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10 AMAZING Young Books to read around Mother’s Day

I think that special occasions throughout the year are a great reason to pull out a themed book and teach our kids about things in a fun way. Mother’s Day is a great time to focus on the theme of birth, family and love. Here are my top 10 family books to get those little minds thinking about Mother’s day and relationships with mums!

All these books can be enjoyed as a story read out loud from birth, although most have reading skills for 3-4 years+ to read alone.

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Why I Love My Mummy by Daniel Howarth

This simple book can be enjoyed from birth upwards. Why I Love My Mummy features short sentences in children’s own words about why they love their mummy, accompanied by beautiful wildlife illustrations of animals with their young. Very easy to memorize and enjoy!

I Love Mum with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Your children may already be familiar with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and will love this book which follows the same style. I Love Mum celebrates mother and child relationships through brightly coloured artwork of animals and simple ways to express love.

T-Rex and the Mother’s Day Hug by Lois G Grambling

Whilst a lot of Mother’s Day stories are about cute fluffy woodland animals or toddlers and their parents, T. Rex and the Mother’s Day Hug celebrates the love between a baby T-Rex and his mum, as he tries to find something nice to do for his mother to show his love. This should be a big hit with dinosaur fans and demonstrates the theme of how to show love by doing something nice for someone.

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman

Mommy, Mama and Me celebrates the love in a same-sex family and would be a great way to introduce a young child to the concept that some families have more than one mum. It’s got loads of lovely illustrations and is a story about a toddler spending the day with his two mothers that should hold the attention of youngsters.

The Mother’s Day Mice by Eve Bunting

In The Mother’s Day Mice three little mice are trying to find the perfect gift for their mother. This book is beautifully illustrated with loads of detail that will have kids pouring over the pages. It was written in 1988, but is still a wonderful classic story of family love.

Mr Men: My Mummy by Roger Hargeaves

This installment in the classic Mr Men series will appeal to children already familiar with the character of Little Miss, or newcomers to the series. My Mummy is designed to help kids express their feelings for their mum and explore why she is so special.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Although not specifically about mums, Guess How Much I Love You is one of our favourite Children’s books. Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare find ways to express their love for each other in this beautifully illustrated board book. We’ve been reading this to William since he was born and he loves it!

Someday by Alison McGhee

Whilst so far I’ve talked about ways for a child to express their love for their mother, Someday is a beautifully illustrated board book in which a mum expresses her love and her future dreams and wishes for her baby. It’s a lovely book and will help strengthen the bond between families and help your child understand how much you love them. Read it by yourself first as it might turn the waterworks on!

On the Night you were Born by Nancy Tillman

On the Night you were Born is a book about celebrating having new people in our lives. It celebrates the birth of a new child and how everyone around the world celebrated. It can start a conversation about how when they were born, we became mother’s and how we celebrate both the birth of our children and our newfound motherhood. A lovely rhyming story that even has a couple of sections where you use your child’s name, helping them feel that the book really is about them.

My Grandma is Wonderful by Nick Butterworth

Nick Butterworth has created a delightful series called My Family Is which celebrates the relationships between different members of the Family. It also has My Mum is Fantastic, My Dad is Brilliant and My Grandpa is Amazing. I’ve included My Grandma is Wonderful as the last book in this roundup because I think it’s also great to celebrate our grandparents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and to remind our little ones that granny is loved and loves us too. This could also be a point of discussion about how relationships work and how grandma is mummy’s mummy as well!

10 Amazing Mother's Day Books that talk about the theme of motherhood, love and family suitable for under 5s.

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Do you have any books you’d recommend reading around Mother’s Day?



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  • Reply Carol March 12, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Wonderful selections for Mother’s Day. Going just by illustrations I’m drawn to the first with the lovely bunnies and to Guess How Much I Love you -again with bunnies. Think I have a bunny fixation, ha. #MMBC

    • Reply Christy - WelshMum March 13, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you. Guess How Much I Love you is an amazing book and the illustrations are wonderful. I’m working on an Easter selection right now and I think you’ll be well pleased with the amount of bunnies!

  • Reply Jade @ Captured By Jade March 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Guess How Much I Love You is pretty much a children’s library staple for sure, and I love that you’ve included a book for grandmas / nans too – because I quite agree, they too should be celebrated on Mother’s Day.

    I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day yourself #MMBC

    • Reply Christy - WelshMum March 13, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      My mum is such a big presence in his life as my grandma was to me so I definitely want to show appreciation for all the grandparents out there. Even if I do secretly think they’ve got the easy job of handing the kids back at the end of the day!

  • Reply Catherine @ Story Snug March 12, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    I hope you had a wonderful Mothers’ Day :o)

    I love your choices, we have the Nick Butterworth My Mum book. I love Mrs Large in Jill Murphy’s picture books, I can relate to her situation so much better now that I’m a mother too!


    • Reply Christy - WelshMum March 13, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      I had a lovely Mother’s day thank you! I spent it with my own mum, husband and son and we had a lovely walk around Cardiff Bay and lunch out together. Glad these choices appeal to you. I’m looking forward to my next book selection for Father’s Day.

  • Reply Helena March 17, 2018 at 9:06 am

    These sound delightful. We’ve only got one of those listed sadly. #mmbc

  • Reply Lucy March 17, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    These books all look super cute. I’m looking forward to building up a library but don’t have a lot of money to spend on books right now. It’s hard to buy books on Amazon when they grow out of them so quickly.

    • Reply Christy - WelshMum March 17, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Charity shops are often very cheap for children’s books, or I recommend TheWorks. I bought 10 books for £10 from TheWorks for Christmas! Amazon can be a bit pricey for individual books, although it does have a great range. I’ve included a link to Scholastic that are very competitive.

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