Monique James-Duncan


MONIQUE JAMES-DUNCAN is the author of Mommy Time, her publishing debut. Born in Britain and raised on the tiny island of the Commonwealth of Dominica, she is passionate about writing literature with mirrors so all children can feel “seen.”  Monique has been the Chair of the PS321 No Place For Hate Book Club for three years, where she helped raise over $30,000 to get diverse books into the hands of students and classrooms. She also propelled the program by securing many prominent authors’ visits, such as Vashti Harrison and Vanessa Brantley-Newton. She is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults (‘25) at The New School. A busy stay-at-home mother herself, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Written by Monique James-Duncan and illustrated by Ebony Glenn Mommy Time is an intimate picture book that captures the joys—and occasional struggles—of being a stay-at-home parent.  Rollicking rhyme and playful illustrations record a day in the life of two rambunctious children and their stay-at-home mother. As fun as it is being a kid, it can be hard work being a mom. When dad heads to his job, the joyful chaos of getting ready for the day begins. To the children, that day is a happy blur of school and play dates, singing and dancing, supermarket walks and library stops, bath time, story time, bedtime. But Mommy’s time is filled with a whole lot more—sweeping, laundry, stinky diapers—tiring work achieved with love in her eyes and care in her smiles. An authentic catalog of precious moments in the life of an ordinary family, this warm, revealing story builds a bridge of empathy between parent and child and celebrates the value of “Mommy time.”