Mother's Day: picture books about mums

Mummy's Special Day

To celebrate Mothering Sunday, why not share one of these illustrated books featuring marvellous mums?

It's a good excuse to have some quiet time with little ones or talk through any issues with older children.

Together, you can celebrate all the different kinds of special mums in the world!

It's also a great opportunity to send one of our Mother's Day e-cards and support us in getting children and families reading together.

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  • Held in Love

    Author: Dawn Casey & Oamul Lu
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 5-7
    Reading age: 6+

    This beautiful, quiet book captures a new mother’s hopes for her new baby, and a message that whatever happens in life, love will see them through. Perfect for a dreamy, cuddly read.

  • Mummy's Special Day

    Author: Frances Stickley Illustrator: Carolina Rabei
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-5

    A sweet story about a Mother’s Day that doesn’t go quite according to plan is a riot of colourful detail, delighting in the chaos the children make, all because they love Mummy so much. A delightful book for mums and little ones to read together.

  • The Best Mum

    Author: Penny Harrison Illustrator: Sharon Davey
    Publisher: New Frontier Publishing
    Interest age: 3-5

    Funny and silly with lots of brilliant detail in the illustrations by Sharon Davey, this is a celebration of all different kinds of mums and a reminder that they love us.

  • My Mum Always Looks After Me So Much!

    Author: Sean Taylor & David Barrow
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 3-5

    Little gorilla has to go to the doctor’s to get an injection, but he doesn’t mind too much because the doctor is nice. Also, getting an injection is all part of Mum looking after little gorilla...

  • Superhero Mum

    Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Joe Berger
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    No one is more heroic for the little girl featured in this retro Pop Art-styled picture book than her playground-chasing, cake-making, teddy-finding, bubble-bearded Supermum.

  • My Mums Love Me

    Author: Anna Membrino Illustrator: Joy Hwang Ruiz
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 2-3

    This adorable picture book with warm toned illustrations celebrates the daily routine of a baby and the fun that can be had all day including singing in the car and visiting a farm for a fun day trip. 

  • Who's Your Real Mum?

    Author: Bernadette Green Illustrator: Anna Zobel
    Publisher: Scribble
    Interest age: 4-5

    This warm, imaginative picture book has a clear message that, with same sex parents, both mums or dads are childrens’ “real” parents, and in fact parenting is about so much more than biology.

  • The Best Mother

    Author: C M Surrisi Illustrator: Diane Goode
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
    Interest age: 5-7
    Reading age: 6+

    Maxine suspects that if she had a different mother, things would be much nicer – until she talks to some other mums. A fun, quirky book for children who might have wondered “what if?”, this story celebrates how perfect our own mothers are just for us.

  • The Strongest Mum

    Author: Nicola Kent
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 3-5

    Children’s books celebrating mums often focus on all the great things mums do and how tireless and inventive they are, so it’s lovely to see a story about a hardworking mum that gets tired and sometimes needs a bit of help.

  • The Pocket Chaotic

    Author: Ziggy Hanaor Illustrator: Daniel Gray-Barnett
    Publisher: Cicada
    Interest age: 2-5

    Alexander is a baby kangaroo who loves snuggling up in his mum's warm, cosy pouch. The only problem is she's extremely messy - and is always popping things like felt-tips, broken necklaces and spatulas into her pouch! Can Alexander sort it all out?

  • The Great Big Book of Families

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Ros Asquith
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    The Great Big Book of Families is about the diversity of families. The simple message is that every family is unique and special and that there is no such thing as 'normal' or 'abnormal'. Books simply don’t get much more inclusive than this.

  • Sometimes

    Author: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 1-4

    This is a warm book about unconditional love. A perfect book for encouraging children to do what they want with reassuring support.

  • Just Like Mummy

    Author: Lucy Freegard
    Publisher: Pavilion Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    This clear, sweet and humorous book about a child’s relationship with its mother recognises that a mum is an important role model, and celebrates all the marvellous things that mums do.

  • My Mum

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    All small children love their mums and in this colourful and entertaining picture book, Anthony Browne explains exactly why.

  • Dino-Mummy

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Dino-Mummy celebrates the multi-tasking super-dino who not only looks after two lively dino-babies and keeps their home in order, but also provides consistently delicious food and fun playtime.

  • Piggybook

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Humour permeates this gentle exploration of gender stereotypes which will entertain families and mums in particular.

  • I Love My Mummy

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    What is it about Mummies that makes them so lovable and so very special?