Celebrating All Mothers

We see moms in the children's library on a daily basis—reading books, serving snacks, cleaning runny noses, performing puppet shows and creating masterpieces with their petite Picassos. Sometimes these "moms" are actually grandmas, caretakers, aunties and even men. Whoever they are, moms do what they do best—give love.  

This year celebrate Mother's Day with one of these recently published kids books to honor the mom, mama, madre or mommy in your life.

Set in South West Nigeria, this Best of the Best 2017 book, Baby Goes to Market, is a gorgeous picture book that teaches counting and reminds us how hard mothers work. While Mama is busy shopping at the market and worrying that baby is hungry, baby is actually eating the yummy food the vendors share with him. 

New mom and author Hoda Kotb wrote I've Loved You Since Forever to welcome her adopted baby. The splendid, vivid pictures and heartwarming words make this picture book an excellent bedtime read and a great testament to the love of motherhood. "I've loved you since forever. Before the moon lit up the night, and elephants wandered free, there was you...and there was me." 

Mommy's Khimar shows us a little girl who is delighted by her mother's khimar, or head scarf, and sees her mommy as powerful and magical as the colorful khimars that she wears. 

The beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who passed away in 2017, wrote Dear Girl with her daughter Paris. This series of letters from mothers to their daughters offers inspiration, advice and humor about friendships, growing up and life in general. "Make your room awesome. Make your room you. And while you're at it, make your bed!"  

How Mamas Love Their Babies is an informational book that depicts how moms sometimes take jobs that are undervalued to provide for their children. This artfully crafted book includes strong, positive messages and eye-catching collages that remind us that a mother's love is not measured by her looks, size or profession.

Heather Has Two Mommies is the story of how Heather learns that the most important thing about families is the love they share. Heather is the daughter of a lesbian couple and doesn't see her family as unusual until she attends a play group and meets children who have dads. First written in 1989 and reissued in 2015, this book is now considered an important and classic picture book.

Mommas will always have a special place in our hearts and our book shelves. What is your favorite book to celebrate mom? 

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