Like so many mothers out there, Mother’s Day is a special day for me. Not so much for the recognition that the holiday provides, but more for the sweet reminder of everything that was given to me the moment I became a mother. You see, for a time in my life, there were many moments when I wasn’t sure I would ever get to be a mother. It was a role my heart ached to play, but one that I wasn’t sure would ever happen. But with one phone call from our adoption agency, our daughter entered our lives, and my life has never been better.
To celebrate all the fellow mommies out there, I have compiled a list of my absolute favorite mommy-themed pictured books. These books celebrate all mommies, whether they are biological, adopted, or foster children. we cherish those sweet, sweet kiddos that make our hearts full. Let us grab some of these amazing picture books and curl up with our children. For me, nothing is better than Brooklyn snuggles and a great book to read together!
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
You will not be surprised to know that every single Anna Dewdney book that is written is present in my daughter’s library. It is the supreme law of children’s literature that every toddler should have Llama Llama in his or her life. Every Llama Llama book in this series focused on the adventures of the little llama as he explores the world. In every book, his Mama Llama is right there watching and loving him. This series is a must-have for any child’s library, and it now even has a Netflix series based on it as well. We have seen many episodes of Netflix’s Llama Llama series, and they are just as adorable as the books.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
This book is a classic, and it is probably present in any list of great books about the love of a mother. It is a place well-deserved, and it is of course on my list as well. In this story, you see how a mother’s love is presented during every stage of a mother’s life. A mother’s life remains constant from the moment a baby is placed in her arms until the last moments of her life.
God Gave Us You (Biological Child Book) by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Lisa Tawn Bergren has a beautiful talent for explaining hard life concepts in a manner that is appropriate, gentle, and just perfect for children. In God Gave Us You, Bergren tells the story of how a Mama Bear answers her baby’s question of “Where do I come from?” The story is brilliantly told from beginning-to-end. Mama Bear explains to her child all her unending dreams and love for her child
Be sure to check out some of the other family books by Lisa Tawn Bergren: God Gave Us Two, God Gave Us Family, God Found Us You, God Gave Us Heaven, God Gave Us Angles, God Gave Us So Much, God Gave Us Love, God Gave Us Sleep. Every single one of them is just perfect. Absolutely perfect.
God Found Us You (Adoptive Child Book) by Lisa Tawn Bergren
I cry every time I read Brooklyn this book. Every time. It is just beautifully written, and it nails exactly what is like to be a mommy through adoption. Told from the perspective of animals, Mama fox retells her baby how he came to be in her life. She tells her son how she waited and waited for the day to come that her baby would enter her life. She tells are the ache and pain of watching other mommies have their babies, and she tells of the prayers she said for the future birth mother of her child. This book is just perfect, and it has so helped my daughter understand adoption in a way that makes sense to her.
Someday by Alison McGhee
Ugh, grab your tissues on this one. It is another mommy-themed book that Megan cries through every time she reads it to her daughter. This book focuses on how a mother’s love is always, always simultaneously connected with her dreams for her child. It starts off with a mother talking sweetly to her baby and it grows as the child grows through her life. Eventually, it ends with a mother watching her child growing up and leaving for her own life someday.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Little Raccoon is worried about missing his mother when he heads off to school for the first time. He has expressed his worries to his mother, and she answered in a simple, loving manner. She taught her son the kissing hand. Every day before Little Raccoon heads to school Mama Raccoon kisses her son’s hand. Then, whenever he misses his mama he can put his hand to his cheek and be reminded of how much his mama loves him. I love this book, and Brooklyn adores it as well. Every day during school drop off, she asks both Bryan and me for her own kissing hand as she heads off to play with her friends.
How to Raise a Mom by Jean Reagan
Jean Reagan’s “How-To” books are just a riot. In each of these stories, children tell their perspectives of how best to love and handle a member of their family. This series started off with the story, How to Babysit a Grandpa, and it has developed into every possible combination. Each one is adorable, and you and your kiddos will giggle and laugh through every single one of them.
I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman
A mother knows her child in anywhere. This book highlights that true statement. In I’d Know You Anywhere, a child is questioning whether or not his mother would recognize him as different animals. For every possible animal combination, the child throws at his mother, she has proof that her love will know him anywhere. In 100% honesty, I could have put any Nancy Tillman on my list of favorites for mother’s day. But, I couldn’t have every book be a Nancy Tillman book, and I’d Know You Anywhere is my favorite out of all her masterpieces.
That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is one of my favorite children’s authors. She is brilliant, and I adore every book she has written. Naturally, I had to include her mommy-themed book in my Mother’s Day list of favorites! In That’s Me Loving You, Rosenthal tells the story of how a mother always wishes to follow her child on their own adventures through a sweet and child-friendly poem.
I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb
If a fellow adoptive mother writes a children’s book about an adoptive mother’s love, then I am all in! This book is adorable, and it is a new regular in our bedtime stories routine. In I’ve Love You Since Forever, Kotb tells her daughter that love for her started even before she knew her daughter existed. My favorite line is “There was you, and there was me, waiting for our stars to meet.” Ugh, hands up for this beautiful story of the unconditional love of an adoptive mother!
If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond
Our children grow up way to fast. One moment they are little babies in our arms and the next they are going off to start their own lives. Marianne Richmond captures the time-flying realities of motherhood in If I Could Keep You Little.