Celebrate Mothers’ Day this year by cuddling with your children and reading them books that honors Mother as the smart, warm and loving creatures she is. We have created a list of our favorite children’s books for the Mother’s Day that highlight and reinforce the wonderful bond between mothers and babies. With a lovely storyline and beautiful illustrations, these books should not be set aside solely for Mother’s Day – because they are ideal for mommy-and-me time any day of the year.
Written and Illustrated by Janell Cannon
Stellaluna,a baby bat, is separated from her mother, before she’s old enough to fly. While living with other birds, she learns not all winged animal eat fruit. Swallowing the crwaling food is just one of the amazing things this little bat must learn to do.
Written and Illustrated by Robert McCloskey
For the winter season, Sal and her mother pick blueberries to can. But when Sal wanders to Blueberry Hill’s other side, she finds a mama bear preparing for her own long winter. In the meantime, Sal’s mother is being chased by a little bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother have the right little one to go home?
Written by Audrey Penn, Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
Just before school begins in the forest, Chester Raccoon begins to feel a bit nervous, and doesn’t want to go. To make Chester feel better, Mrs Raccoon shares with him a family secret known as the Kissing Hand to remind him of her affection if his life feels a little bit scary.
Written and Illustrated by Vera B. Williams
It is a story about a young girl Rosa, her mother, her grandmother and their determination to bring their lives back to normal after a fire in their home that destroyed all their belongings. All three are working hard throughout the story to save their money to buy a big comfortable chair they can all enjoy. The book teaches readers lessons of hard work, kindness and gratitude and it is full of beautifully crafted illustrations.
Written and Illustrated by Todd Parr
In many ways mommies are fantastic. Can you name them all ?! Perhaps not in a book but let’s try it.
Written by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Sheila McGraw
It’s a story of how a little boy goes through the childhood stages and becomes a man. It is also about the universal essence of the love of parents and how it intersects with generations. “Love you Forever,” is a book that kids and adults alike will enjoy – again and again.
Written and Illustrated by Jane Cowen Fletcher
It is a story about the imagination of a young boy who turns the wheelchair of his mother into a zooming machine that takes them on an exciting adventures together.
Written and Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
When you recall your grandma, do you think of some shoes, cosmetics or candy? As well as a special gift for her granddaughter, this trendy grandma totes her necessities in her purse.
Written by C. M. Surrisi, Illustrated by Diane Goode
This is a story for someone who’s fantasized about finding a different kind of mother – may be one who’s nagging less and saying yes more – just to be told that there’s no mother like the one you have.
Written by Nancy Tupper Ling, Illustrated by Jessica Lanan
Once a young boy asks his mom to tell him how he came to his family, she tells a beautiful bedtime story that culminates in his foreign adoption story.
Written by Angela McAllister, Illustrated by Alex T. Smith
This fun tale gives a nod to maternal superpowers for any child who’s wondered how Mom always “knew” what she was up to.
Written by Beverly Cleary, Illustrated by Tracy Dockray
Any kid who has ever wanted to be grown up, but who keeps on to Mom’s attention, can also relate to Ramona’s character in this book.
Written by Jean Reagan, Illustrated by Lee Wildish
Children would love to imagine what it would be like if they were in charge of their moms! It’s not hard to find out where the children in this story learned all their tricks, from preparing supplies for an adventure to standing patiently in long lines.
Written by Deborah Guarino, Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Lloyd the Llama discovers what kind of animal everyones mom really is in this cute rhyming guessing game picture book. Children will be charmed and amused with questions and responses that rhyme.
Written by Natasha Wing, Illustrated by Amy Wummer
Dad and children are so excited to prepare for Mom’s wonderful surprise! This fun book offers some great ideas about how children can make heartfelt gifts without having to spend a lot of money.
Written by Timothy Knapman, Illustrated by Joe Berger
All of the moms are awesome, and the mom in this story is no different. She’s not wearing a cape, but she running for the bus so quickly it looks like she is skipping around. She uses her super strength to carry her daughter’s boots, suit, purse and scooter and with a smile, she can make bruises better. Perhaps moms have superpowers !
Written by Hoda Kotb, Illustrated by Suzie Mason
Mama bear and her cub cuddle together before closing their eyes for a good nights sleep to reflect on the daily wonders of life that make them happy. They name all the stuff that make them happy from baby chicks to playing with friends and the bright stars that bring the night. Yet when they’re together those bears are happiest of all.
Written by P. D. Eastman
In this funny book, a baby bird goes goes in search of his mother and doesn’t know what she looks like which makes it more of a battle. Even after encountering a kitten, a duck, a dog and a snort, the little hatchling is determined to find his mother. The timeless message of the Mother-Child relationship make books like “Are You My Mother?” a must for baby showers and Mother’s Day.
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Happy Mother’s Day !