Picture Books that Celebrate Mothers and Mothers Day

There are so many wonderful picture books that feature mothers in some form, but for this post I thought I’d share some that may not be the first ones you think of.  They are all sweet stories that give all the warm feelings of loving mothers.  And with Mother’s Day approaching I wanted to share some cute Mother’s Day picture books as well!



Books that Celebrate Mothers:


I love how these first two books show the universal experience of daughters being excited about dressing up in their mother’s clothes.

Mama’s Saris by Pooja Makhijani shows an Indian girl who loves seeing all of her mother’s saris and longs to be big enough to wear one.  The vivid colors of all the saris put me right in the girl’s shoes of wanting to dress up in them myself!

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a brand new picture book that shows a Muslim girl who loves looking through her mother’s khimars and wearing them as she plays make believe.  I loved all the different ways she used the head scarf.

Someday by Alison Mcghee captures a mother’s thoughts and hopes for her child growing up and moving through life.  The book made me a little emotional reading it to my son and thinking about him going through life.

How to Raise a Mom by Jean Reagan is full of tips from two kids on the best way to take care of their mom throughout the day.  Moms and kids will recognize some familiar situations.   How to Babysit a Grandma by the same author would also be great for Mother’s Day!

Books that Celebrate Mothers Day:



The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing follows the tradition of “The Night Before Christmas” in a fun poem as it goes through all the things a family does as they prepare a special day for their mom.

Pinkalicious Mother’s Day Surprise by Victoria Kann was a sweet story as you get to see all the effort Pinkalicious puts in to make things just right for Mother’s Day.



What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day by Martha Simpson shows a boy going through all the things he knows wouldn’t be good gifts for his mother unless she were an animal.

Mother’s Day by Anne Rockwell shows the kids in a classroom all preparing for the day and talking about how they celebrate their mom. It shows different perspectives with different cultures and family situations.

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