The mother of all gift lists.
Every mum is one of a kind. A gloriously unique being that’s wise, warm, and impossibly wonderful. So this Mother’s Day, we’ve rounded up some of our absolute favourite books that show just how magical mums are – in all their differences.
1. I Love Mummy This Much – Julia Gray
If you’re looking for a unique book for a mum that’s unlike any other, then look no further. Julia Gray’s writing and Siski Kalla’s beautiful illustrations tell a story of love that’s bigger than the universe itself in I love mummy this much. The dealbreaker? You can personalise it with a child’s name and for grandma too!
2. World So Wide – Kate Alizadeh
New mums will love this gorgeous story. It celebrates the magic of a baby’s wondrous first sights and sounds, and talks about parents’ hopes for their baby’s future. Naw!
3. I Would Tuck You In – Sarah Asper-Smith and Mitchell Watley
Just how far will a mother go for her baby? To the ends of the earth, of course! Alaskan mummy animals show how they love their babies simply for who they are.
4. My Mom – Anthony Browne
A child describes their mum’s many marvellous abilities: from cook to juggler to painter. Not to mention her being as beautiful as a butterfly and as comfy as an armchair.
5. Little Fish and Mommy – Lucy Cousins
Mommy Fish teaches Little Fish to swim, blow bubbles, and say hello to all their friends. Fun and fish-shaped, this book celebrates the child-mum bond with eye-popping colors and playful scenes.
6. Everything is Mama – Jimmy Fallon and Miguel Ordóñez
Funny guy Jimmy Fallon takes a look at the world from your baby’s point of view. Different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to ‘mama’ for everyday objects and activities.
7. Hush! A Thai Lullaby – Minfong Ho and Holly Meade
Mums will do anything possible if it means their child will go to sleep. Even attempting the impossible: hushing all the animals in nature. Um, good luck!
8. Mama, Do You Love Me? – Barbara M. Joosse and Barbara Lavallee
There are no limits to a mum’s love. It’s not even bound by time or space! This book takes your little one on a trip to the Arctic, as well as showing them how much mum loves them.
9. My Two Moms and Me – Michael Joosten and Izak Zenou
If you’re looking for a book for children with two mums, this is just the ticket. It’s a diverse, stylish and funny tale about the love between kids and their LGBTQ+ families.
10. I’ve Loved You Since Forever – Hoda Kotb and Suzie Mason
A snuggle-tastic ode to that oh-so-special mum and child bond. It’s especially perfect for mums who’ve adopted their child, reinforcing the love they share.
11. Five Minutes’ Peace – Jill Murphy
Mrs Large wants five minutes’ peace from her energetic children, but chaos reigns in her house. A familiar scenario that busy mums will know all too well!
12. How to Babysit a Grandma – Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish
The tables are turned in this celebration of grandmas. Yep, the kids get to babysit grandma for the day. What could go wrong? You’ll find out.
13. I Will Love You – Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Lisa Anchin
Grab the tissues – this one’s an unconditional love letter, from mum to child. Not to be confused with the Whitney Houston song of (almost) the same name.
14. Mom and Me, Me and Mom – Miguel Tanco
A celebration of kids helping mums, and mums helping kids. The illustrations are simple but the message underneath is rich – showing the two-way bond between parents and little ones.
15. Mommy’s Khimar – Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn
A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother’s colourful headscarf, reminding her of how much her mum loves her.
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