Mom, Do I Have To? Books for Kids

How many times have you said "Mom, do I have to?" or even "Mom, do YOU have to?" These books for middle-grade readers show how kids from different types of families deal when problems come up with Mom.

The Year Mom Won the Pennant: This fast-paced and funny story is not just for baseball fans. Nick is mortified when he finds out his mom is going to coach his baseball team. Will his feelings change as the team gets closer to the pennant?

As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President!: No one wants to share their mother, especially with a whole country! Vanessa is determined to derail her mother's dream of becoming the first female president of the United States.

Becoming Naomi León: Naomi can't believe her luck when her mother shows up out of the blue after being gone for seven years. However, things are not what they seem with her mother's new family, which forces Naomi and her gram to make some hard choices.

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe: Frankie Joe's mom is in jail, so he's forced to live with his estranged father and his new family. But then he starts a bicycle delivery service to raise the money he needs to get back home.

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