Children’s Books Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts

Best Children’s Books for Mother’s Day

This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day in America. Although it’s not necessary for nannies and au pairs to buy Mother’s Day gifts for the mothers they work for, giving children’s books as gifts to parents on special occasions is always an inexpensive gift. Parents love receiving children’s books to read with their little ones. Below are our 10 favorite children’s books about mothers.

1. My Mom by Anthony Browne
This book is a tribute to all of the roles mothers play, from cook and gardener to the good fairy who makes a sad child happy and the juggler who juggles multiple responsibilities. Best of all, according to the child who describes her, “SHE LOVES ME! (And she always will.).”

2. Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz
Mommy and baby count and cuddle as they hug and read about the baby’s day of fun in Mommy Hugs! This bestselling Karen Katz title is now available as an over-sized lap edition perfect for reading aloud!

3. Someday by Alison McGhee
This is a wonderful story of a mom watching her daughter grow up and become a mom. The pen, ink, and watercolor sketches have the same soft sentimentality as the text. Great gift for new mothers and gift-givers.

4. I Love You More by Laura Duksta
This is two books in one. Read one way, it is the parent who responds to the child’s question, “Just how much do you love me?” With the book turned over and read from the back, the mother asks the question of her son. Both answers are given in rhyming couplets as the pair try to prove the depth and strength of their love.

5. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
A little girl asks questions until she is sure her mother’s love is unconditional. This story focuses on the question all children hope for: their parents will always love them no matter what the child does. This story confirms for children young and old, that no matter what they do, their mothers (and fathers) will still love them.

6. Tell Me A Story Mama by Angela Johnson
A young girl and her mother remember together all the girl’s favorite stories about her mother’s childhood.

7. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
A mother expresses her love for her child as he grows. When she is old and frail it’s the child’s turn to express his love. A must have for every family’s library.

8. A Gift for Mama by Esther Hautzig
For children seven- to 10-years old the story shows how it’s better for children to make presents rather than buy them. When you make something the end result isn’t the sum total of the project – there is time and love and thought involved. Mama wasn’t immediately impressed by her wonderful store bought present as Anna hoped, as soon as she learned the amount of work and time that was spent in earning that money is when she truly understood the impact of the gift.

9. My Mommy and Me: A Picture Frame Storybook (Picture Frame Books)by Karen Hill
This board book becomes a picture frame, with a slot for a photo on the cover and a sturdy stand in back. Inside, a daughter and mom dress up fancy for cookies and tea, gaze into a bright blue sky, “counting birds that fly so high,” and build castles with pots and pans.

10. Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng
A little girl wishes she could be with her Grandma and one night, she gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window, and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey.


  1. Sarah W. says:

    Love these classic books! I recently suggested this type of gift to a fellow nanny who was trying to think of what to do as a gift from her newborn (and first born) charge. I found a recordable version of “I’ll Love You Forever”! We thought that personal touch of baby “giving” it to Mom and Mom recording herself reading it to baby would be super special. Can’t wait to hear how it goes over!

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