Book List: Picture Books about Mums.

Sharing a book with your child is one of the most special moments we can experience as parents. Even better is sharing a special book that only the two of you read together. Below are some precious books that celebrate the love of a mother and the relationship she has with her children.

One of these books would make a perfect Mothers’ Day gift.

…and here is a printer-friendly version of the list in case you want to leave subtle hints for your partner and children.

My Mum Says the Strangest Things and other books about mums. My Mum Says the Strangest Things

Author: Katrina Germein

Illustrator: Tom Jellett

ISBN: 978-1922179562

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Black Dog Books (Walker Books Australia), April 2014

RRP: $24.95

Katrina Germein and Tom Jellet take a close look at the things that mothers say.

This book is so spot-on, it’s hilarious. Mothers and children will chuckle their way through this book of idioms commonly used by mothers; sayings they use when they’re frustrated (You’re driving me round the bend) or when they really don’t know the answers (Two wrongs don’t make a right).

Suitable for ages: 4+

HOw I Love You and other books about Mums at My Little BookcaseHow I Love You

Author/Illustrator: Anna Pignataro

ISBN: 978-1742838182

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, March 2014

RRP: $16.99

Let Anna Pignataro take you on a journey through the Australian bush with her sweet illustrations, and find out how various Australian animals show love to their mothers. Koalas hug, platypuses kiss, dingoes nuzzle, and owls nestle. A charming book that children will love re-enacting with their own mums.

Suitable for ages: 2+

Awesome Aussie Things to do with Mum and other books about mums. Visit My Little Bookcase for detailsAwesome Aussie Things To Do With Mum

Illustrator: Simon Williams

ISBN: 978-1742839950

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, April 2014

RRP: $12.99

Children will never be bored again, neither will their mums. This is a comprehensive little book of activities broken into five sections (In the Backyard, Games, Home Sweet Home, Stuff to do on Rainy Days and Beach Daze), ensuring there is something fun for every child and their mum to do TOGETHER.

Suitable for ages: 6+

Mummy, You're Special to Me and other books about mums at My Little BookcaseMummy, You’re Special To Me

Author: Laine Mitchell

Illustrator: Kim Fleming

ISBN: 978-1742839813

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, April 2014

RRP: $16.99

This is a celebration of wonderful motherly traits told with rhyming text and fun illustrations.

Suitable for ages: 3+

What Makes My Mum Happy

Author: Tania Cox

Illustrator: Lorette Broekstra

ISBN: 978-1742378374

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, April 2012

RRP: $12.99 (aud)

This book is an ode to making mums happy.  There is a sing-song rhythm to the text, which makes it wonderful for reading aloud to very young children.

After reading this story you’ll soon realise that it doesn’t take much to make a mother happy. A kiss, a cuddle, making a mess in the bath and galloping around the house will bring a mother just as much joy as those tasks that require time and effort, like cooking breakfast or creating a crown.

Lorette Broekstra’s bright and bold illustrations of various families help to create this feel-good book.

Suitable for ages: 1+ (★★★★)

Mummy’s Kisses

Author: Paula Clark

Illustrator: Lisa Stewart

ISBN: 978-1742831220

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, April 2012

RRP: $24.99 (aud)

Mummy’s Kisses is a tender story, complemented perfectly by the sweet collage-style illustrations which have been created with pastel-coloured washi paper.

A tiny echidna starts his day with a kiss from Mum before he sets out on some new adventures: climbing trees, meeting new friends and learning to swim.

Little echidna is wary and unsure as he encounters each new task, but his mother is never far away; she’s always there to give the right kiss and offer the right encouragement.

