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Celebrating the strength and security mothers provide

A Chair for My Mother
Caldecott Medal, Persistence
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Vera Williams tells of a young girl who, along with her waitress mother, saves coins in a big jar in hopes that they can someday buy a new chair for their apartment, the kind of chair her mother deserves after being on her feet all day in the Blue Tile Diner. Into the jar also goes the money Grandma saves whenever she gets a bargain at the market. There hasn't been a comfortable place to sit in the apartment since a fire in their previous apartment burned everything to "charcoal and ashes." Friends and neighbors brought furniture to their new apartment downstairs, but no one brought anything big or soft or comfortable. Finally the jar is full, the coins are rolled, and in the book's crowning moment, mother, daughter, and Grandma search four different furniture stores, and after carefully trying several chairs, like Goldilocks, they find the chair they've been dreaming of at last. Vera Williams enhances this story about family, community, and the power of working together toward a common goal with her signature folk art-inspired paintings.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 1128 votes, reviews
Are You My Mother?
Best of Dr Seuss
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A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious board book edited by Dr. Seuss. When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little one to eat. But as soon as she’s gone, out pops the baby bird. He immediately sets off to find his mother, but not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge. The little hatchling is determined to find his mother, even after meeting a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a Snort. The timeless message of the bond between mother and child make this abridged, super-simple edition of P. D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? a must for baby showers, beginning readers, and Mother’s Day.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 17870 votes, reviews
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Lovey Dovey, Mothers
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A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 1950 votes, reviews
Everything Is Mama
Celebrity Authors, Modern Favs
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Everything is . . . MAMA! Jimmy Fallon, one of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC's Tonight Show host, was on a mission with his first children's book to have every baby's first word be DADA. And it worked! A lot of babies' first words were DADA. However, everything after that was MAMA. So take a lighthearted look at the world from your baby's point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to MAMA for familiar objects and activities, now available in board book.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 9304 votes, reviews
How to Raise a Mom
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Celebrate the bond between moms and children with this humorous New York Times-bestseller that invites the kids to do the hard work of raising their mom...if just for a day! This humorous new addition to the beloved HOW TO . . . books takes readers through a playful, busy day with Mom. Written in an instructional style, two siblings suggest the best ways to raise a happy, healthy mom—from waking her up in the morning to arranging play dates, to making sure she gets enough exercise, some quiet time, and plenty of veggies! Filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas, and lots of love, How to Raise a Mom is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day—or any day!
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 1322 votes, reviews
I Carry Your Heart with Me
Lovey Dovey, Diverse Leads
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I Carry Your Heart With Me, rereleased as a board book, is a children’s adaptation of the beloved E. E. Cummings poem, beautifully illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough. Showing the strong bond of love between mother and child, within nature and throughout life, Cummings’ heartfelt words expressed through McDonough’s lovely illustrations combine to create a fresh, yet classic, portrayal of love.
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 344 votes, reviews
I Love You, Mommy
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Baby bear knows there's nothing as wonderful as his mommy's love for him! Follow along as he describes all the reasons he loves his mommy. This charmingly illustrated padded board book has a soft cover making it easy for little hands to hold. These sweet children s books are perfect to give as gifts for a new baby and other special occasions such as, birthday gifts, baby shower wishing well gifts or for holidays such as Christmas, Easter or Valentine's Day. -Soft padded cover book; sturdy pages so it's a book that will hold up well -Perfect for Preschool Storytime; a simple short story that will hold children's attention -Sweet Mommy and Baby Story, featuring illustrations of cuddly bears -Gentle illustrations made for a soothing bedtime reading routine -Add to a young reader's library, today! Whether you're looking for well-known tales, tender or funny animal stories, or educational books for toddlers, Little Hippo® padded board books will become bedtime, or anytime, reading favorites! Padded Board Book 24 Pages 6.25 inches x 8.25 inches Ages 1 to 5 Glossy Cover
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 765 votes, reviews
I Turned My Mom Into a Unicorn
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What happens when you turn your mom into a unicorn? Celebrate the holidays with this book that's bursting with confetti, magic, rainbows, sparkles and fun! Ted's mom is always asking him to do boring chores - like clean up his toys and brush his teeth. Maybe if he turns his mom into a super fun unicorn, everything will be awesome! Or maybe not? This fun positive story fosters gratitude in children. Kids will learn to appreciate what they have and count their blessings. If you enjoyed Unicorn Day, How to Catch a Unicorn and Never Let a Unicorn Wear Tutu, you will fall in love with I Turned My Mom into a Unicorn! Check it out now and watch your child feel thankful every day! Free coloring printables at the end of every book.
