The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mothers - May 2005

Selected and annotated by Laura Bultman

From Picture Books to YA Novels, they're all about Mom.

Banks, Kate. Mama's Coming Home; illus. by Tomek Bogacki. Foster/Farrar, 2003. 3-6 years.
In this lively rhythmic story, a busy mother comes home after work to her waiting family.

Cannon, A.E. Let the Good Times Roll with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe; illus. by Elwood H. Smith. Viking, 2004. Gr. 1-3.
The pirates return, and this time they decide to visit the Pirate Queen - and her "pet stunt duck," Duck-o.

Cheng, Andrea. The Lace Dowry. Front Street, 2005. Gr. 4-7.
Twelve-year-old Juli wants a career, but her mother wants her to get married - can they ever understand each other?

Elya, Susan Middleton. Home at Last; illus. by Felipe Davalos. Lee & Low, 2002. 6-9 years.
Ana Patiño and her family have just moved to the United States, but Mama is unhappy. Will an emergency change her mind about learning English?

Fearnley, Jan. Watch Out!; written and illus. by Jan Fearnley. Candlewick, 2004. 3-6 years.
Busy Wilf and his Mother discover that they have a lot to learn about communication.

Friedman, Laurie. Back to School, Mallory; illus. by Tamar Schmitz. Carolrhoda, 2004. Gr. 2-4.
Third grade is especially hard when your mother is the new teacher!

Hicks, Betty. Busted! Brodie/Roaring Brook, 2004. Gr. 4-7.
Stuart is tired of being grounded and is sure that if only his single mom had a date with his soccer coach things would be better.

Hopkinson, Deborah. A Packet of Seeds; illus. by Bethanne Andersen. Greenwillow, 2004. 5-8 years.
Going west is hard for Annie's family and really hard for Momma. Annie and her brother plant a garden to cheer Momma up - will it work?

Jonell, Lynne. When Mommy Was MAD; illus. by Petra Mathers. Putnam, 2002. 4-7 years.
Mommy is banging pans in the kitchen - is it because of something Christopher did?

Kaaberbol, Lene. The Shamer's Daughter; tr. By Lene Kaaberbol. Holt, 2004. Gr. 6-9.
Dina has inherited an unusual gift from her mother, and she had better learn to use it quickly if she wants to save both their lives!

Marchetta, Melina. Saving Francesca. Knopf, 2004. Gr. 7-12.
Francesca's mother Mia is the center of the family. When Misa suddnly becomes too depressed to get out of bed, Francesca must reevaluate her family, friendships, and herself.

Martin, Ann. M. Here Today. Scholastic, 2004. Gr. 5-8.
Ellie's mother dreams of being a star, but Ellie just wants to keep her family together.

McDonald, Megan. Baya, Baya, Lulla-by-a; illus. by Vera Rosenberry. Jackson/Atheneum, 2003. 3-5 years.
A lyrical story-song about a mother making a blanket and singing a lullaby to her baby.

Waddell, Martin. Snow Bears; illus. by Sarah Fox-Davies. Candlewick, 2003. 2-5 years.
Mummy Bear and her three cubs enjoy a romp through the snow.

Willner-Pardo, Gina. My Mom and Other Mysteries of the Universe. Clarion, 2004. Gr 4-6.
After her mother falls into a coma, Arlie notices that a new girl at school is strangely like her mom - could this be Arlie's chance to make things right?

Woodson, Jacqueline. Coming On Home Soon. Illus. by E.B. Lewis. Putnam, 2004. 5-8 years.
When her mother gets a job in Chicago, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma, but longs for Mama's return