Mother’s Day is a great day to tell your mama how much you love her! Of course you can and should be doing that everyday but let’s be real: we often take our mother’s love for granted as we grow up. Anyway, this is not a time to feel sad about all the morning messages by our mom we replied to in the evening — when we needed a quick recipe to cook a healthy meal at home. Instead, we can celebrate the unconditional love of mothers through these picture books.
Not to digress but listing these titles made me so very emotional. Reading aloud stories from physical books was never a ritual during my early childhood — maybe it was an Indian thing but stories were simply oral recitation of folklore and epics and legends. I must say I’m glad for hearing those while going to sleep as a toddler but picture books do hold this sweetness to them which is undeniable. So here I am, happy to share ten diverse picture books for kids to see themselves, their mothers, and the love between them on beautifully illustrated pages.
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Your Are Home by Mackenzie Porter, Ill. Xin Li
A lovely board book that reassures young ones that wherever they go, they carry the love of a parent. So no matter where they roam, they’ll always be home.
You Be Mommy by Karla Clark, Ill. Zoe Persico
A tired mother lets her rambunctious toddler have a turn being the parent at bedtime in this humorously charming picture book with rhyming text.
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
This non-fiction with a lyrical text is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history.
Mommy Sayang by Rosana Sullivan
This picture book, set in a Malaysian village, by a Pixar animator features little Aleeya, whose love for her mommy evolves and blossoms during a time of adversity,
Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan, Ill. Saffa Khan
A lyrical and heartwarming celebration of a mother’s love for her children to know they are loved and precious through a reassuring bedtime read-aloud.
Saturday by Oge Mora
In this warm and tender story, a mother and daughter go on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.
Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho
In an endearing lullaby, a mother asks a lizard, a monkey, and a water buffalo to be quiet and not disturb her sleeping baby.
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager, Ill. Mike Blanc
This is a beach conversation among three children when one boy asks another boy about having two mommies, and a young girl listening in asks some questions too.
Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies
A young girl and her mother talk about leaving their small mountain village to go to school and have the opportunity for more than a life of labour in the coffee trees.
Your Name is a Song by J Thompkins-Bigelow, Ill.
A little girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black–American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city.
There you go! Make sure to comment down below if you’ve read any of these picture books or if you plan on reading them or gifting them. As usual, leave recommendations for other such reads for kids too, if you’ve come across any. 💗