Mothers in Books for Young Children

Picture Books (JE)

Author Title Call Number
AlexanderMax and the Dumb Flower Picture
Despite his teacher's ideas for Mother's Day, Max refuses to color in the same flower picture. (32 pp.)
JE Alexander
BennettYour Mommy Was Just Like You
A grandmother describes to her granddaughter how her mother was just like her as a child. (32 pp.)
JE Bennett
BrownThe Runaway Bunny
A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him. (39 pp.)
JE Brown
BuzzeoStay Close to Mama
A curious baby giraffe keeps wandering away from his mother to explore the interesting sights and smells that surround them. (32 pp.)
JE Buzzeo
CabreraMommy, Carry Me Please!
Various baby animals ask their mothers to carry them. (26 pp.)
JE Cabrera
CutbillThe Cow That Laid an Egg
Marjorie, an insecure cow, discovers that she's laid an egg, but does that baby inside really belong to her? (32 pp.)
JE Cutbill
EmberleyMy Mother's Secret Life
A young daughter learns that her mother does more than clean the house and take care of her. (22 pp.)
JE Emberley
JooseI Love You the Purplest
Two boys discover that their mother loves them equally but differently. (26 pp.)
JE Joose
KaszaMother for Choco
A lonely little bird named Choco goes in search of a mother. (32 pp.)
JE Kasza
MinchellaMama Will Be Home Soon
Lili spends a few days with her grandmother while her mother is away and thinks she sees her mother's yellow hat everywhere. (32 pp.)
JE Minchella
RobbinsMother, Mother, I Want Another
Anxious to get her son to sleep, Mrs. Mouse goes off to find what she thinks he wants. (28 pp.)
JE Robbins
RosenthalBedtime for Mommy
In a reversal of the classic bedtime story, a child helps her mommy get ready for bed, despite various stalling techniques. (28 pp.)
JE Rosenthal
ScottOn Mother's Lap
A small Eskimo boy discovers that Mother's lap is a very special place with room for everyone. (32 pp.)
JE Scott
TompertWill You Come Back For Me?
On her first day of daycare, worried four-year-old Suki is reassured by her mother that she loves her and will always return for her. (32 pp.)
JE Tompert
WarginA Mother's Wish
A young girl and her mother both make secret wishes on butterfly wings and discover years later that both of their wishes have come true. (30 pp.)
JE Wargin
ZolotowThis Quiet Lady
A series of photographs traces the growing up and maturing of a girl as she marries and is about to become the mother of the narrator. (24 pp.)
JE Zolotow

Easy Readers (JE ER)

Author Title Call Number
EastmanAre You My Mother?
A little bird asks animals, planes, and boats, "Are you my mother?" until he finds his own mother. (64 pp.)
JE ER Eastman
RylantHenry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch: The Twenty-fourth Book of Their Adventures
Mudge looks forward to the Mother's Day surprise that Henry and his father cook up for Henry's mother. (40 pp.)
JE ER Rylant

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

Author Title Call Number
Mommy Poems
An illustrated collection of simple poems about mothers. (32 pp.)
J 811 MO
ErlbachMother's Day Crafts
Fun and easy craft projects to make for Mother's Day. (32 pp.)
J 745.594 ER
Describes all the things a mother does for her children and the activities of mother animals as well. (31 pp.)
JE 591 MA
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