*On the Day You Were Born*
By Debra Frasier
This book is a beautiful celebration of the moment a mother is made: the birth of a child. It's about the amazing way the Earth, and the animals, and the human beings around us all come together to welcome a new baby to the world. The illustrations are spectacular, and it is such a fun book for moms (or any grown ups) to share with their little loved ones.
By Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben
This adorable book is about the many ways different types of animal mothers show their love to their babes. I love to act out each display of affection with my kids as I read it to them (when the mama cat nuzzles, we nuzzle). My kids adore this book, and I adore the chance to snuggle, hug, tickle, and kiss them while we read together!
*I Love You Stinky Face*
Written by Lisa McCourt, Illustrated by Cyd Moore
This book is totally cute, and fun, and full of warmth. It's about the unconditional love a mother has for a her child: no matter what a child does, what kind of crazy creature they become, or how stinky they are, a mother's love never falters. Mom's are always there for their babies.
*The Giving Tree*
By Shel Silverstein
If you haven't read this one, you are really missing out. The Giving Tree is a favorite of mine, and has been since I was a child. I love all of Shel Silverstein's work, and this is my absolute favorite. At face value, it's about the relationship between a tree and a boy, but it goes so much deeper than that. It's about a love that never wavers and never fades, no matter how much time goes by, or how far apart two creatures may be. I think every mother can relate to this tree in a very big way, and this book will always remain at the forefront of my bookshelves.
*101 Secrets A Cool Mom Knows*
By Sue Ellin Browder and Walter Browder
This is such a fun for book for moms to read. There are all kinds tips, tricks, and how-tos for the coolest mom on the block... 101 to be exact. This book is only for those super awesome, hands-on moms out there. The daring moms. The fun moms. After all, how many moms do you know that can cruise on a skateboard, build a house from leaves, and weigh a cloud? Only the coolest, but with this book in hand, that mom could be you!
And last of all, the "mother" of all mom books (sorry about the bad pun. I couldn't help myself!)...
*Love You Forever*
Written by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Sheila McGraw
This book is simply wonderful. Maybe it was the hormones, but I could not make it through this book without crying while I was pregnant with my third baby. It's about growing up, and growing old, and the deep love between a parent and a child. It conveys so perfectly that no matter how old a child gets, they will always be their parent's baby. It is such a sweet story, and deeply sentimental in the best sort of way. It's definitely a family favorite. If you're pregnant, or just sensitive, make sure you have the tissues nearby!
I wish you a wonderful Mother's Day weekend, and I hope you have a chance to enjoy some of these fabulous family stories. I firmly believe that you're never too old to snuggle up and read a good book with your mom...