Skip to main content

This weekend is Mother’s Day. (opens in a new window) I always thought of it as a holiday created by, well, by Hallmark.

But it’s not. I learned that it has roots in a feisty woman named Anna Jarvis who wanted to honor her mother. And apparently mothers were celebrated even farther back in history.

I admit that I have a particular point of view; that any day and any celebration is better with a book.

Much lauded artists, Leo and Diane Dillon, introduce readers to mothers and children around the world in a stunningly illustrated book entitled Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons (opens in a new window) (Scholastic). The simple words of wisdom, written by Rob Walker, appear in English as well as Russian, Hebrew, Korean, and other languages. The words are universal but the images go places quite literally.

For younger children, My Mom and Me (opens in a new window) (Little Simon) celebrates what mothers and children enjoy sharing. It, too, presents families from different cultures and uses words from different languages.

And look for a new Martha Alexander book recently completed by James Rumford. In Max & the Dumb Flower Picture (opens in a new window) (Charlesbridge), preschooler Max rebels against coloring in the lines of a pre-drawn flower to give his mom for Mother’s Day.

Here’s to mothers and celebrations — and to books shared between moms ands kids.

About the Author

Reading Rockets’ children’s literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids’ books both inside — and outside — of the classroom.

Publication Date
May 8, 2009

Related Topics

Children’s Books