Happy Mother’s Day! Sharing a picture book with your little one is a perfect way to spend your special day and remind you of the things that makes being a mama just so wonderful. Here are some of our favorite picture book picks for Mother’s Day.
One of the most comforting things to a young child is knowing that you’re safe and that your mama is close. Many picture books play off the delicious suspense of a young character looking for its mother while delivering a satisfying and comforting ending when the mother is found.
The most recognizable book that uses this pattern is P.D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? With wonderful humor, a newly hatched bird searches for his mother, asking animals and even planes and trucks, if each is his mother, until he finds himself back in the nest with his very own mama bird. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino, illustrated by Steven Kellogg also uses this pattern as a young llama asks other baby animals about their mothers. Readers will love the repetitive rhyming text and game of guessing each animal by its description.
Eric Carle’s Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? similarly shows a wide range of baby animals with their mothers with the comforting message that animals are just like us – they all love their babies. Each book reinforces the message that all animals have their own unique mothers. Even an almost wordless book like HUG by Jez Alborough shows this pattern in its most basic way. A little gorilla searches through an safari landscape looking for his mother, envious of the hugs other babies are getting from their mothers, until he finally finds his own mother and everyone shares a group hug.
As the relationship between child and mother is often the most familiar to even the youngest child, it is understandably a popular topic for picture books. Many books express a mother’s unconditional love for a child in soothing ways, such as the bestselling favorites The Runaway Bunny, Guess How Much I Love You or Mama Do You Love Me? If you’re looking for something different, either as a gift for a new mom or a book to share with your own child, these are some favorites in our store that just maybe you haven’t come across yet.
Someday by Alison McGhee and Peter Reynolds
A great gift for a new mom, this book about a mother’s dream for her daughter is guaranteed to warm your heart and might even make you tear up…just a little bit.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
Full of bright illustrations and colorful patterns, I love that this Caldecott Honor winning book show a multi-generational family and shows the love and sacrifices mothers make for their families.
Mama, Is it Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure
A perfect book for early May by one of my favorite artists. A mother and child explore the seasons, observing all the small changes in nature as spring becomes summer.
Mama’s Day by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Jan Ormerod
This picture book pays tribute to all mamas everywhere, as it follows mothers as they go about their day caring for their babies. I especially love that the illustrator shows families of different races and babies who aren’t happy all of the time, making the book even more lovable and real.
Do you have a favorite mother character from a picture book? Share some of your favorite books with us in the comments below. Happy Mother’s Day!