Diverse Picture 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 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.
These books about mothers all have one thing in common, they celebrate their contribution to our lives and their unconditional love for their children.
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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.
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Grace’s love of reading and role-play motivates her to audition for the role of Peter Pan in the school play. The other children tell her she can’t play a boys part. Her mama and Nana tell her she can be anything she wants, helping her find the confidence to audition and win the role of Peter Pan.
The Big Big Sea by Martin Waddell
Deep In The Sahara by Kelly Cunnane
In Mauritania, young Lalla wishes to wear a malafa like her mother and older sister. In the Muslim tradition, women wear colourful material over their heads and clothes. When Lalla learns a malafa is not only beautiful but honours her faith, her mother wraps one around her body.
Eyes That Kiss in the Corner by Joanna Ho
A young Asian girl notices her eyes kiss in the corners, just like her mother, grandmother and little sister. She feels empowered by this connection to her family and is filled with love and appreciation for her own identity and beauty.
Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood
A loving mother saves her seven children (names after the days of the week) from an evil witch. The witch, Heckedy Peg, turns the children into food and takes them to her home, a cave. The mother tricks the witch into giving her the children back.
Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho
Love Is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer
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.
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña
Milo watches people from a train and sketches the lives he imagines they live. Nervous and excited, he visits his mother in prison, where he shows her sketches of their family eating ice cream outside their home.
Missing Mummy by Rebecca Cobb
Pea Pod Lullaby by Glenda Millard
Fleeing from danger, a mother, her children and a dog escape on a boat. They are joined by a polar bear floating on an iceberg. With courage, they travel into the unknown with the hope of finding a new home.
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
Vanishing Colors by Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen
A young girl and her mother shelter in a bombed-out building of a war-torn city. As her mother sleeps, a bird from her mother’s stories visits the girl. The bird prompts the girl to remember the colours, sights and sounds of her life before the war. In the morning, the girl and her mother set out with hope and courage for a new life.
This translated book reinforces immigration, war, courage and hope.
You're Snug With Me Chitra Soundar
In a frozen landscape, two bear cubs are born. They express curiosity about what lies beyond their den, deep underground. Mama Bear teaches them about the land of snow and the ocean full of ice. She whispers to the cubs that they will always be snug with her.
Your Name Is a Song by J Thompkins-Bigelow
A young girl leaves school frustrated after a day of her classmates and teacher mispronouncing her name. On their walk home she tells her mother she doesn’t want to go back, who in turn tells her daughter “your name is a song.” She returns to school empowered and shares what she has learned.
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What do you think about these books about a mother’s unconditional love? Do you have any other suggestions?