May 13 is Mother’s Day, and to celebrate, here are some lovely picture books that showcase mothers in all their wonderful and loving diversity. Whether you’re a birth mother or adoptive mother, stepmother, grandmother, foster mother, auntie, or any other incredible mother figure, this booklist is for you!
My New Mom & Me By Renata Galindo
Motherhood takes many forms, and this beautiful picture celebrates the bond between an adoptive mother and her new child. Puppy is worried because he looks different from his new mother, but she reassures him that what really matters is the love that they share for each other.
Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley
Being apart can be hard for both little ones and their mothers. This new release reassures children of the strength of their mamas’ love for them, and reminds them that no matter where they and their mamas might be, they are always loved. This is a particularly meaningful book for mamas who work outside of the home, especially if their work involves travel.
The Mommy Book by Todd Parr
Mommies come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, colours and styles, but they are all wonderful and they all love their babies! Todd Parr brings his signature colourful artwork and child-friendly text to this celebration of motherhood in all its diversity.
Stella Brings the Fami;y by Miriam B. Schiffer
Stella’s feeling a bit worried about who to bring to her class’ Mother’s Day celebration. After all, she has two daddies and no mommy! With a bit of help from her family, Stella realizes that she has many maternal figures in her life who do all the wonderful things that other kids’ mommies do for them. A warmly inclusive title that celebrates the diversity of modern families, and highlights the role of maternal figures.
Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
A little girl watches her mommy in her beautiful khimar, and as she plays dress-up with her mother’s headscarves, she’s reminded more and more of her mother’s radiant love for her. An adorable picture book that celebrates the special bond between mothers and daughters.
Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Few authors understand the special bond between mamas and their babies better than Anna Dewdney. This classic picture book, which introduces the wonderful Llama Llama, is sure to make little ones smile, and their mamas laugh! As Mama Llama reassures her baby, "Mama Llama's always near, even if she's not right here”.
Jane Whittingham is a librarian, author and book blogger whose debut picture book, Wild One, was published by Pajama Press in 2017. You can read more of her work on her website, www.raincitylibrarian.ca.