Diverse Children’s Books about Mothers

26 Diverse Children’s Books about Mothers

These diverse books about mothers celebrate their unconditional love for their children. They are a great way for your students to discuss different types of families from different cultures.

Diverse Children’s Books about Mothers

Diverse Picture Books About Mothers

Explore a wonderful collection of diverse picture books about mothers, mums, mommies, mammas, majis, okaasans, muters, etc.

You will find mothers from different cultures, wear different clothes, are single mothers, get frustrated with their children and those who struggle with poverty. But these books about mothers all have one thing in common, they celebrate their contribution to our lives and their unconditional love for their children.

Books About Mothers

They are perfect books for Mother’s Day, but these children’s books about mothers should be read all year round. They are a great way to show your students different types of families from different cultures.

A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton

A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton

A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton is a tender picture book about a lost owl looking for its mother. With the help of his new friend, Squirrel, he is reunited with his mum! The book promotes a sense of belonging, courage, and wellbeing.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams

A community rallies around a family who lose everything in a fire. A Chair for My Mother promotes generosity, responsible decision-making and perseverance.
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager

A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager

Three children talk to each other about their mothers. One boy answers the questions of his curious friends about what it is like to have two mummies.
The Big Big Sea by Martin Waddell

The Big Big Sea by Martin Waddell

Watch the bond between a mother and her daughter as they take a walk on the beach under the moonlight. The girl falls asleep in her mother's arms after returning home.
Don't Forget by Patricia Lakin

Don't Forget by Patricia Lakin

A trip to the shops to buy ingredients for a surprise birthday cake for her mother reminds a young girl how the Jews were treated in the past.
Dragon Loves Penguin by Debi Gliori

Dragon Loves Penguin by Debi Gliori

All the dragons are looking after their eggs, except for one. This dragon discovers a lone egg and is determined to protect it. When the eggs hatch her soft and fluffy baby looks remarkably different from the other scaly babies. She loves her baby no matter what, but the other babies tease it for being different. It is only when the baby saves the day everyone realises being different is good.
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

A young girl buys plants from the market before travelling home on the bus with her father. She creates a window garden as a surprise for her mothers birthday.
Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox

Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox

Harriet has a series of naughty mishaps that tests her mother’s patience who began to yell and yell and yell. But Harriet and her mum know that they love each other no matter what. Use to promote forgiveness, self-management and manners.
Hug by Jez Alborough

Hug by Jez Alborough

A little chimpanzee needs a hug and searches the jungle for his mother. Hug by Jez Alborough promotes family love, compassion and a sense of belonging.
Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho

Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho

A Caldecott Honor book from Thailand. A mother with her sleeping baby implores the animals to be quiet in repeated phrases. It is all in vain as by the end of the book we discover the baby is awake.
It's a No-Money Day by Kate Milner

It's a No-Money Day by Kate Milner

With no money or food in the cupboard, a mother is forced to visit a food bank. Told from her child's perspective we see the shame of the mother but the joy the daughter gets from the kindness of others.
Koala Lou by Mem Fox

Koala Lou by Mem Fox

Koala Lou worries when her busy mother forgets to tell her how much she loves her. She sets out to win the Bush Olympics to win back her mother's love. She doesn't win but realises she had never lost her mother's love.
Mama's Saris by Pooja Makhijan

Mama's Saris by Pooja Makhijan

A young girl longs to wear one of her mother's saris but she is too young to wear the complicated outfit. Her mother realises how important it is for her so she wraps her in a blue sari and the girl is thrilled to be just like her mother.
Mama’s Belly by Kate Hosford

Mama’s Belly by Kate Hosford

A curious little girl eagerly awaits the birth of her baby sister. She asks her Mama many questions which her mother patiently answers. With her fears allayed that there is enough love to go around she helps prepare for the birth. This book promotes anxiety, new babies, family, curiosity and love.
The Mommy Book by Todd Parr

The Mommy Book by Todd Parr

Todd Parr celebrates all different kind of mothers and illustrated how special they are. The book promotes self-esteem, diversity and tolerance.
Mommy Sayang by Rosana Sullivan

Mommy Sayang by Rosana Sullivan

In Malaysia, a mother and daughter spend their time doing things together. This changes when the mother become sick and is unable to do everything she used to do. Aleeya takes a hibiscus flower to her mother's bedside to remind her of their love for together.
Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

A young girl loves her mother's khimar. She watches as her mother wraps beautiful scarves around her head before she leaves the house. When the girl enjoys dressing up in her mother's headscarves she feels the love of her mother.
My Mom by Anthony Browne

My Mom by Anthony Browne

A young boy describes his mother who is sitting with a cup of coffee in a flowery dressing gown. This robe is ever-present in all the illustrations of the boy's characterisations of his mum, from being as beautiful as a butterfly to as comfy as an armchair.
On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott

On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott

An Inuit single mother shows she has an all encompassing love, as her son adjusts to having a new baby sister. After being reassured by his mother he shares her lap with his sister and they snuggle together.
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson

Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson

Gia is fed-up of hearing about her, soon to arrive, new sibling. She worries her life is going to change, particularly her bond with her mother. She talks with her mother over pecan pie and is reassured that she isn't being replaced and she will always love her.
Saturday by Oge Mora

Saturday by Oge Mora

Saturday means special mother and daughter time. Ava waits all week for Saturday to arrive as they have special plans. She is disappointed when things don't quite go as they planned, but she learns that things will work out in the end.
Someday by Alison McGhee

Someday by Alison McGhee

A mother talks to her baby about what she wishes for her future. Peter Reynolds illustrates the different stages of life the baby will have... someday.
Superhero Mom by Timothy Knapman

Superhero Mom by Timothy Knapman

Like many superhero moms, this mom doesn't wear a cape but she does have superpowers all of her own. Promotes appreciation, love and commitment.
Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies

Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies

A daughter talks with her mother about her desire to go to school and discover the world, and how she she loves her family and community. Her mother encourages her to take the brave step of journeys into the unknown to improve her opportunities in life.
That's Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

That's Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal uses descriptive language to describe how children feel loved and encourage the reader to use their imagination and ask questions.
The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

A young girl prefers beautiful flowers to the ugly vegetable in her family garden. When she tastes her mother's Chinese vegetable soup she realises appearance isn't important and everything has its own beauty.

In Conclusion...

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