Friday, May 10, 2013

10 Mama + Me Picture Books

In honor of Mother's Day, here are some of our favorite picture books about mamas, some more classic while others might be a bit of a stretch. Books celebrating family our always welcome here, and due to the holiday, I collected up a few of our favorites focused on Mom in particular. We love our Mama books all year round, and we hope you'll enjoy these picks, too!

All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham
This is one of my favorite boys specifically about a mama and her little boy. Listing each of the things she loves about her son, this mama shares about the more unique and real things like loving how he says "Mama" even in the middle of the night or the way he hugs, ending with how she mostly just loves him.

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt + illustrated by Cyd Moore
Ack! We LOVE this book. One of my dearest of dear friends gifted it to us, and it's a household favorite. A little boy questions his mama's love, and she describes how she'll love him no matter what... and how she'll show that love. With hamburgers or slimy bugs, she assures him her love is boundless and can stretch anywhere.

Someday by Alison McGhee + illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
This is about as sappy as I can get in children's books (fans of 'Love Me Forever' - no offense to you, but that book pretty much makes me gag). This one is a sweet tale of a mother looking through her daughter's life and the "Somedays" that she will encounter.

Hush, Little Dragon by Boni Ashburn + illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Mix dragons searching for a bedtime snack with the tune of "Hush, Little Baby," and this is what you get. The funny lyrics make light of them catching different human snacks. We enjoyed the ridiculousness of it, but for some kids, it might be too much.

Where's Our Mama? by Diane Goode
I am a huge fan of Diane Goode, and as it turns out many of her books are mother related, but this one is my favorite by far. A mama loses her hat in a Paris train station and tells her children to stay right there while she retrieves it. They become separated and a gendarme helps the two children look around for their mother. Instead of describing her looks, the children describe her characteristics (brave, strong, smart, etc...) which leads them on a wild goose chase to ladies from lion tamers to opera singers. Diane Goode's art is lovely and whimsical and provides beautiful pictures to go along/

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
A perfect Mama story for little ones. With the repetition of each page asking the question "Does a ... have a mother, too?", toddlers are encouraged to join in with the storytelling while learning that animals also have parents. Plus it has Eric Carle's fabulous, colorful art, and who would turn down a book featuring that? It's a favorite in our house for sure.

Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer
Not sure if this is officially considered a "classic" persay, but it's definitely on my list of little one classics. Well, Little Critter in general. A day out on the town, includes several troublesome moments, but it still is a fun day for Mom and Little Critter to enjoy together. A great reminder that even when special days hold moments to try your patience and the day doesn't go smoothly, the day is still of great value in the scheme of things.

Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich + illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
A mama dragon must leave her baby for the night, and she tells him to wait by the red fern and she will return to him. Impatiently, he decides to trust a crocodile who makes shallow promises to reunite him with his mother. It's a great introduction to dragons without them being scary and is also a sweet tale of the love betwixt a mama and her baby.

My Mama Had A Dancing Heart by Libba Gray + illustrated by Raul Colon
A mama shares her zest for living life to the fullest through each season. The daughter recalls dancing through spring rains, summer waves, autumn winds, and winter snows. The art in this, a mixture of watercolor washes and etchings, is most lovely. The hues invoke a nostalgic feel, and flow beautifully alongside this toe-tapping, hand-clapping book.

Mama's Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri
Adventurous bear cubs wander around the forest finding delightful surprises wherever they look. Even though they keep running off, Mama Bear is always nearby. This is a perfect book for younger kids (ages 1-2) because they can help find Mama on each page and there are interactive questions written into the story asking what things are. A sweet read of a protective mama who still encourages her littles to explore, yet she is always ready for hugs when they're done.

What are your favorite children's books showcasing Mama? We would love to hear about other great ones!

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