Best Kids Books About Parents

24 Kids Books About Parents

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
Make Way for Ducklings book
#1
Make Way for Ducklings
Written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston. But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arive safely at their new home. This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers. Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions.

Daddy Honk Honk! book
#2
Daddy Honk Honk!
Written and illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An arctic fox adopts a baby goose in this heartwarming read-aloud perfect for dads and their little ones When Aput the fox finds an abandoned goose egg, he has no idea what’s in store for him. He doesn’t know anything about babies and he certainly doesn’t know what to do when the gosling hatches and mistakes him for its daddy. So he decides to find the gosling a home. But with each page turn, Aput learns more about caring for a baby and, with a little help from his friends, he discovers what a baby needs most is love.

I've Loved You Since Forever book
#3
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.

Sweet Dreams book
#4
Sweet Dreams
Written by Jewel and illustrated by Amy June Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

A mother who would do anything for her son lovingly urges him to fall into sweet dreams.

My Mother Is So Smart book
#5
My Mother Is So Smart
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Mothers are so amazing–is there anything they can’t do? Through the heartfelt words of a little boy awed by all the things his mom can do, this glowing celebration of mothers has a universal appeal that will make young readers everywhere want to share it with their own moms. Featuring Tomie dePaola’s classic soft illustrations and in a wonderful smaller trim size, this is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day–or any day!

Love You More book
#6
Love You More
Written by Gary Urda and illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this heartwarming picture book, a mom and dad realize how much love their child has brought to their family. I love you more than all the raindrops falling from the sky . . . and all of the puddles we splashed in. I love you more than all the blooming springtime flowers . . . and all the dandelions we made wishes on. Views of love are forever changed with the wonderful addition of a baby to the family. Parents come to realize that their love is boundless and only keeps growing more than they ever thought possible-more than all the raindrops in the sky, more than all the sand on the beach, and more than all the stars in the sky, proving that the love of a parent is unconditional and unparalleled. Parents will love sharing this sweet story with their child!

Tomorrow Is Waiting book
#7
Tomorrow Is Waiting
Written by Kiley Frank and illustrated by Aaron Meshon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A touching, timeless book about a parent's everlasting love for their child--and all of the potential their child has within. Tonight as you sleep A new day stirs Each kiss goodnight Is a wish for tomorrow... As her baby dreams, a mother imagines everything her child will someday be: independent and imaginative, kind and courageous, a listener and a leader. And each hopeful, heartfelt wish is paired with a kiss, and a promise of her love. Tender and moving, Kisses are Wishes is a modern celebration of the dreams we have for our children for finding their place in the world, and for how they will make it a better world. A perfect gift for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation, it's a book that will be treasured, passed down, read and loved--again, and again, and again.

Hand in Hand book
#8
Hand in Hand
Written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2--16

"This sweet and heartfelt picture book celebrates all that parents do with and for their children from the very beginning"--

Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale book
#9
Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale
Written by Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrated by Lauren Cornell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When her mom becomes obsessed with taking selfies, a little girl must bring her back to reality.

You Are Loved book
#10
You Are Loved
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Perfect for baby showers, gender reveal parties, and first birthdays, this edition extends the sentiments in the bestseller On the Night You Were Born and tells children they are loved. With space and prompts for writing personal messages in the book, this volume is sure to be a special keepsake.

Yawning Yoga book
#11
Yawning Yoga
Written by Laurie Jordan and illustrated by Diana Mayo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A beautiful bedtime routine for yogis of any age! Starting with a gentle Om, Yawning Yoga’s simple instructions, gorgeous illustrations, and soothing poetry guide readers through a relaxing routine to end the day. Thoughtful poems depict a series of step-by-step yoga poses. Each of the poses is accompanied by its Sanskrit name, adding to the layers of learning. Written by a specialist in yoga for children, this lovely introduction to the elements of yoga practice—including stretching, posture, and breath work—will help children and their caring adults ready their bodies for a restful sleep.

Good Babies book
#12
Good Babies
Written by Tim J Myers and illustrated by Kelly Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

Any parent who has ever been sleep-deprived will smile at this richly illustrated, lively original folktale that reassures us that all babies are good babies — and that patient love can foil even the worst-laid plans. A troll-baby living with humans? A human baby with trolls? What chaos and heartache that would lead to! Long ago, a dark-eyed witch, passing through a valley deep in the mountains of Norway, discovered two families — one human and one troll — each with a brand-new baby. The human baby slept all day and cried all night, driving his family crazy, no matter how much they rocked or sang or made funny faces. Likewise, the troll baby was a terror who slept all night and cried all day, which is when trolls like to take to their beds. Meanwhile, the witch, hoping to refresh her travel-weary bones with some wickedness, gleefully swapped troll-brat for human infant. But what is a wily witch to do when her bad intentions backfire?

Daddy's Cheeky Monkey book
#13
Daddy's Cheeky Monkey
Written by Andrew Daddo and illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

A delightful picture book about all the cheeky names daddies give to their little ones. Someone's pretending to be asleep, but Daddy's cheeky monkey is awake and soon the whole house will be a zoo! From the team who brought you GOODNIGHT, ME comes a gorgeous picture book about the cheeky names daddies give to their little ones.

Baby's Firsts book
#14
Baby's Firsts
Written by Nancy Raines Day and illustrated by Michael Emberley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Told in rhyming text, the story traces the development of a baby from birth to his first birthday.

What Mommies Like book
#15
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.

