Moms – Celebrating the Mother-Child Relationship

Katie Merkel


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Hello everyone!

Mother’s Day is coming up soon, but honestly, every day is a good day to celebrate mothers! Their job duties include boo-boo kisser, meal maker, answerer of impossible bedtime questions, finder of favorite toys… The list is endless.

The picture books below celebrate the special bond between mother and child, whether it’s Mother’s Day or any of the other 364 days of the year.

Be sure to check out the Mother’s Day crafts and family activities I’ve recommended at the end of this post.

Picture Books

Please Pick Me Up, Mama! by Robin Luebs is about a child asking her mother to pick her up and put her down for different activities.

Please Pick Me Up, Mama!

Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney is about a llama who has a sick day at home with his mama.

Llama Llama Home with Mama

Mama Saurus by Stephan Lomp is about a baby brachiosaurus who gets separated from his mother and describes her to many other baby dinosaurs in his search for her.

Mama Saurus

My New Mom & Me by Renata Galindo is about a cat and puppy learning how to be mother and child.

My New Mom & Me

My Mother Is So Smart! by Tomie DePaola is about how a young boy knows that his mother is smart.

My Mother Is So Smart!

Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do by Marianne Richmond is about all the sacrificial things that mothers do on a daily basis for their kids.

Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do

Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow is about a girl who is being raised by a woman who is not her mother but loves her and does everything for her…just like a mama.

Just Like a Mama

I Love You with All My Heart by Noris Kern is about a bear who wants to know how his mother loves him.

I Love You with All My Heart

Miss You Like Crazy by Pamela Hall, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell is about a son who doesn’t want his mother to go to work, and she tells him that she always takes a part of him with her.

Miss You Like Crazy

Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera is about a little girl’s day with her mother.

Me & Mama

The Best Mother by C. M. Surrisi, illustrated by Diane Goode is about a girl who goes in search of a new, more permissive mother only to discover that her mother is the best mother she could ever have.

The Best Mother

Mama Seeton’s Whistle by Jerry Spinelli, illustrated by LeUyen Pham is about a mother whose whistle to come home for supper always reaches her children no matter where they are.

Mama Seeton's Whistle


Gifts for Mom

  1. Coupon Book (Cut out slips of paper. On each slip, write down a chore you will do and for how long you will do it. Cut one extra long strip of paper and fold it in half. This will be the cover. Decorate the cover. Put the coupons inside the cover and staple the folded side of the cover so that all of the coupons are secured inside.)
  2. Hands Holding a Heart Mothers Day Card (Add a personal message letting your mom know why she is great and/or how much you love her.)
  3. Mothers Day Award
  4. Finger Painting Flower Craft
  5. Paper Flower Bouquet
  6. Paper Flower Pencil Holder
  7. Pipe Cleaner Flowers and Yarn Wrapped Bottle Vase
  8. Salt Dough Handprint Frame
  9. DIY Handprint Coasters
  10. Delicious Dark Chocolate Mother’s Day Bouquet

Memory-Making Family Activities

I pulled the following activities from “45 Super Fun Mother’s Day Activities to Do With the Whole Fam” by Selena Barrientos and Marisa Lascala:

  1. Go on a family bike ride
  2. Have an at-home karaoke night
  3. Make a scrapbook
  4. Have an at-home photo shoot (Work together to create fun outfits and take turns being the photographer and model.)
  5. Do a puzzle
  6. Go on a hike
  7. Set up a DIY sundae bar
  8. Create and go on a scavenger hunt (You can create the scavenger hunt list together and divide the family into teams or have one person create the list and everyone else search.)
  9. Go on a picnic
  10. Plant a garden

Happy reading!



This blog post is dedicated to my mother, who is the real live Wonder Woman. Through her homeschooling (especially through reading biographies, autobiographies, and historical fiction during lunch), she instilled in me a love of learning, history, and stories. Mom, thanks for everything. I love you, and I’m so glad you’re my mom!


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