Friday, May 1, 2009

My Favorite Mommy Books!

Mother's Day is just around the corner.  In my neck of the woods I always get patrons, teachers, moms, dads, kids and just about everyone I know, asking me for suggestions for books to give on Mother's Day.  There are so many books to choose from that it is literally a chore to pick out favorites.  However,  I do have favorite picture books that deal with mommies and babies that will warm the hearts of everyone who ever had a mother.   These books are great gifts for mom because they remind her to take time to relax, be with the  kids  and enjoy a few precious moments with them.    After all they are only little for a while.   So in no particular order, here are some great books. 

Love You Forever  by Robert Munsch 
If this book does not make you cry, I don't know what will.  It's a gentle story about the cycle of life.  One day the child is the baby and the next thing you know he is grown and taking care of his mother.  The significance of this book will go over most children's head, but the adults get it and love to read it over and over. 

Guess How Much I love You  by Sam McBratney
So cute and so rich in soft colors.  Little Joey (as in a Kangaroo)  finds out just how much his mommy loves him.  For all kids this is as comforting as a big bear hug from mom! 

Counting Kiss: A Kiss and Read Book  by Karen Katz
Do you have a kid who won't sit still for story time?  Here is and idea:  Use this book as a wonderful excuse to plant kisses all over baby and teach them to count at the same time.  It works wonders on the kids behavior.   Warning: Some parents have reported that the kisses keep coming even after the book is closed!  Be Prepared! 

Are you my mother?  by P.D. Eastman
A classic!  A little birdie is just  hatched from his egg and goodness,  he can't find mom!  Who is his mom?  A dog, cow or a plane?  Actually it really is a bird just like him and the story ends well. 

My Monster Mamma Loves Me So!  by Laura Leuck and Mark Buehner
Every time I read this book, I get the giggles.  It is so cute!   Why should it be surprising to anyone that baby monsters are just like human babies?  Granted human babies don't go out for moonlit walks or eat creepy things.  When you read this wonderful little rhyming book,  there is a sense of familiarity to it that grabs the imagination and the laughs of children and adults alike. 

Llama Llama mad at Mama  by Anna Dewdeny
The cover says it all!  Little Llama does not want to go shopping with Mama.  Why? Cause its not fun!  Mom and little one will certainly relate this story and probably have a few giggles as they find out how the whole shopping experience ends.  

Time just won't permit me to add more titles to the list.   Don't you worry though,  I'll have a part two soon!  

Have fun reading!