Children’s Books that Celebrate Moms

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day – so what better way to celebrate than by reading some sweet stories with your little ones. Here are some lovely books that showcase mothers. So curl up with your babies and enjoy some of these favorites:

Love You Forever – Both sweet and creepy, this book always brings a tear to my eyes. A mother sings to her son at different stages of his life:

“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

I Love You, Stinky Face – This is my youngest daughter’s current favorite bedtime story. A little boy wonders if his mother will still love him if he’s a stinky skunk or a bug eating alien, and various other frightful beings. His loving mother always has an answer to his questions, eventually lulling him to sleep with her promises to love him no matter what. A very sweet, sometimes funny story.

My Monster Mama Loves Me So – This is another family favorite, our copy is in tatters. A rhyming story about a monster and his mom and all the ways in which she shows her love. The pictures are vivid and full of little things to discover.

I Love You the Purplest – This story gives a beautiful answer to the question, “Who do you love more?” Beautiful watercolor illustrations and a nature theme, this book just makes you feel happy.

Hedgie’s Surprise – This is one of our favorite Jan Brett stories. All Hen wants is a brood of chicks so she can be a mother. Alas, every morning the Tomten comes and takes away her egg for breakfast. She and Hedgie hatch a plan to stop the Tomten, but will it work? Gorgeous illustrations, a funny story and an adorable hedgie…what’s to love?

M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual) – While this is a picture book, it’s really more for moms than it is for children. Written to the child, it tells you everything you need to know to keep your mom running at peak performance. Hilarious and sweet, this is a great book to read on a day when you just need a pick-me-up.

Ramona and Her Mother (Ramona Quimby) – My oldest daughter went through a Ramona phase when she was younger, and we both have fond memories of this book. What’s not to love about Ramona? She’s every-girl, sometimes silly, full of curiosity and mischief. This makes a great first chapter book read aloud.

Happy Mother’s Day ladies! I hope you all have a relaxing, lovely day!


Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-10 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 14 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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