Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots: the best ones, like a syringe of infant-suspension Tylenol, have a little something for the parent at the end. These are the ones we are celebrating in This Book Belongs To — the books that send us back to the days of our own footed pajamas, and make us feel only half-exhausted when our tiny overlords ask to read them one more time.
Mother's Day is upon us, and my favorite gift to give for any gift-giving occasion is a good book. There are lots of great books for mothers, but I wanted to find books that mothers could read with their kids. Books with cool or relatable mom characters. Moms are often absent or very play a very limited role in most picture books. That's understandable, because kids mostly want to read about kids (or dinosaurs or cars or talking turtles or their obsession du jour.) These 10 books with awesome mom characters range from poignant to fun to downright silly. They are sure to put a smile on your kid's face, but on yours as well (even after the hundredth read.)