Best Children's Books About Moms

Our 28 Favorite Literary Mothers and Books To Celebrate Moms

Updated Jan. 19, 2019

There are many different types of moms. We've made the ultimate list of our favorite literary moms or motherly figures (whether they gave birth or not). From hugs and kisses, comfort and smiles, magic or reality (is there actually a difference when it comes to mothers?), these moms show what motherhood is all about: love. Plus, a whole lot of strength, intelligence, hard-work, and selflessness. Whether they're working moms, adoptive mothers, grandmas, or another motherly figure, we're pretty sure you'll fall in love with all of them.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book
#1
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Written by J. K. Rowling
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Molly Weasley is hands down my favorite mother-figure in all of literature. She's warm and over-flowing with love for her own children as well as for everyone else in her life that she can feel needs a little extra care. She's also perfectly imperfect—stressed about her mis-behaving children, flustered by the details of a wedding, her worst nightmare is her dead family, she will swear at your if you try and kill her children, etc.—which makes her real and relatable in a way that literature mothers so rarely are. She'll knit you handmade sweaters, bake you a birthday cake in your favorite shape, and send you a loud warning if you step a toe out of line!

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Little Women  book
#2
Little Women
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-14
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Marmee is my all-time favorite literary mother. The wisdom, love, and grace she shows is remarkable, and I love the example she sets to her children of kindness, service, faith, and the importance of family. She lovingly teaches and softly admonishes, and reading about her will basically just melt your heart!

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher. The novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. Little Women was an immediate commercial and critical success, and readers demanded to know more about the characters. Alcott quickly completed a second volume (entitled Good Wives in the United Kingdom, although this name derived from the publisher and not from Alcott). It was also successful. The two volumes were issued in 1880 in a single work entitled Little Women. Alcott also wrote two sequels to her popular work, both of which also featured the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Although Little Women was a novel for girls, it differed notably from the current writings for children, especially girls. The novel addressed three major themes: "domesticity, work, and true love, all of them interdependent and each necessary to the achievement of its heroine's individual identity."

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin in Bloom) book
#3
Anne of Green Gables (Puffin in Bloom)
Written by L.M. Montgomery
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Puffin in Bloom is a charming assortment of classic novels with coming-of-age themes, aimed at the young reader. Bond, a stationary artist with Rifle Paper Co. renowned for her floral patterns, puts her signature touch on the covers in this line, because just as a flower blossoms, a young child comes into her own.

Mama Seeton's Whistle book
#4
Mama Seeton's Whistle
Written by Jerry Spinelli and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is the sweetest book about a mother's love for her children! I love the sweet text and that the tradition of whistling was passed down to her children. The illustrations are lovely, too!

Without even thinking about it,Mama Seeton puckered her lips and whistled.It was not a loud whistle.Or a fancy whistle. Just a simple two-note whistle. When Mama Seeton whistles, her children run home for chocolate cake, hugs, kisses, and shared memories. But as time passes, they travel farther and farther away from the familiar sound. Can mama's whistle be heard all over the world, and bring her children home one more time? Newbery Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli's sweet lyrical text and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham's charming illustrations show the timeless love between a mother and her children.

Wally Does Not Want a Haircut book
#5
Wally Does Not Want a Haircut
Written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Wally the sheep does not want to get the haircut he really needs, even after all the other farm animals get new hairdos, but when his shaggy wool gets him in trouble, he has no choice but to ask for a trim.

Mommy's Best Kisses book
#6
Mommy's Best Kisses
Written by Margaret Anastas and illustrated by Susan Winter
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I absolutely love this sweet book! The illustration style reminds me more of books I read when I was little--sweet, soft, and warm. It's fun that each page is a different animal child and mom. But mostly, I just don't know how anyone can resist a book about all the kisses from mommy!

Every mother knows that the sweetest way to say "I love you" is with a kiss. This loving book shows that animals know all about a mother's love, too.

Bunny Roo, I Love You book
#7
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr and illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this beautiful book! The illustrations are fantastic, and I love the concept. The loving mom talks about all the baby's traits and likens them to animals and shares how she cares for and loves her baby. Such a sweet read!

