On Sunday I will devote the whole day to a huge long list of all the mommy books I have reviewed this year and last. I hope that my readers will include their favorites as well. But, for tonight I am sharing some sweet books about mothers that are new finds to me. I hope that if you haven’t already discovered these gems that you will get a chance to soon.
“Mama’s Saris” by Pooja Makhijani is a simple yet rich story about a little girl and her desire to dress in her mama’s clothes. I think I would be hard pressed to find a woman who doesn’t remember watching in awe as her mom got dressed for a special event and wanting to dress just like mama. The narrator is Hindu and her mama wears a sari for special occasions. And she stubbornly tries to get her mom to let her wear one for her 7th birthday. The illustrations are beautiful, especially the jewel tones of the various saris. This book would be a great one to read before playing dress up or other pretend play. The story is touching and although it’s too long for toddlers, it’s a great book for preschoolers!
“Hair for Mama” by Kelly A. Tinkham is beautiful. The story is about a little boy who is desperate to find some hair for his mama who has lost hers to chemotherapy. Marcus wants mama to be in the family photo but she doesn’t want to be the way she looks. His mission comes to a climax when he shaves off all his own hair hoping to give it to his mama. When the barber sweeps it up with the other hair on the floor Marcus is heart broken and goes home in tears.
I was sobbing reading this. I knew it was a story about a mom having cancer. But the way the author wrote it, it was magical. The complex emotions this little boy felt for his mom and she for him, jumped off the page and you can’t help but cry. I wasn’t sad though. But I was touched by the love and desire to fix his mom and make everything better. As well as his parent’s tenderness to his feelings. We can’t recommend this book more highly. I should note that this is not a book for toddlers. I would probably wait until a child is 4-5 before reading them this gem.
“My Mama Says There Aren’t Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins or Things.” by Judith Viorst is a lovely, touching but not a saccharine book about how moms make mistakes too. The little boy narrating the book continues to insist that there are monsters and such despite his mom saying there isn’t. He used the fact that he often catches his mom making little mistakes to prove that she must be wrong when she says those horrible creatures don’t exist. In the end, though mama keeps him safe and is right after all.
“Piglet and Mama” by Margaret Wild is the only book in this list I would suggest for the under 3 crowd. My son loved it. Piglet is searching for his mom everywhere. And even though all the other animal mommies offer for him to join them and their babies he wants his mom! The illustrations by Stephen Michael King capture the warmth between a mama and her baby beautifully. My son has the “Mama” scream perfected. And quite enjoyed seeing the little piglet do the same thing for her mama. We had a nice chat after reading this about separation, something we have been struggling with for a while. Before nap today I reminded my son that just like piglet his mama will come get him when he wakes up. Even if separation anxiety isn’t something you are dealing with at your house this is a sweet book.
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Wish my boys were young enough to think wonderful books like these were cool enough to read. They like their books without pictures and with lots of chapters. Can’t wait to grow up, I guess.
I will recommend these books to my clients though. Thank you!!
Stef plus 3 says
Thanks for all the great ideas!
My daughter loves “When Mama Comes Home Tonight” by Eileen Spinelli. I’ll have to check out the books you recommended.
Love these – “My Mama Says…”looks just fabulous! Will have to schedule a library date soon!
I love your blog! Thanks for the book suggestions…I’m fresh out of ideas, but you always have so many. Thanks again!
Brimful Curiosities says
I love the book “Someday” by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Perfect for mothers, maybe not so much for children even though it is a picture book.
I hope on Sunday you mention my favorite children’s book “It’s Going to be Perfect” by Nancy Carlson. My kids enjoy this book as well, but I think it’s mostly for mothers. Everytime I read this book to another mom, we both end up in tears!!
The Meet-Cute says
Don’t forget A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams! Great list:)
Thank you so much for posting such wonderful book reviews. I’ve only recently stumbled onto your site and am making quite a list of books for my little munchkin!