shooting in Madison

Business

Former Huntsville business executive charged with wire fraud

Madison

Man charged with ex-girlfriend’s murder in Madison area

Huntsville

HPD makes drug bust in traffic stop

Huntsville

City of Huntsville mourns loss of Huntsville Fire & Rescue cadet

Madison

Weather ends Trash Pandas’ comeback bid in 4-3 loss

Bob Jones High School

PTA advises starting now for Reflections entries

x