A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

Little House in the Big Woods book
#8
Little House in the Big Woods
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Caroline, the mother in the Little House series, is a fabulous example of a loving, hard-working mother. She takes care of so many household chores to keep things up and running, takes care of her children, and teaches her children to work hard. She is well educated and passes along a love of books to her children, which of course makes me a big fan. :)

Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her folks celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep. And so begins Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

My Mom Is Magical book
#9
My Mom Is Magical
Written and illustrated by Hello!Lucky
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is full of affirmation for mom and a fun way for kids to learn how amazing their mom is! I like how colorful and cute the book is, and this will especially be a hit for any unicorn lovers. :)

My Mom Is Magical, featuring a magical unicorn, and My Dad Is Amazing, featuring a mythical yeti, are joyful tributes to just how amazing parents (and their kids!) are.

A Wrinkle in Time book
#10
A Wrinkle in Time
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-14
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Mrs. Murry is a fantastic mother to Meg and Charles. Apart from being smart (she's a scientist), she shows such devotion to her missing husband and courgageously and patiently parents while faithfully hoping for his return. She never lets the judgement of others get her down.

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Bear of My Heart book
#11
Bear of My Heart
Written by Joanne Ryder and illustrated by Margie Moore
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

There are so many bears in the world dear, but there's no other one that will do. You are the bear of my heart, dear, and I am the one who lives you. Every mother makes promises to share the joys and wonders of the world with her children and Mother Bear is no exception. As Mother Bear introduces her child to the hills, lakes, caves and starry nights, she reminds Baby that no matter what, he will always remain the bear of her heart and she will always be there for him. With Joanne Ryder's heartfelt lyrical text and adorable illustrations by Margie Moore, this beautiful hardcover is now available in board book and is perfect book for sharing on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or any day of the year!

1-2-3, You Love Me book
#12
1-2-3, You Love Me
Written and illustrated by Jill Howarth
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From one bear hug to twelve pretty red roses, 1-2-3, You Love Me will foster lots of hugs, kisses, and affection between parent and child while teaching young ones to count from one to twelve. With charming love-filled illustrations, sturdy pages, and clever rhyming text, this is the perfect gift for baby for Valentine's Day or any time of year. Sipping on yummy shakes, cuddling puppies, counting the colors in a rainbow, and making music with friends are all ways that children can express their love for their friends and family with Jill Howarth's delightful board book.

Baby Penguins Everywhere! book
#13
Baby Penguins Everywhere!
Written and illustrated by Melissa Guion
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Can there be such a thing as too many adorable penguins? One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on! At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone. Yet as newcomer Melissa Guion reminds us in her adorable debut picture book, alone time is all well and good, but, it’s family time that’s best of all. Perfect for any mama penguin with a family, or classroom, full of mischievous little ones. And perfect for toddlers who will smile over all the little penguins and the silliness that ensues.

Hugga Bugga Love book
#14
Hugga Bugga Love
Written by Diane Ohanesian and illustrated by Gillian Flint
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little boy has had enough of his mom giving him hugs, kisses, and cuddles. She calls it "hugga bugga love," and it's a special love that the son eventually accepts because he learns his mom's hugga buggas show him how much she loves him. Please, Mama! No more kisses. I get kisses all day through! I need some space! And it's MY face. One hug and kiss will do! Mom loves kissing, hugging, and cuddling her precious little boy. She calls it hugga bugga love--but he has had enough! From lunchtime to playtime to bath time to nighttime, there's no escaping her hugga bugga love. He isn't even safe just pulling off his socks! But he learns to accept his mom's affection, because he realizes that he's hers and she's all his, and her hugga buggas show him how much she loves him.

Mama Loves You So book
#15
Mama Loves You So
Written by Terry Pierce and illustrated by Simone Shin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

With lilting lullaby text and lovely illustrations, the New Books for Newborns stories are the perfect first books for new parents to share with their little ones right from the start! Start here. If only raising a child was that easy. It can be difficult in the first year to figure out what’s just right for your baby. But with this new line of books—New Books for Newborns— story time is really that simple. Designed as the first books to start reading with your baby, these just-right stories hit all the right notes with soothing texts, lovely art, and, most importantly, stories meant for sharing any time of the day. Start here. Snuggle up. It’s story time! This book celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature…a mama’s love is higher than a mountain and deeper than any stream.

