Reading to my children is the main reason I started this blog. I love reading and want to help other moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and teachers (and anyone who interacts with children for that matter) find new books. Good books! Books you can’t put down because your kids ask for them again and again books!
So, since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I’m providing you with 10 children’s books starring moms plus a bonus book. I hope you enjoy them.
The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman is a favorite around here starring mom, Mrs. Peters. I love her story and the resolution– and I adore Marla Frazee’s illustrations! Oh, and seriously, that is a lot of quality rhyming!
Just What Mama Needs by Sharlee Mullins Glenn is the cutest little story. Introducing young Abby who pretends to be all kinds of different things & the Mama is just the best! She always embraces Abby’s imagination- it’s adorable, trust me.
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: When a baby bird hatches all alone and falls from his nest, he goes to search for his mother. He asks everyone he meets, from a dog to a plane: “Are you my mother?” I love the moment of recognition when he finally meets his mother.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch: This is a story about the unstoppable nature of a mother’s love. This mother sings to her sleeping baby: “I’ll love you forever / I’ll love you for always / As long as I’m living / My baby you’ll be” and continues singing it through all the stages of her child’s life until the time when she’s too old and frail to hold him — and he holds her.
I Love You As Much… by Laura Krauss Melmed is the loveliest of books! Different animal mommies say how much they love their little ones (the camel: as much as the desert is dry). These statements are paired with wonderful, tender illustrations– I cannot believe I have not seen this book before now! Thanks to my local library for having it on display.
What Moms Can’t Do by Douglas Wood is a funny book about things a child thinks his mom can’t do. This little guy has a pretty entertaining take on his mom’s ability to get stuff done. My favorite, “Sometimes moms can’t hear themselves think (I can relate).” Cute story!
If You Were Born a Kitten by Marion Dane Bauer: This book is ABSOLUTELY beautiful. The illustrations are immaculate and the message is wonderful. The book talks about many different animal babies and what it’s like for them to come into this world, ending with a human baby and mother of course.
Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is a fantastic poetic story told by a loving mother about little babies from all over the world, all so different- yet they all have ten little fingers & ten little toes.
Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney: I love Llama Llama and his wonderful mama! Here we see them in a totally typical mom/child moment– which thankfully is resolved happily and not by them leaving the store as quickly as possible with Llama Llama screaming in her arms (not that that’s ever happened to me or anything.)
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino: When you want a funny book with great rhymes that you won’t mind reading over and over this hits the spot. My kids loved having this one read to them. Lloyd the llama is looking for his mama and asks all kinds of bird and animal babies if their mamas are llamas, which gets excited young readers (and their mamas) guessing about what creature exactly each baby is. There’s a satisfying ending and enchanting illustrations.
BONUS: What Mommies Do Best by Laura Numeroff: This book is SO great. (and BONUS you get two books in one with this puppy, so you can celebrate Daddies too.)
Hopefully this list helps get you in a Mother’s Day mood. Grab one of these and a kiddo and get reading!
Your turn: What are some of your favorite children’s books starring moms? Feel free to share in the comments.