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24 Children's Books About Moms & Their Love For Their Babies

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The world of children’s literature covers every topic, from potty training to pets, but it’s the books about that special bond between mother and child that typically stay on the bookshelf long after a kid has moved onto chapter books and sci-fi series. That’s probably because we love to read these stories to children so much. And these books about moms and their love for their babies are worth holding onto and passing to the next generation long after your own babies have grown and flown.

For some serious quality time with your kiddo, turn toward these titles that tackle the tender moments every child shares with its mama. There are stories about unconditional love, tales about the healing power of moms’ hugs, books about how moms can make room to love all of their children equally, and stories about how when it feels like no one cares, your mom will always be there for you.

And because a kids’ book just wouldn’t be the same without gorgeous illustrations, this list includes books that have imaginative imagery to match the storylines with vivid pictures that will pull at your heartstrings each time you turn the page — page-turners all of them.

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1

An Unconditional Love Book

In this gorgeous book, all kinds of animals demonstrate how they soothe and care for their babies. This book will help reassure your child that you will always be there for them.

2

A Book About Appreciating Your Own Beauty

Finding beauty in your uniqueness is something moms instill in their children and that’s the story behind this children’s book. When a young girl of Asian descent begins noticing she looks different than her classmates, her mother helps her celebrate her appearance.

3

A Poetic Book About Mom

This book won the Caldecott award for its beautiful illustrations and gorgeous prose including: “On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is.”

4

A Book Celebrating Lesbian Moms

A beautiful celebration of a lesbian couple and their child, this lovely board book shows children that all families are special and important.

5

A Book About the Magic of Moms

What makes your mom magical? That’s the question this book asks readers as it gives suggestions of the magical powers mamas hold.

6

A Baby Board Book About Mommy

One of the leading board book authors, Leslie Patricelli takes big topics, like what a mother is, and makes it simple and fun for a baby to understand. With rhymes like “Now we dance. Wiggle, wiggle.I can make my mommy giggle!” kids will love reading this book over and over again.

7

A Tale for Moms and Daughters

Introduce your child to feminism from a young age with this book that follows one brave mom and her gutsy daughter as they attempt to tackle challenges in their life.

8

When Everything Is Mama

Comedian Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's Tonight Show, knows something about raising children, he has two of them. But in his book “Everything is Mama” the focus isn’t on fatherhood but on trying to teach children about the world beyond their mama.

9

A Book About Mothers’ Unconditional Love

Unconditional love is difficult to explain to a child. So use this book instead. In it a mama fox explains how she loves her children whether they’re frightened, happy sad, or bashful.

10

A Story About How Every Mother Is Unique

A little giraffe wanders off from his mother, then searches the jungle to find her finding many look-a-likes along the way. But only one true mom will do in this sweet story.

11

A Story About Sharing Wishes with Mom

In many ways, shared wishes are the foundation upon which children and parents form their relationships. And that’s the heart of this book that looks at how a mom and child share their wishes with each other each night.

12

A Picture Book About Taking Mama With You Everywhere

In this book a racoon mama kisses her baby’s hand so he can always carry her with him. This has become an elementary school favorite and a great way to reassure children on their first days at school.

13

A Love Story for Little Stinkers

“But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I smelled so bad that my name was Stinky Face?” Yep, like most moms, even in this scenario you’d still love your child unconditionally. That’s what this story teaches children.

14

A Mom For What Ails You

A dose of mom a day keeps the doctor away in this tale about how moms make everything better.

15

A Book About The Lengths We’ll Go to for Our Mamas

In this incredibly touching picture book, a family is about to take their annual family photos. But mom doesn’t want to be included because chemotherapy has left her without hair. So her loving son goes on a quest to find her some hair.

16

A Story About Sharing Mom

Author Miranda Paul and Caldecott Honor Artist Jason Chin deliver a story that helps big siblings understand the arrival of a new addition from lessons on baby’s growth inside mom’s belly to the actual birth scene.

17

In Honor of Military Moms

Military moms are a special kind of superhero. They serve and protect at home and abroad. Which is why they deserve special attention and gives them just that.

18

A Story About Wanting to Be Just Like Mom

This beautifully illustrated book follows one girl’s desire to dress up in saris to look just as lovely as her mother. Will her wish come true? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

19

A Book About Bedtime Bonding

Family’s evening traditions can be a big part of the bonding experience as author Nancy Redd showcases in Bedtime Bonnet. The book looks at how one family takes care of each other by donning various headgear each night.

20

A Book About Love in the Little Moments

This heartwarming tale is still an ideal book for moms because it shows, in sweet verse, how a bear and its cub spend a day, just doing the simple things together. And isn’t that a lot of what motherhood is about?

21

A Story About Limitless Love

Kids will test a mother’s limits. In poetic verse, this book shows that push and pull while interspersing lovely arctic characters including whales, wolves, puffins, and sled dogs, throughout.

22

A Happy Tale from Hoda Kotb

Today Show co-anchor Hoda Kotb wrote this children’s book after being inspired by her daughter, Haley Joy. And you can tell it’s written from the heart. It looks at all the little moments that make them happy each day. A sweet story to share any night during tuck-in time.

23

A Quest for Mama Book

This book about a baby bird searching for its mama has been delighting readers since it was published in 1960. As the little bird discovers, his mother never abandoned him, she was just getting food to feed and take care of him. What mom can’t relate?

24

A Book About the Mother/Son Bond

In a moment of anger or frustration, have you ever heard your son say, “I don’t even need you!” It happens to the best of us, but this charming picture book, starring a mama bear and her cub, will remind your baby boy he really needs you after all.

Whether it’s a special day or just another Tuesday, these books are worth adding to your child’s library or picking up from the library and sharing with one another.