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 1663 votes, reviews
Just Me and My Mom
Modern Favs
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Head to the big city with Little Critter and his mom in this adventurous picture book that makes for the perfect Mother's Day present! Mercer Mayer's Little Critter is spending a special day with his mom in this classic, funny, and heartwarming story. Whether the duo is at the museum, the aquarium, or the toy store, both parents and children alike will relate to Little Critter’s beloved story. A perfect gift for Mother’s Day . . . or any day!
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 3496 votes, reviews
Leo Loves Mommy
Lovey Dovey, African American Leads
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Leo, Lola’s little brother from Leo Loves Baby Time, is back in a new adventure with Mommy! Perfect for Mother's Day or every day, this sweet companion to Leo Loves Daddy and spin-off of the best-selling Lola Reads series is sure to delight. Leo and Mommy love to build forts, do yoga, and make splashy art together. At the end of the day, Mommy's hugs are the comfiest.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 84 votes, reviews
Me and My Mama
African American Leads
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A celebration of family love and Black joy from Coretta Scott King Award–winning author Carole Boston Weatherford, this beautiful rhyming board book is the perfect gift for mom! The sun is calling us outside. Mama cheers me down the slide! We wish on puffs and sift through sand. We hike together hand in hand. With simple, charming text, and colorful illustrations, Me and My Mama is the perfect way to for kids to reflect on the special role their Mama plays in their life and explore the many ways love can be shown!
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 74 votes, reviews
Mommy And Me
Finger Puppet
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It's time for an adventure in the wild...with Mommy! Read along and play with your baby or toddler through this story of a very busy day in the jungle. Wiggle the cute elephant plush puppet to engage and interest your little boy or girl. Bright artwork and sweet rhyming text make this finger puppet book a favorite for mom or grandma to read with their daughter, son, or grandchildren! Collect the entire series of books in the Cottage Door Press Finger Puppet Collection! This rhyming story entertains babies and toddlers while teaching language patterns The adorable mommy elephant finger puppet encourages interactive play between little ones and their grown-ups Soft plush and a rhyming story combine to provide both tactile and verbal learning opportunities Practice hand-eye coordination while enjoying together time exploring the concept of unconditional love Great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter Basket Stuffers, Grandparent's Day, new mothers, and birthdays
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 1864 votes, reviews
My Mom Is There
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For moms and their young boys and girls, nothing could be sweeter than this colorful story about the comfort of having mom close by! It’s not easy being small. Nothing is simple. Not speaking, sleeping or walking. Not counting, reading or swimming. Not even hopping, skipping, or jumping! But with mum close by there’s no need to be scared, and anything is possible.
average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 374 votes, reviews
My Mom Loves Me!
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A book of love celebrating the special relationship between every mother and their child! My mom plays with me. My mom carries me. My mom cuddles with me. If you're looking for books similar to My Mommy and Me or Mommy Loves You, look no further! Featuring adorable illustrations from bestselling author Marianne Richmond, My Mom Loves Me! illustrates all the ways mom shows her love to her children. Children can relive their best times with Mom every day with this heartwarming mommy book for kids! A wonderful Mother's Day gift for all moms―from the first-time mothers to the stepmoms and mom experts―this classic board book is a way to show love to mom on any day!
average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 584 votes, reviews
Mothers, Slowing Down
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In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together. Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you expect.... In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong--ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they'd been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown...until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all. Author-artist Oge Mora's highly anticipated follow up to Caldecott Honor Thank You, Omu! features the same magnificently radiant artwork and celebration of sharing so beloved in her debut picture book.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 864 votes, reviews
Why a Daughter Needs a Mom
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This new picture book for kids ages 3-7 and beyond is a touching story to show a girl all the ways her mother will help her grow and to remind her of the special bond only she can have with Mom. Featuring charming illustrations and heartwarming rhymes about the moments mothers and daughters share, Why a Daughter Needs a Mom is the perfect story to connect mother and daughter together and wonderful keepsake for a daughter at any age. From the first time I held you, so perfect and new, I promised to do everything that I could do To help you become your most wonderful YOU, My darling, my daughter, my girl. For new moms, mothers-to-be, or for that perfect mother-daughter moment at birthdays and other special occasions all year, this sweet storybook celebrates how a mother is always there for her little girl, reminding her how important she is.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 3955 votes, reviews
Why a Son Needs a Mom
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A touching picture book for kids ages 3-7 and beyond showcasing all the ways a mother will help her child grow, this is the gift for every mom and little boy to celebrate their special bond. Featuring charming animal illustrations and heartwarming rhymes about the loving moments mothers and sons share, Why a Son Needs a Mom is the perfect story to connect mother and son together. From the moment that I saw your beautiful face, Held you close to my heart in a mother's embrace, I promised to help you grow with strength and grace. My dear one, my sweet son, my boy. For new moms, mothers-to-be, or for that perfect mother-son moment at birthdays and other special occasions all year, this sweet storybook celebrates how a mother helps her little boy grow with strength and love.
average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 2480 votes, reviews

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