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Inclusive Books to Celebrate and Honor Mother Figures

Mother’s Day is May 8!

This post is dedicated to every type of tenderhearted, compassionate, brave, hardworking, accepting, inspirational and one-of-a-kind mother figure in your life.

We know that this holiday can sometimes be a challenging and emotional one, and our hope is for every child (and grown up!) to find a story that resonates with them about their own lived experiences.

This inclusive list of books features stories about nurturing and industrious mothers, supportive and encouraging aunties and grandmas, and bonus moms and friends who make kids feel loved.

For our complete list of recommendations and to purchase and/or donate, visit our Bookshop page.

Below are some of our favorite recommendations that celebrate and honor mother figures - just in time for Mother's Day!

Mama: A World of Mothers and Motherhood

Author: Helene Delforge | Illustrator: Quentin Greban | Publisher: Floris Books

This book is unlike any other in this category. Instead of featuring one storyline, it is a collection of emotional insights about motherhood - spanning all over the globe, across different cultures and times.

Each page features a new reflection and corresponding illustration that portrays the best and hardest aspects of motherhood, never shying away from the deep complexity that comes with being a mother. It is incredibly unifying as well and demonstrates how all mothers are alike in the love they have for their children.

All Moms

Author: Sarah Kate Ellis & Kristen Ellis-Henderson | Illustrator: Max Rambaldi | Publisher: little bee books

The book, All Moms, speaks to the sentiment that there’s no perfect way to be a mom, but there are infinite ways to be a great one. This story shines as an inclusive and visual representation of all types of moms - some kids have two dads, some have one mom, others have a grandma. Some moms are always late, some moms love to craft and paint, “but all moms’ love is as big as the sky.”

I’ll Hold Your Hand

Author: Maggie C. Rudd | Illustrator: Elisa Chavarri | Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Step aside, Love You Forever and Goodnight Moon, I’ll Hold Your Hand is the quintessential book to give new parents and caregivers of babies and small children. It is beautifully inclusive and authentically represents the world we live in. I’ll Hold Your Hand is about the millions of big and small ways that families care for, support and love a child through the phases of their lives. The bright and floral illustrations feel like a breath of fresh air - perfect for Mother’s Day and spring!

My Love for You is Always