A day that celebrates moms is a perfect reason to cuddle up with your child and a good story.
“The beauty of a mother and child snuggling together while sharing a good book is simply an irreplaceable image,” says Dr. Maria Shaheen, senior director of early childhood education for Primrose Schools®. “Book experiences build strong bonds between a mother and child, and the content can help shape the ways children view mothers and motherhood.”
From stories about childhood dreams and family unity to a spotlight on different cultures and languages, a wide variety of titles celebrate the mother-child bond. Here are a few of our favorites.
“A Chair for My Mother” by Vera B. Williams
A little girl, her mother and grandmother save up for a new piece of furniture after a devastating house fire. This book is a wonderful story about how teamwork can help turn a difficult situation into a beautiful example of love, caring and generosity.
“Astro Girl” by Ken Wilson-Max
Astrid absolutely loves space, and she dreams of being an astronaut, just like her mother. Read our interview with the author about why he creates children’s books.
“Carry Me (Babies Everywhere)” by Star Bright Books
This simple board book uses bright, colorful photos to show the many different ways mothers (and fathers) carry their babies around the world.
“Doc Like Mommy” by Dr. Crystal Bowe
A young girl dreams of all the things she could be when she grows up. She may decide to be a doctor, just like her mom, but she knows her mom will be proud no matter what she decides.
“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney
Here, Little Nutbrown Hare asks Big Nutbrown Hare: “Guess how much I love you?” They use a series of metaphors to show how much they love each other — with the parent and child using increasingly larger measures to symbolize their affection.
“Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch
This book is about the unbreakable bond between a mother and child. Throughout the story, we witness the beauty of a mother’s love and how that love is returned when her child is an adult.
“On the Night You Were Born” by Nancy Tillman
The writing in this book is poetic and charming (“the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you”). It celebrates how a mother’s love begins right at birth, how special the day is and how that love continues.
“The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn
This story helps children cope with separation anxiety as they head to school. Here, the mother raccoon tells her child that if she kisses the child’s hand, he can hold his paw around the “kiss.” Then the little raccoon goes on his way. It illustrates that a mother’s love is always with you.
For more on how we foster a love of reading and lay the foundation for early literacy skills, check out:
- Teaching Children to Love Reading, and to Share the Joy of Books with Others
- Some of Our Favorite Books: Birth to Age 5
- 4 Reasons Why Reading to Babies Is Beneficial
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