Mother’s Day Book Gifts: Part One
All families are different: some have a mum and some don’t; some have two mums; some have a mum who no longer lives with them; and some have several generations of mums living under the one roof. Whatever your family situation, there is a book out there which reflects your family, and I try very hard to feature books here on my blog for all families. But today it’s all about mums! There is a plethora of books out there for Mother’s Day gifts, but my absolute favourites are below. It’s lovely to have books in your home, school or library collection which celebrate the important people in our lives – and to be able to curl up in bed and read these books with a loved one is the best feeling of all. I also have a list of books about LOVE here and they would also make the perfect gift at this time of year.
To add these books to your home, school or library collection click on the titles or cover images.
You would be hard pressed indeed to find a home that doesn’t have a Nick Bland book – and it’s probably pretty tatty and well-loved…the man is a children’s lit genius.
One of the most read book in our house is ‘My Mum Says the Strangest Things’ . Everyone has their favourite sayings and author Katrina Germein has very cleverly seen them from the perspective of a toddler. Tom Jellett illustrations are always a delight – he and Katrina really do make a fabulous picture book team. You can read more about Katrina Germein in my ‘Book People’ interview here.
When Mum’s busy she says she’s run off her feet. When I dawdle, Mum tells me to shake a leg. When I say, “I’m coming,” Mum says, “So is Christmas.” My mum says the STRANGEST things.
‘My Mum’s the Best’ is just a little bit lovely, special and giggle producing – and speaking of good picture book teams – Rosie Smith and Bruce Whately…long may you produce gorgeous books together! The edition below is a book and magnetic photo frame and even though we already have this book? I just ordered this edition! It’s one of my all-time favourites.
Oh golly gosh…and here it is as a board book. Jeepers Creepers this is the book that just keeps on giving I tell you.
‘I Love My Mum’ by Anna Walker is part of her series of bestselling books featuring Ollie. I rather love stalking Anna Walker on Instagram (in the nicest possible way of course!) and her illustrations are some of my absolute favourites. I already own this book, so perhaps I could go one better this year and receive another Anna Walker print for Mothers Day? One can never own two many pieces of illustrator artwork.
“Heather Has Two Mummies’ has been republished this year and this modern classic has some messages for us all in it. A must have in every school library in my opinion. Heather’s favourite number is two. She has two arms, two legs,and two pets. And she also has two mummies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because “the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another”. A delightful and important book for young readers.
A gorgeous one for new mums – ‘I Love My Baby Because…’ is a lovely romp through those early baby months.
This is surely one of the ‘classics’ by now? I gave this one to my own mum a few years ago as a mini gift book edition – we both love Anthony Browne. She introduced me to his books in my late teen years when she was studying to be a teacher librarian – she must have done an assignment on him as I remember an awful lot of Anthony Browne books in the house!
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