Where Do Kisses Come From? book
#16
Where Do Kisses Come From?
Written by Maria Fleming and illustrated by Janice Kinnealy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Introduces some of the many reasons why parents kiss their children, including because they smile or because they are sick, and reveals where kisses come from.

I Love You All Year Through book
#17
I Love You All Year Through
Written by Stephanie Stansbie and illustrated by Suzie Mason
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A celebration of the love for a child through every season, with delightful artwork by the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of Hoda Kotb's I've Loved You Since Forever. Poetic verse perfectly expresses the unconditional love shared between grown-ups and their precious little ones. Togetherness is always special, whether you are enjoying springtime showers, lazy summer days, or the cozy chill of autumn and winter. The touching message will resonate with parents, grandparents, and anyone who has a little one in their life. A must-have for new parents...and every family's storytime bookshelf!

You're Just What I Need book
#18
You're Just What I Need
Written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Julia Noonan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join the fun as a mother and child play a loving game of hide-and-seek in this charming hardcover reissue of Ruth Krauss's delightful story, originally titled The Bundle Book. As baby hides beneath the soft blanket, Mother tries again and again to guess what in the world the bundle could be. Brought to life with soft and playful full-color artwork by Julia Noonan, this heartwarming classic is perfect for parents and young children to share.

You're Missing It! book
#19
You're Missing It!
Written by Brady Smith and illustrated by Tiffani Thiessen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A busy Hollywood couple spins a hilarious cautionary tale about what happens when you are glued to your phone. It's a lively day at the neighborhood park. Birds are singing, squirrels are frolicking, dogs are causing a commotion--and wide-eyed children are enthralled by it all. Too bad the parents are missing everything! It's going to take something really BIG to get them to disengage from their phones . . . This timely story, brought to life with beautiful bold art, is a great reminder to slow down and savor time together.

Always Come Home to Me book
#20
Always Come Home to Me
Written and illustrated by Belle Yang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A moving and uplifting tale of two children and their parents, and the beloved pet doves that help them to understand one another. "Fei, fei — fly, fly, little birds, but always come home to me!" Mei-Mei and Di-Di are head-over-heels in love with their new doves. Like devoted parents, the siblings tenderly nurture Butterfly and Squeaky as they grow from chicks to fledglings to birds. But when Mei-Mei and Di-Di arrive home to find that the doves have disappeared, their young hearts break into a thousand pieces — and they run away, determined to reclaim their beloved birds. Will Mei-Mei and Di-Di return home with the doves before they break their own parents’ hearts?.

Pup and Bear book
#21
Pup and Bear
Written by Kate Banks and illustrated by Naoko Stoop
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-7

This deeply emotional read-aloud about a lost wolf pup who is raised by a loving polar bear is sure to resonate with families - particularly non-traditional ones. You are not my mother, said the wolf pup. I am not your mother, said the polar bear, but I can cuddle you and keep you safe. Here is a picture book that celebrates differences and promotes kindness, sure to resonate with the many fans of the beloved classic, Mama Do You Love Me? During the ice melt that follows an Arctic winter, a wolf cub finds himself spinning out to sea on a sheet of ice. He awakes lost and alone to an unfamiliar smell: a polar bear. And while the polar bear is not the wolf's mother, she takes him on her back to her den, where she feeds him, keeps him warm, and does everything a mother would do. Time passes, the cub grows into a wolf, and soon it's time for him to venture out into the wide world alone. Years later, the now grown wolf comes upon a tiny lost polar bear cub--and the cycle begins again. With poetic prose this beautiful picture book about the love and kindness of a stranger is sure to touch a deep chord, particularly with parents and children who have found each other in unexpected ways.

Hands & Hearts book
#22
Hands & Hearts
Written by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Amy Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A mother and daughter spend a sunny day at the beach together where they swim, dance, build sandcastles, and, most importantly, communicate. But their communication is not spoken; rather, it is created by loving hands that use American Sign Language. Readers will learn how to sign 15 words using American Sign Language with the help of sidebars that are both instructive and playful. And the beautifully illustrated beach scenes will appeal both to the deaf community and to hearing parents and children, who will enjoy this gentle introduction to some basic words in ASL. Hands & Hearts is a picture book unlike any other, revealing the special bond between mother and child.

You are My Wish book
#23
You are My Wish
Written by Maryann Cusimano Love and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Since its publication in 2001, You Are My I Love You has sold half a million copies worldwide and given voice to the unique love parents feel for their children. Now the creators of this modern classic reunite to honor the special bond between grandparent and grandchild, the one of passing along tradition, joyful spoiling, nurturing imagination, and pure adoration. Whether it’s the sharing of stories or romping horsey rides, silly tickle fights or lazy fishing trips, there’s truly nothing like it. With touching, heartfelt words and warm, playful illustrations, Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa shine their spotlight on this unique relationship.

You are My I Love You book
#24
You are My I Love You
Written by Maryann Cusimano Love and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The all-time classic, bestselling ode to the love shared between parent and child. Perfect for new parents, baby showers, christenings, and sharing at bedtime. I am your parent; you are my child. I am your quiet place; you are my wild. I am your favorite book; you are my new lines. I am your nightlight; you are my starshine. A day in the life of parent and child–full of smiles and giggles, messes and meals, boundless energy and well-earned rest. Not to mention lots of love. Here, in simple rhyming verse accompanied by colorful, playful illustrations by world-renowed artist Satomi Ichikawa, is one such day. Share it with others and treasure the memories.

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