The big day approaches! Mother’s Day has to be one of the most valuable days of the year. Honestly, we can all use a reminder to share some extra love for the Mamas. As a son, sure I do a lot for my mom, driving her to appointments, feels like 2-3 times a week, and cook her meals with her crohn’s in mind. But doing a little extra never hurts. As a one time single father, I know full well the importance of a strong, nurturing, feminine presence. As a partner, I witness everyday the hard work, and love a mother puts into… mothering. So please, whether you are 4 or 40 take the opportunity this weekend to put some extra care into showing mom you care.
In anticipation, today I thought I would share my top 10 children’s picture books all about the wonderful creatures we call mom, or as I like to say mama-dukes.
10. The Mommy Book by Todd Parr
Todd Parr’s signature colourful artistic style has been the source of many valuable books on anything from feelings to the planet. The Mommy Book is a celebration of the uniqueness of mothers. Whether they like to wear jeans or dresses, or drive a mini-van or a motorcycle, every mom is special and they all deserve the love.
9. Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer
Another classic Little Critter book. This one is all about a mommy-son date to the big city. Mom does her best to get her son some new clothes and have a nice lunch, but, as all mom’s know, it takes a bit of compromise, and a lot of patience. There is nothing better to a kid than getting that one on one time, though.
8. Five Minute’s Peace by Jill Murphy
I think that you can catch the idea of this book from the title. Every parent has been there. It’s tough being an elephant mama with three small kids and all you need is a break!
7. Please Baby, Please by Spike Lee
I can fully vouch that pleading with your child to leave the park, or go to bed, or anything, doesn’t work. But, like this book, at the end of your day if your child pleads for a cuddle, there is no saying no.
6. Mars Needs Moms by Berkeley Breathed
Best description of a mother ever is in this book, broccoli bullies. It’s hard to see the value of a mother when your young and think everything just happens for you. It turns out moms are a sought after commodity the Universe over.
5. Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
Eric Carle’s unique colourful style is on point in this book. Featuring mothers from all across the animal kingdom. From elephants to kangaroos everybody poops and everyone has a mom.
4. M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual) by Doreen Cronin
The most advanced humans on the planet, moms, need some maintenance too. This book will help you keep your mom functioning and running smoothly so you have someone to do all those important things that moms do.
3. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
The 1960’s early readers classic is still highly relevant today, and one of the Teachers Top 100 Books for Children. The story of the poor baby bird uncertain of where her mother is, showcases the value of a mom when she makes her return at the end of the book.
2. Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
This book is all about what moms do best. When a baby racoon is scared of leaving the nest, erm- den, mother racoon finds a way to comfort her baby through the whole day. Nurturing and lovingly.
1. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Shut up, you’re crying! This is one of my favourite stories from my favourite kidlit author. Sure, this book made my Father’s Day list because of the amazing Dad the boy became. But, this is a mom book, all about one mothers undying, unconditional love.
Thanks booknerds, happy Mother’s Day