I hope that this list will bring something special into your home. Whether this is your first Mother’s Day or your 50th. I hope your day is filled with love and joy. Thank you to my readers who suggested some of these wonderful books about moms. Don’t forget to click on these links they will take you to both my book review on FamilyEducation.com and our complete mommy book list.
“Mama Outside, Mama Inside” by Dianna Hutts Aston was a delightful read. This is a story about a mama bird and a human mama as they prepare for and care for their new babies. Each page shows how the birdy mama does something then how the human mom does. My son loved it and when I flipped the page that talked about feeding babies, my son saw our favorite part before I did. The human mama was nursing and my little man said “Look mama, baby has boo boo! (his word for nursing) like me!” I melted and was so happy to see a mom nursing and it being treated as simply the way babies eat. As a nursing mom, I appreciated that. Great book for toddlers.
“My Mom” by Anthony Browne made me giggle. It’s a cute book narrated by a child who is listing off all the wonderful things about his or her mom. With every turn of the page, a new fantastic skill or talent is revealed my favorite was the exclamation that she is “The strongest woman in the world”. This was paired with a great illustration of her carrying bags and bags of groceries. The narrator tells us that his/her mom could do anything but instead, she is his mom. Which no matter what we moms do is exactly how our kid’s will and should see us.
“Mama Do You Love Me?” by Barbara M. Joosse is a well-loved book. I have read it many times but never reviewed it. There are a lot of books about children testing their mom’s unconditional love but this one stands out for me. In it, the little girl seems to go out of her way to aggravate her mom and really test her love. The mother is fantastic because she isn’t gushy or sickeningly sweet, she says she would get angry, worried, sad depending on what her daughter tests her with. However, after each honest answer, she follows it up with how she will always love her. Kids need to know even if they make us sad or angry it doesn’t change the depth of our love for them.
“Where Is Baby’s Mommy” by Karen Katz is the perfect book for your tinest book lover. It is bright, cheery and will grow with your child from the first few months through toddlerhood. The story is simple, a baby and mom are playing hide and seek, you play along with them by lifting the flaps to reveal where mommy is!
“Someday” by Alison McGhee was suggested by a reader and I can see why. It’s a sweet story probably a little more for grown daughters and mothers than children. But they will like it too. The book opens with a mom and a baby, the baby grows into a child and then continues on with the mother’s hopes for what her daughter will experience someday. Some are good, some are sad but all are things that we all must face as we grow older. This would be a great gift for your mom!
“A Chair For My Mother” by Vera B. Williams is another classic mom book and it deserves to be called that. A sweet story that includes 3 generations of women who are all working hard to save money to replace furniture lost in a fire. The comfy chair they are planning to buy really represents the comfort and safety they are trying to rebuild in their new home after such tragedy. I love the sense of collective good in this family, in our “Me me me!” world I like seeing books like this.
“Mama Always Comes Home” by Karma Wilson was a last minute grab at the library that I am so thankful I saw. It starts off with animal mother’s leaving their babies, for all different reasons. A bird gathering food, a dog greeting his master and more. The animal mothers leave, but they also always return to their babies. Then it switches to a child and mother. She reassures the child that she will be back and we watch her leave and return. I loved this book because my son isn’t the best when I leave him. He related to this book immediately and was repeating “Mama always comes home!” half way through.
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