Suitable for ages: 2+ (★★★★)

A Bit Lost

Author and Illustrator: Chris Haughton

ISBN:978-1406333831

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Walker Books, May 2011

RRP: $ 16.95 (aud)

After falling from her tree, Little Owl is desperate to find her mother. After some confused assistance from a friendly squirrel, Little Owl is finally reunited with her mum. Read our full review here.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★★)

I Love My Mum

Author: Anna Walker

ISBN:978-0007309160

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, March 2011

Ollie loves Mum – and Mum loves Ollie! Anna Walker has perfectly captured the bond between a mother and child in simple, everyday activities, as Ollie and Mum spend a special day together. Read our full review here.

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★)

I Love My Mummy

Author and Illustrator: Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd

ISBN:978-1408309575

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books (Orchard), April 2011

A frivolous,  rhyming book  with  illustrations that fill each page. This charming book  shows  just how much fun mummy and child can have in one day.

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★★)

Just Like You

Author: Jan Fearnley

ISBN: 9781405218870

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Books, March 2011

‘What makes me special?’ is what the Little Mouse wonders in this story. His mother takes him on a journey of discovery before she tucks him into bed and tells him how special he really is.  Read more in our book spotlight.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★)

My Mum’s the Best

Author and Illustrator: Rosie Smith and Bruce Whately

ISBN:978-1741698435

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Beautifully illustrated with delightful animals, My Mum’s the Best captures the fun-loving bond between mother and child. From big, cosy bear hugs to bathing elephants. Whether big or small, feathered or furry, mums always know how to make us feel special!

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★★)

I Love You Mummy

Catherine Vase

EAN:978-1862338098

Format: Board book

Publisher: Gullane Childrens Books (Walker Books), February 2011

Published: February 2011

If Mummy were a place, thinks Little Elephant, she would be a golden summer meadow. If she were a fruit, she’d be a sweet red strawberry. But what would Mummy be if she were a sound, a bird or something bright . . . ? This warm and delightfully imaginative board book celebrates the relationship between mother and child – and is the perfect stimulus for exploring love with someone special in your life!

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★)

Dearest Mum (Country Companions)

Author: Helen Ford

ISBN:978-1405257190

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Books, February 2011

Dear, Mum, you`re the best so now I`m going to try To tell you in just one small book All the reasons why. This book is a warm, funny tribute to mums everywhere, and makes a perfect Mother’s Day or birthday gift.

Suitable for ages 4+ (★★★)

Just Like My Mum

Author: David Melling

ISBN:978-0340999837

Format: Board book

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (Hachette Children’s Books), February 2010

A board book version of this wonderful celebration of the mother/child relationship.

Have you ever wanted to be just like your mum? This little lion cub wants to be like his mother! A funny tale with adorable illustrations showing the importance of mother love.

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★)

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?

Author: Eric Carle

ISBN:978-0694014569

Format: Board book

Publisher: HarperCollins, April 2002

Meet the little joey, whose kangaroo mother carries him in her pouch. See the cygnet riding on the back of the mother swan. Eric Carle′s colourful collages of animal babies with their caring and affectionate mothers offer small readers visual delight as well as comforting reassurance.

The playful question-and-answer text invites children and adults to read aloud together. Repetition of key phrases helps preschoolers take the first step toward reading readiness. And the game-like format makes it easy and fun to discover more about the world of nature and to learn the common names of some familiar – and some not so familiar – animals. A bonus page at the back of the book lists the correct but sometimes surprising names of animal babies, their parents, and groups.

Eric Carle is the creator of many beloved picture books for very small children. Here he offers a beautiful way for parents and children to share the knowledge that love crosses all boundaries and ties all creatures on this earth together.

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★★)

Are You My Mum?

Author: Susan Hall

ISBN:978-0642277152

Format: Board Book

Publisher: National Library of Australia, July 2010

A cygnet hatches out of sight of its mother and looks for her throughout the pages. She questions each different bird: ‘Are you my Mum?’ Meet Australian birds with this colourful board book from the National Library of Australia.

Suitable for ages 1

My Mum

Author: Anthony Browne

ISBN:978-0385613675

Format: Board book

Publisher: Doubleday UK, March 2008

This is a heartwarming tribute to mums filled with adorable illustrations and enriching text that will encourage children to appreciate their own mum.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★)

Don’t Let the Aliens Get My Marvellous Mum!

