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Mother's Day: picture books about mums

Held in Love

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!

  • Held in Love

    Author: Dawn Casey & Oamul Lu
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    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.

  • My Mum Always Looks After Me So Much!

    Author: Sean Taylor & David Barrow
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    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

    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.

  • The Best Mother

    Author: C M Surrisi Illustrator: Diane Goode
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

    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

    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 Great Big Book of Families

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Ros Asquith
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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