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