Author and Illustrator: Gillian Shields and Liz Pichon

ISBN: 9781862338371

Format: Board Book

Publisher: Gullane Children’s Books (Walker Books), April 2011

If Mum wasn’t there to do all those wonderful things mums do – like make special cakes, give big smiles and invent great days out – life would be, well, ALIEN. . . Find out how in this glorious celebration of mothers!

Suitable for ages 4+ (★★★)

Spot Loves his Mum

Author: Eric Hill

ISBN:978-0723257479

Format: Board book

Publisher: Penguin, April 2006

Spot loves spending time with his mum, Sally. Each spread shows Sally and Spot having fun together in this brightly coloured board book. From playing hide-and-seek to eating Sally’s cakes, every day is a fun day with Spot and Sally!

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★)

I Want My Mum

Author: Tony Ross

ISBN:978-0007254491

Format: Paperback

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, May 2008

When things don′t go well for the Little Princess, she knows there is only one person who can make them better, so she yells, “I WANT MY MUM!”  But when the Little Princess finally learns to cope on her own, how does the Queen feel? My Little Bookcase loves this book because we know how hard it is to let our children be independent. No matter how old our children are we always want them to come to Mummy.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★★)

I’m Glad You’re My Mum

Author and Illustrator: Cathy Phelan and Danielle McDonald

ISBN:978-0230746602

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Black Dog Books, February 2010

Sometimes kids need help to say the things they really feel. A book for you to complete and give as the perfect gift for your Mum. My Little Bookcase loves this book because of its personal touch. For each page of this book, there is a page for children to decorate and personalise for their own mum.

Suitable for ages 4+ (★★★★★)

My Mum

Author: Jeanette Rowe

ISBN:978-0733314605

Format: Paperback

Publisher: ABC Books (HarperCollins Children’s Books), April 2005

Every mum will love to read this warm and charming book aloud to their young one. Open each flap on the spreads to reveal the things we love about our mums. My Mum… helps me get dressed. My Mum…plays peekaboo with me. My Mum… makes yummy food. My Mum… makes me feel better. My Mum… reads to me. My Mum… whispers secrets to me. My Mum… loves me. Each book contains a special place where readers can paste a photo of their very own mum! My Little Bookcase loves this book because flaps are always a hit for toddlers and pre-schoolers. We also love the special page at the end of the book where there is space for a personal photo of Mummy and child.

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★★)

I Spy Mum!

Author and Illustrator: Janeen Brian and Chantal Stewart

ISBN:978-1921042164

Format: Hardback

Publisher: New Frontier Pty Ltd, May 2010

A little boy searches for his mum. He finds all sorts of interesting mums, a ‘waking mum’, a ‘baking mum’, a ‘camping mum’ and a ‘stamping mum’ but where is his Mum? He finally spies his mum, the one who loves him so. ‘She’s the one for me.’My Little Bookcase loves that Janeen Brian recognises the many mums in the world. Each one is different with different likes and skills but each mum is the best at being Mum to their own child.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★★)

Mum and Me

Author: Annie White

ISBN: 9780733625169

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Hachette Australia, March 2010

My mum knows just what I like…she makes me toast with vegemite. A little girl and her mum love to laugh, play hide-and-seek and splash in puddles. But most of all they love being together. This brightly illustrated picture book, told in rhyming verse, celebrates all the fun, exciting and special moments in the day of a mother and child.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★)

Mummies are Amazing

Author: Catriona Hoy

Illustrator: Annie White

ISBN:978-0734411082

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hachette Australia, April 2009

This vibrantly illustrated picture book celebrates mummies and everything they do from making snakes out of stockings and buses out of boxes to kissing sore knees and getting splinters out of little fingers. Mummies are for amazing things!

