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Published May 7th 2013
With Mother's Day looming, what better way to spend time with your little one than to sit down and read a picture story book that extols all the virtues of a fantastic mother? While the covers for these books are predominately pink (which can be a little disturbing for those who don't believe in gender-specific colours), the stories and themes that can be found within the pages are bound to raise a smile from the kids and invoke a loving hug or two from mum. What's not to love?
My Mum's The Best by Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley
Available as a board book and a picture story book, My Mum's The Best is a recount of exactly why mums are so special. Featuring Whatley's cute animal illustrations and a limited amount of text, these are perfect for little children to read with their mum. Little kids will love the mother penguin feeding her chick a fish as big as she is and the mother seal balancing a ball (and her pup) on the end of her nose.
Each illustration is centred on a plain coloured background with the accompanying (simply written) text on the opposite page, which means that children can read along and enjoy each animal's antics as it plays/washes/feeds its child. This is a very cute book and a worthy addition to your young child's library.
I Love You, Mummy Duck by Dawn Richards & Heidi D'hamers
This picture story book differs from the others, in that it is the only one that actually tells a story rather than listing mummy's best attributes. It's Mother's Day, and Mummy Duck and Little Duck have plans to spend the whole day together. They pack a picnic and set out to play in the meadow. While they sit and enjoy their picnic, Little Duck asks his mother to detail her perfect day. What follows is an imagination-filled account bursting with colourful illustrations and fun adventures to be had by both Mummy Duck and Little Duck.
Spurred on by his mother, Little Duck contributes his own views on what would be the perfect day and, together, they muse over all of the possibilities. Before they know it, the day turns to night and they have to head home, without having done any of the things they talked about. But did Mummy Duck still have a perfect day regardless? The characters in this book are cute and are sure to appeal to young and old, as will the sweet storyline.
I Love My Mum by Anna Walker
Part of the extensive I Love Ollie series by author-illustrator Anna Walker, this book is sure to please young children as they read the rhyming lines with their mother and recognise their own day-to-day life in the pastel-coloured illustrations. Whether it's helping to hang the washing on the line, playing with the butterflies, or watching fish swim by under the bridge, the whimsical pictures of Ollie and her mum enjoying life together are a treat for all interested in Walker's delightful illustrations.
Mummy's Kisses by Paula Clark & Lisa Stewart
Noticeably Australian in theme, this picture story book about a baby echidna and its mother is absolutely adorable. The story follows Baby Echidna's adventures as he or she interacts with the other Australian wildlife (including a lizard and platypus) and swims with the ducks in the pond. Along the way, Mother Echidna's encouraging words and kisses remind Baby Echidna that anything is possible, that sometimes you have to take chances, and even if you fail, you're allowed to cry and then try again. These sweet messages are perfectly illustrated in the watercolour-pencil imagery, and remind us that sometimes all you need is mummy's kisses and reassurance to make the world a more manageable place.
My Mum Is Beautiful by Jessica Spanyol
Don't judge me for saying this, but it needs to be put out there - some mums are just not physically beautiful. Luckily, by reading the title of this children's' book, we can determine that the author isn't insinuating that all mothers are beautiful, just her mum. And for the owner of this book and his or her mother, the same will probably be true. Rather than focussing on Mum's physical appeal, this story talks more about the beautiful qualities that she holds. Sure, your mum could be the most beautiful creature to walk the earth (and if she is, you've hopefully inherited the genes!) but if she likes your pictures, enjoys snuggling up with you, goes shopping with you, and helps you feed the ducks, then she is equally (if not more) beautiful. This book perfectly illustrates that looks don't matter and that when it comes to it, love is the most important attribute you can have.
My Mum by Anthony Browne
Anthony Browne, a prolific British author-illustrator, has previously created several books to celebrate various members of the family, including My Dad and My Brother. Specially re-released for Mother's Day, this little gem, My Mum, is his tribute to mothers everywhere. Using witty language and illustrating his points with his trademark style, the mum in Browne's story easily represents mothers the world over. Told from the perspective of her son, we see just how wonderful she is, whether it be at juggling (domestic chores or physical juggling), painting (aka putting on her makeup) and making him laugh. She could be anything in the world, but instead, she has chosen to be his mum, and he absolutely loves her for it. The sweet sentiments, along with the funny accompanying pictures, are sure to be a hit with younger children as they share this story with their own mum.
*Note: This special edition has a free Mother's Day card included inside.
Why I Love My Mummy- Illustrated by Daniel Howarth
Mothers of the animal kingdom frolic around and do motherly things with their offspring in this delightfully illustrated picture story book. From elephants to koalas, from tigers to polar bears, each of the animals in this book show love towards their children in the way that they bathe them, take them to fun places and help them to sleep at night. Some of the baby animals love their mother because she feeds them, or plays with them, or simply because she smells nice. The dedication on the cover of this book is to mummies everywhere, and we are told that the book is written 'in children's very own words' (which certainly seems to be the case). If you want to read a cute book that features a few simple reasons for why love exists between a parent and their child, then this is the book for you.
Dear Mummy I Love You by Catherine Allison & Shelagh McNicholas
Most of the picture story books that are released for Mother's Day feature the mum in question, and either her son or daughter. This book differs in that both children are represented, and each gets special time with their mother. Mummy is happy to spend time splashing in puddles with her son, and looking for ladybugs with her daughter. She is also happy to spend time with both of them as they share breakfast or snuggle down to read a bedtime story. There's plenty of detail in these pretty pictures and children will enjoy the colourful images. There's also a Mother's Day card included in the back of this book, as well as suggestions on how to personalise it to make it special for your own mummy, so you too can show your mum just how much you appreciate her.
A Little Book About Me And My Mum, Illustrated by Jedda Robaard
Similar to a keepsake journal, this picture story book is the epitome of cuteness. Illustrated by the extremely talented Jedda Robaard, children are invited to personalise this book, by sticking in photos, writing in facts (such as names on a family tree and things that they enjoy doing with Mum) and drawing or colouring in some sections. The interactive qualities of this book mean that children will enjoy themselves, and also learn a little bit more about their mother along the way. This book also has a gift card in the back, which children can fill out and give to their mum on her special day.