Does Kangaroo Have a Mother, TooCelebrate Mother’s Day (May 12th, 2013) with these special “Mom-centered” books!

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? written and illustrated by Eric Carle
Eric Carle responds to this question with, “Yes! A kangaroo has a mother. Just Like Me and You.” The question and answer book continues in the same way, as we discover that a lion, monkey, elephant, penguin, and so forth, all have mothers, too.  Fans of Eric Carle’s stories and illustrations will find joy in this sweet book.

Koala Lou written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Pamela LoftsKoala LouKoala Lou loves to hear her mother say, “Koala Lou, I DO love you.” As koalas join the family and her mother gets busier, Koala Lou doesn’t hear these words as much as before. In order to win back her mother’s love and affection, she sets out to win the Bush Olympics. Koala Lou takes 2nd place and fears her mother won’t love her anymore, but her mother assures Koala Lou that she will always be loved. This book is a comforting reminder of a mother’s constant love, especially when new babies join the family.

My Mom written and illustrated Anthony BrowneMy MomIn this ode to mothers, the narrator tells us “She’s nice, my mom.” But not only is Mom nice, she has an array of talents: she is a “fantastic cook,” she can juggle many tasks, she cheers people up, can grow a garden, and sing like an angel. This book, shown through the admiring eyes of a child, honors the special role of “my mom,” and moms everywhere.

The Night Before Mother’s Day written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
The Night Before Mother's DayIt’s the night before Mother’s Day, and Dad and the kids want to do something extra special for Mom. They make cards, bake a cake, and create a coupon for a “spa day” right at home. This is a fun book for the whole family that may give kids (and dads!) some ideas for how to pamper Mom on her special day!

The Runaway Bunny written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd
The Runaway BunnyIn this classic book by the author-illustrator team of Goodnight Moon, a bunny vows to run away.  His mother replies, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.” The bunny says he will take on different forms to runaway: a fish, a rock, a crocus, and so forth, but each time his mother takes on a similar form to lovingly find him: a fisherman, a mountain climber, a gardener. Through soft color and simple text, a mother’s steadfast love and protection is clearly portrayed.  

More books for Mother’s Day:

  • Clifford’s Happy Mother’s Day written and illustrated by Norman Bridwell
  • I Like Noisy Mom Likes Quiet written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Lydia Halverson
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
  • Mama’s Day written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Jan Ormerod
  • The Mother’s Day Mice written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett
  • A Present for Mom written by Vivian French and illustrated by Dana Kubick

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Until next time, Happy Reading!


the Singing Librarian