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★)

Mums

Author and Illustrator: David Bedford and Leoni Worthington

ISBN: 9781921049781

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Little Hare (Hardie Grant Egmont), 2007

A lift-the-flap book that look at mums-in all shapes and sizes

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★)

The Mummy Book

Author: Todd Parr

ISBN:978-0733317965

Format: Paperback

Publisher: ABC Books, April 2006

With child-like smiling stick figures, bold, brilliant colour and upbeat text, picture-book creator Todd Parr celebrates the diverse, wonderful world of mothers in The Mummy Book. Parr focuses on the differences between individual parents (Some mummies wear jeans, some mummies dress up)

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★)

Where’s my Mum?

Author: Susan Hall

ISBN:978-0642276797

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Antipodes Books and Beyond, Ltd, February 2009

Is she that bird with the pink feathers? … the big beak? … the round eyes? … the skinny legs? Learn about Australian birds with this lift-the-flap book from the National Library of Australia. Use the visual clues to guess which flap hides the penguin, the owl, the pelican or the eagle, and help the baby bird find its mother!

Suitable for ages 2+

Me and My Mum

Author and Illustrator: Alison Ritchie and Alison Edgson

ISBN:978-1845068479

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Koala Books, February 2010

This is a basic story about a young cub who follows in her mum’s footsteps, hoping to one day be like her mummy. Read our review here.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★)

I Love My Mummy

Author: Sebastien Braun

ISBN:978-0864615688

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Koala Book Company

This very simple text celebrates parenthood. The book captures the feeling of motherhood with lots of active fun, playing, feeding and doing things together.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★)

Magic Mummy

Author and Illustrator: Caroline Stills and Christina Miesen

ISBN:978-1742030388

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Black Dog Books

Just in time for Mother’s Day. A sweet celebration of a child’s view of their mother and all the amazing things she does every day. How magic is your mummy?

My Mummy and Me

Author and Illustrator: Rachel Flynn and Craig Smith

ISBN:978-0140565102

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Puffin (Penguin), August 1998

John loves his mummy. Sometimes they play in the sandpit, sometimes she reads him a story, and she always tucks him in at night. Does your mummy do that? This is a book full of the funny moments that families share.

Love You Forever

Author and Illustrator: Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw

ISBN:978-0920668375

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd, September 1995

A young mother holds her newborn son and looks at him lovingly. Softly she sings to him “I’ll love you forever, I’ll love you always.” This is a gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for their child—forever. The story also shows the trials and tribulations of bringing up a child. Through it all the mother’s feelings are reciprocated when the son sings to his elderly mother, “As long as I’m living, my mommy you’ll be.”

Suitable for ages 4+ (★★★★)

Although not a picture book,  we thought the following book  would be lovely to add to the list as it encourages quality ‘Mummy and Me’ time:

Mummy and me cookbookMummy and Me Cookbook

Author: Annabel Karmel

ISBN:978-1405328807

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, February 2008

A cookbook designed to help parents work with their children in the kitchen. Recipes are simple but healthy, and designed to be basic for children to follow. The cute step-by-step photos help kids understand the recipe and also teach them basic cooking skills such as how to weigh, sieve and mix.

Do you have a special book you like to read with your children?

Book List: Picture Books about Mums.

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  1. What about Love You Forever? Dare you to read it without crying. Double dare you!

    • I was given this book as a gift five days after Cam was born. It was the first time I had read it and I was crying by the first page.
      I did have this book on my list, but deleted it at the lat minute thinking that the focus was more on the mother’s love of a child, but the last couple of pages show us that it is equally about a child’s love of their mother. I will add it now. Thanks

  2. L-J said: On April 28, 2011

    well done Jackie. Just gave me a couple of ideas of other books I can put out :D

  3. We LOVE Mummies are Amazing! :) Going to be on the lookout for others here too! :) :) Will get Daddy to read them with the kids!!! Everyone can do with reminding ;)

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