Non-Mom Books for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day tends to bring pink greeting cards and flowery Instagram posts, but sometimes the important women in our lives are not the ones that we call Mom. So here are some books to check out if you're looking for a family that doesn't fit the standard mold.

L. M. Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables features one of my all time favorite non-moms. Marilla Cuthbert starts off the series with no clue how to raise a child, but quickly learns to love the spirited Anne Shirley.

Anne of Green Gables is available in other formats.

Rosa Hubermann greets Liesel, her new foster child, with a firm instruction to call her "Mama," in The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. While not always the warmest of adults, Rosa never wavers in her devotion to Liesel, through all the turmoil the world heaps on them.

The Book Thief is available in other formats.

In The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston, Owen lives with his Aunt Lottie and her wife Hannah. Lottie and Hannah train him to fight dragons as well as make sure he eats dinner and help him with his homework. True parents in all but title, I'd live with Lottie and Hannah any day!

No non-mom list would be complete without Molly Weasley and Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (and the whole Harry Potter series). Molly never hesitates to put Harry's needs equal with those of her own children and while strict, McGonagall's actions prove she cares as much about Harry as Molly does.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is available in other formats.