New Children’s Book “Mama Stitches” Offers Message of Love and Community


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Mama Stitches is the first book in a series of original stories about
how a mother dog, her puppies and their owner sew clothes for the
homeless and cover them with love.  (

New Britain, CT (USA), June 22nd, 2016 — The latest book from the
awarding winning house of Halo Publishing International is Akintunde
“Tunde” Sogunro’s book Mama Stitches: To Cover with Love. Mama
Stitches is the first book in a series of original stories about how a
mother dog, her puppies and their owner sew clothes for the homeless
and cover them with love. Beautifully illustrated by former Disney
artist, Chad Thompson, this story shares a message of love and
acceptance, of generosity and community; perfect for reading aloud to
your children.

“I wanted to create a story about the importance of love to be
shared with children who may or may not feel supported and encouraged
at home,” said author, Tunde. “I believe everyone is born with a
voice but as we grow and experience pain in life we begin to wear
masks and lose touch with our voice, identity and dream. As Mama
Stitches says: “Everyone has a story and a song in their heart. I
love to listen close and sew them just what they need!

“My hope is that, as children fall in love with Mama Stitches, they
will fall in love with reading and subsequently show love to the
homeless and needy in their community. It is the love, literacy and
community movement,” said Tunde. “Let’s start a love

As part of that desire to unite a community, Tunde has been working
over the past several months to bring together libraries, churches,
government officials and families for the Mama Stitches 5,000
Back-to-School Book Release Block Party where the vision is to provide
5,000 copies of Mama Stitches to 5,000 children and collect 5,000
articles of clothing for the homeless.

This will be the debut event of Cover With Love
(, a new non-profit that partners with other
organizations such as Reality Outreach Unlimited, Coram Deo, Family
Promise for the Homeless and Paradym Inc, that is dedicated to
showcasing the radical power of unconditional Agape love to the

“The message of “cover with love” in Tunde’s book Mama
Stitches is so joyful,” said Lisa Umina, founder and president of
Halo Publishing. “Tunde’s passion for building community through
this message of love and literacy is inspiring and I hope everyone
will have a chance to read this clever story. I imagine many will
relate to Mama Stitches’ pup Little Mama who wants to be good but
takes a little bit longer to understand the benefits of giving back.
It is fun to watch her grow to be filled with the community

The Mama Stitches 5,000 Back-to-School Book Release Block Party is
schedule for August 20, 2016 from 10am-2pm. Utilizing the totality of
the historic Trinity-On-Main performing Arts Center, (located at 69
Main Street, New Britain, Ct 06051), there will be story-telling, face
painting, caricature drawing, games, “Dunk the Major” with New
Britain Mayor, Erin Stewart and puppy petting. Admission to the event
is a donation of clothing. Business or organizations interested in
ensuring inner city children are introduced to Mama Stitches’ love,
can pre-order copies of Mama Stitches on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
They may also sponsor special edition copies of Mama Stitches for
inner city and DCF foster care children by contacting Tunde directly
at [email protected]

“We want to create an idea that will last and the message of Mama
Stitches is just that,” said Tunde. “What better way than to share
the message of “cover with love” at an old fashioned block party
where the entire community comes together. Our goal is to have 5,000
copies Mama Stitches: To Cover with Love sponsored so that the
children of Greater New Britain and Greater Hartford areas can receive
a free copy for their own enjoyment.”

The Mama Stitches Movement has just received exciting endorsements
from countless public figures including Nancy Serra, Superintendent of
New Britain Public Schools, Mayor Erin Stewart, and award winning
author Catherine Gibson. To learn more, visit and . Mama Stitches: To Cover with Love is available
to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes and Noble; $21.95 in hardcover.

* Series: Mama Stitches (Book 1)
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Illustrated: Chad Thompson
* Publisher: Halo Publishing International; 1st edition (July 25,
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 161244296X
* ISBN-13: 978-1612442969
* Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches

About Akintunde “Tunde” Sogunro:
Akintunde “Tunde” Sogunro is the director and producer of the
award winning inspirational documentary film, Victory. He is excited
to be pursuing a career living out his childhood dream by publishing
the first book in the Mama Stitches series. He received his
Bachelor’s of Arts degree in theater at Southern Connecticut State
University in 2011, and is currently a Masters of Fine Arts in
creative and professional writing candidate at Western Connecticut
State University. A native of Lagos, Nigeria who spent eight years
living in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, Tunde now resides in New Britain,
Connecticut where he spends time spreading Mama Stitches’ story of
hope and love all around his community.

About Halo Publishing International:
Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that
publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s literature,
self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to
help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different
services that help them do so.

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa M. Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
[email protected]

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