Maryann Balbo


“Date Night With Mom” is a children’s book co-authored by a Huntsville son and his mother about an evening they shut off electronics and spent some quality time together. A simple adventure told by a 7-year-old with a powerful message. Quality time vs quantity is what our children really desire. The book includes some interactive suggestions and thought-provoking questions. The setting is in downtown Huntsville, Alabama where Mason lives. Illustrator is local Huntsville artist Heather Legge-Click.

The book is available NOW on Amazon, direct from the author autographed, and in select stores! Including UG White, Harrison Brothers Hardware, Learning Express, Envy Boutique, Huntsville Museum of Art and Acorn Treasures.


Maryann Balbo is a native of Northern New York living in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a mother of two children, Mason and Maxine, and works alongside her husband, Jon, running a local television station-The Valley’s CW. As a busy working professional and mother, she recognizes quality time spent with her children and spouse is invaluable.

Mason Balbo was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and is a current 3rd grader at Holy Spirit Regional School in Huntsville, Alabama. He loves to play the guitar, run with his dog Hank and eat chicken wings.


Heather Legg-Click is a fine artist with a BA in Studio Art and Art History from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. She focuses mainly on contemporary watercolor studies, large acrylic paintings, and picture book illustrations, but sometimes meanders into the realm of polymer clay and soft sculptures. Her varied works are inspired by her fascination with co-existence, communication, and respect for life.