These Words I Shaped for You book
#16
These Words I Shaped for You
Written by Megan Merchant and illustrated by Basak Agaoglu
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A loving, lyrical ode to the bond shared between mother and child in the tradition of You Are My I Love You and On the Night You Were Born. Before you were born, you fit into the round fullness of my belly and when I dreamt I sent words like love to keep you safe. And when I first touched your tiny hand to mine, I drew a heart inside your palm for you to hold. There is no love more beautiful, more pure, than the deep-rooted love shared between parent and child. Told with vivid, poetic language, and accompanied by Basak Agaoglu's adorable, child-friendly art, Megan Merchant infuses genuine warmth and compassion in this celebration of a mother's heartfelt affection for her child. Whether it's Mother's day, Valentine's Day, graduation, or just an ordinary day, this is the perfect book to share with the people in our lives we cherish most.

Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum! book
#17
Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum!
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Get cooking with Llama Llama in this scratch-and-sniff board book! Llama Llama and his Mama are in the kitchen whipping up some delicious treats! Join in the fun by reading along with this super-sweet story and scratching and sniffing the fun scents on each spread, like pickles and ice cream sundaes!

Hush! book
#18
Hush!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

A lullaby which asks animals such as a lizard, monkey, and water-buffalo to be quiet and not disturb the sleeping baby.

I've Loved You Since Forever book
#19
I've Loved You Since Forever
Written by Hoda Kotb and illustrated by Suzie Mason
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lyrical text and illustrations of baby animals and their mothers show the love of a parent.

Ramona and Her Mother book
#20
Ramona and Her Mother
Written by Beverly Cleary and illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Beverly Cleary has given books to each member of the Quimby household except Mrs. Quimby. Now she gets her turn at last in a story that hits the high and low points of a working mother's life as seen from Ramona's seven-and-a-half-year-old viewpoint. Inevitably domestic tensions, not without their amusing side, occasionally arise. Mr. and Mrs. Quimby sometimes forget who is to do what, as when the Crock-Pot is not plugged in and dinner remains uncooked. Beezus acquires a ludicrous teased hairdo at the student body shop while Ramona gets a becoming pixie haircut. Ramona, who feels unloved, takes to twitching her nose like a rabbit in a cozy picture book until her teacher becomes concerned that something is making her nervous. Yet Ramona is wrong. She is loved, and readers will rejoice with her when she discovers the wonderful truth. Few writers today are as skilled as Mrs. Cleary at showing families in the round, and here she is at the peak of her powers.

On the Night You Were Born book
#21
On the Night You Were Born
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

The Best Mother book
#22
The Best Mother
Written by C. M. Surrisi and illustrated by Diane Goode
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

After interviewing mothers at the park, the toy store, and the zoo, Maxine decides that her own mother is worth keeping.

Mommy Hugs (Classic Board Books) book
#23
Mommy Hugs (Classic Board Books)
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A loving mother counts the hugs she gives her baby throughout the day. Ob board pages.

What Mommies Like book
#24
What Mommies Like
Written by Judy Carey Nevin and illustrated by Stephanie Six
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Following in the footsteps of What Daddies Like, now young readers can find out what mommies like best in this story about a mommy bear and her cub's special day together. Mommies like big hugs. Mommies like kisses. Mommies like "Good morning to you!" Mommy Bear and her little cub spend the day together doing all kinds of things that mommies like! They ride their bikes to the library, have a hullabaloo, play kazoo, and much more. But after a fun-filled day, there's one thing that mommies like best . . . saying "I love you!" This is the perfect companion title to What Daddies Like.

Love, Mama book
#25
Love, Mama
Written and illustrated by Jeanette Bradley
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This sweet book is about a child who gets a delivery from his mom, who is away at the time, reassuring her child of her love for him is a wonderful reminder of a mother's love. This book might especially be great for kiddos with working moms. :)

With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley's debut picture book is perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother's love.

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