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Five Books That Celebrate Marvellous Mums

Five Books That Celebrate Marvellous Mums!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, BooksForTopics founder Alison has picked out five favourite children’s books all about marvellous mums.

Angela McAllister
 & Alex T. Smith

Milo’s mum must have superpowers. After all, she always knows what he’s getting up to even when he is secretly using her cooking equipment to make magic potions or when he is completely out of sight bouncing on the bed. Deciding that the only possible explanation is that Mum has X-RAY vision, Milo decides to test his Mum’s powers to find out the truth.

Lucy Freegard

Sometimes children wish to be astronauts, artists or sports stars – and sometimes they wish to be just like their mums! This is the follow up to Just Like Daddy from Lucy Freegard and captures the parent-child relationship in a heartwarming way. The story beautifully draws out Mum’s positive qualities that the cub wishes to emulate – her ability to turn bad situations into good ones, her creativity, her kindness and her sense of humour – as well as celebrating the fun activities they enjoy together.

Chitra Soundar
 & Poonam Mistry

A captivating picture book that marries a lyrical and rhythmic story about a mother’s care with striking artwork inspired by Indian folklore. This story features a mummy polar bear with her young cubs. With each new wave of curious anxiety that the cubs raise about the world outside their den deep in the snow, Mama Bear’s response gently explains more about the rhythms of their natural habitat, coupled with her reassurance of “you’re snug with me.” A beautiful book that captures a mother’s natural instinct to protect, reassure and equip her young.

Anthony Browne

This is a classic Mother’s Day choice from award-winning Anthony Browne, illustrated in his trademark style of wit and detail. The book is an ode to mums everywhere, exploring how mums can be super-strong, talented and clever and can be anything from film stars or astronauts or business bosses, but the most important thing is that mums are really nice and make you feel loved – because they are your mum.

Justin Coe
 & Steve Wells

A highly recommendable poetry collection in which every poem represents a different mum. There’s Bake-Off Mum, School-Run Mum, Keep- Fit Mum, Stunt Mother and Under-Cover Spy Mother – but the collection also celebrates mums who are often underrepresented in books too, seen in the poems Adoptive Mum, Dad-Mum, Windrush Mum, Young Mum and Two Mums. You’ll recognise plenty of the mums in this witty, wise and heart-warming collection, which is perfect for children in KS2.

A few more ideas….

For more stories about animal mummies and babies, try Monkey Puzzle (available here) by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler or A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton (available here).

Younger children may enjoy the simple tributes to mums found in I Love My Mummy (available here) by Giles Andreae & Emma Dodd and My Mum is Fantastic (available here) by Nick Butterworth.

If you need a children’s book about grief after the loss of a mother, an excellent choice is Mum’s Jumper (available here) by Jayde dadPerkin.

For books celebrating a father, try Superhero Dad by Timothy Knapman & Joe Berger (available here).

Finally, if you need to celebrate grandparents instead, try My Grandma is Wonderful (available here) by Nick Butterworth or I Love my Grandad (available here) by Giles Andreae & Emma Dodd.

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