Hi Mama Bears,
With Mother’s Day around the corner (already? I know, this year is flying!) I wanted to share with you my favorite children’s books that celebrate all you wonderful mothers.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.
Softly she sings to him:
“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”
And so begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions of mothers and sons. I weep every time I read this book. It’s difficult to read this book so often because it’s just as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. This book really does inspire me though to treasure every second with my dear son.
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Because I’m a stay at home mom and the main caregiver to my son, he is especially attached to me and battles with separation anxiety. Reading this book with my son helps to comfort him whenever I have to be away. My son gives me the widest smile as soon as the Mommy bird and the baby bird are reunited. This is a great book to read with any child struggling with separation anxiety.
Thank You, God, For Mommy by Amy Parker
This is a really sweet story with wonderful and affectionate illustrations. I really like this book because it’s from the point of view of a grateful child. A panda cub thanks God for everything his Mommy panda does for him. He thanks God for his Mommy’s patience, for her nurturing ways and for always loving him no matter what he does. This is a great book to guide children how to express their thankfulness for their mommy!
God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren
This book is actually where the idea of Mama Bear Matters started : ) This is a great “where did I come from?” story. It’s about a Mommy bear telling her baby girl the story of how she came to be. The Mommy bear chronicles her pregnancy, delivery, and their first moments with their newborn daughter, repeatedly telling the young bear, “God gave us you.” My favorite part of the story is when the Mommy bear is praying for her unborn child.
I want to thank my late Auntie Esther Ibarra for giving our son Evan this wonderfully heartfelt and God-centered book. May you rest in peace Auntie. You are missed by so many.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This was the first book I ever received as a new mommy (thank you cousin Mo!). It’s a powerful story about a mother’s unconditional love. A mother (symbolized by a tree) willingly gives everything of herself to a little boy so he can achieve happiness, even if it means she has to go without. The story is not only about a mother’s unconditional love, it’s also about a mother’s understanding, patience and selfless giving. This is a timeless story and a must have book for all mothers.
- What are your favorite children’s “mommy books”?
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