Moms are sometimes not easily understood. They seem to be all kinds of things that are contradictory (like the best protection from the monsters, but afraid of little bugs!). At the same time, moms don't always know how to tell their children what they need to hear. Here are some books that will help bridge the gap, approach sensitive topics, or simply provide a moment of bonding.
by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Doug Cushman
A mom seen through the eyes of her child. She's somewhat helpless and needs protection, but she has a great kid who is on the case. A book that will give you ideas to help kids feel empowered, or maybe a way to reassure a child that you are not as powerless as you may seem, with a chuckle thrown in for good measure.
by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
There is a time in every child's life when they feel as if they have made mom so mad (or so sad) that she can't possibly love them any more. That is the perfect time to read this book. A child tries to determine the boundaries of a mother's love only to find there are none. Under the anger, the surprise, the embarrassment, the sadness, there will always be love. A book that should be within reach of all moms at all times.
by Angela Johnson, illustrated by David Soman
There is no reason for story time to be over just because the child is too old to like being read to. Instead of Little Red Riding Hood, a mom tells her daughter stories from her own life, her own history. A good book for the transition between the traditional bedtime story you might tell a child and the private moment to have a little honest chat with the teenager. Bonding and questions sure to follow.
by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Kay Chorao
Mama says there aren't any monsters, but then again, last week she said it was going to rain and it didn't. A good book to approach a discussion all moms should consider having with their children on the topic of making mistakes, and the issue of trust, even when mistakes are made.
by Audrey Penn
Reluctant to be away from his mom, the little raccoon doesn't want to go to school. But then mom gives him a secret gift that will make it all better. Going to school is often the first time a child is away from mom for any length of time. It's not easy for either the mother or the child. Reading this book might give you the key to helping your child, and yourself, over that hurdle.
by Audrey Penn
Having learned to be away from mom in The Kissing Hand, the little raccoon must now learn to share mom with a little brother. A great book for preparing any child for the big brother (or sister) experience. Beautifully illustrated.
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