Ten Sweet, Sappy, and Fun Picture Books for Mother's Day

What do you want for Mother’s Day? If you’re looking for an opportunity to spend time with the kids on your special day, gather them around for a story time with these sweet, sappy, and sometimes fun picture books for Mother’s Day!

As a mom of two adults and two soon-to-be-adults, I would love a little more time as my gift for Mother’s Day. Time to hold babies. Time to change diapers. Time to tie shoes. Time to teach little people how to read.

But since time won’t roll back or slow down, I’ll just enjoy the time we do have. I’ll hug my kids tight and spend some time playing board games and getting silly with the little girls; baking cookies with my child who loves to bake, going on walks with kids and the dog, and playing games with my teenagers at the arcade.

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In fond remembrance of the days when my people were all small, I’m sharing ten picture books that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sappy, and sometimes fun for Mother’s Day

Haven’t we all longed for a few minutes peace and quiet after a hectic day with the kids? Mrs. Large wants the same thing. Unfortunately chaos seems to follow her. “All Mrs. Large wants is five minutes’ peace from her energetic children, but chaos follows her all the way from the kitchen to the bath and back again.”

What NOT to Get Your Mom on Mother’s Day by Martha Self Simpson

A little boy offers advice on what NOT to give your mom on Mother’s Day, unless she’s an animal. For example, don’t give her a rotting log unless she’s a salamander, or a bunch of flies unless she’s a spider! What would Mom like best?

Little Critter: Happy Mother’s Day by Mercer Mayer

Mother’s Day is almost here, and Little Critter has a special surprise in store for Mom. Join in the fun as he plans the big day. Lift the flaps and discover what Mother’s Day wonders are in store!

Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is spending a special day with his mom in this classic, funny, and heartwarming story. Whether the duo is at the museum, the aquarium, or the toy store, both parents and children alike will relate to Little Critter’s beloved story. A perfect gift for Mother’s Day . . . or any day!

I Love Mom with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Show Mom just how much she means with this colorful book from the World of Eric Carle. Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar as he honors Mother’s Day and celebrates incredible parents everywhere. With joyful illustrations and colorful creatures, this charming keepsake is a great way to show parents, grandparents, soon-to-be mothers, aunts, friends, or whomever you call “Mom” just how much you care.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? answers curious kids who wonder whether lions, bears, and monkeys have mothers, too. Bright collage illustrations and simple text reinforce the theme that everyone has a mother, and every mother loves her child.

Meet the little joey bouncing in mother kangaroo’s pouch. Watch little cubs prance around mother lion. Swim with a baby dolphin calf in the deep blue sea. Eric Carle’s classic, colorful collages of baby animals and their mothers will delight and comfort young readers.

I Love My Mommy Because by Laurel Porter Gaylord

This book begins with a heartwarming scene between a human parent and child, but moves on to loving care in many animal families. “She listens when I talk,” says a mewing kitten. “She tucks me in,” says a joey kangaroo.  Children will love reading about how baby animals spend time with their moms, and mammas everywhere will love celebrating Mother’s Day—or any occassion!—with this adorable gift from their little ones.

What Mommies Do Best by Laura Numeroff

Daddies can do lots of things, like bake you a birthday cake, play with you in the park, and take you trick-or-treating. But what do they do best?
Mommies can do lots of things, like teach you how to ride a bike, sew a loose button on your teddy bear, and read you a cozy bedtime story. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear in this irresistible celebration of parents and the everyday things they do.

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Jossee

In this classic, bestselling story of a child testing the limits of her independence, a mother reassures that a parent’s love is unconditional and everlasting. This universal story is made all the more captivating by its unusual Arctic setting. Complemented by a detailed glossary, this tender story introduces young readers to a distinctively different culture and shows that the special love between parent and child transcends all boundaries of time and place.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

I confess that I sometimes go into my son’s room at night and look at his tall, sixteen-year-old self stretched across his bed, his work clothes hanging up on the rack, his car keys and wallet on his desk, and I think about this book. I’ll love them all forever…no matter how old they are.

Do you have any favorite books you like to gather the kids around to read for Mother’s Day?

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