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Children’s books to read together on Mother’s Day

The beauty of children’s books is that we get transported right back to our own childhood. Leafing through page after page of colourful illustrations and simple but meaningful words and stories lets us find a moment of joy and happiness with our children. And there is so much variety on offer when it comes to children’s books – so many themes and storylines to choose from. Take, for example, children’s books for mother’s day.

Since the time I started reading to my son (since he was just about 10 days old if I remember), I have used books to help him make sense of this rich world that he has been born into. New words & objects, concepts, rituals, traditions, everything was easier when it was introduced by way of books.

Around the time he turned 2 years old was when he started developing the patience and interest to sit through an entire story. He asked for the big, fat book of fairy tales to be read to him. He listened with intent and followed the stories of the various characters he heard of. He followed the text in the pages and by the third or fourth reading knew when to turn the page to the next one. He even began to narrate the same stories back to me in the right sequence too.

This heralded the beginning of a new phase in his relationship with books. And I jumped at the chance to fill up his library with new books. Books which would teach him more, tell him deeper tales & fire his imagination just a little bit more.

The second Sunday of May

I also saw this as an apt moment to introduce him to celebrations and events that are a part of the children’s world such as Diwali, Birthdays and the Hallmark calendar dates such as Mother’s Day.

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Well, I am not the kind of mother who will want my child to hand-make me a card and wish me especially on the second Sunday of May. He will be taught that love and gratitude are to be displayed in moments rather than dates. But I could not let an opportunity like this get away and not read some lovely books for him. So this is what we are reading all this month – a mother and child special.

Let’s read some books!

First up is our all-time favourite and a tear-jerker at that!

Love You Forever

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Author: Robert Munsch

Illustrated by: Sheila McGraw

Publishing house: Firefly Books

First published on 1st October’ 1986

This one brought out all the waterworks right from the first time I read it to #babyT and still does manage to every time.

The story shows a young mother with her newborn child and then the boy as he grows up to be 2, 9, a teen to a grown-up man. In all these moments, the mother wants to tear her hair out and scream “This kid is driving me CRAZY.” #Truestory right? But she still creeps up to his bedside at night when he is asleep, holds him in her arms and heart and sings him a song full of love. And then one day she grows old and is too weak to hold him. Then its the son’s turn to pay his mom a visit.

BabyT proudly claims that he is the 2-year-old in the book, sitting right beside the toilet, flushing things down like his mother’s expensive watch. And just like the mama in the book, sometimes I wonder too what I have done to deserve all this?

Probably a whole lot of good. ūüôā

If you are a boy mom then this book will strike a special chord with you. You can buy this book here – Love You Forever

Carry Me, Amma

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Author: Shamim Padamsee
Translated by: Suvarna Sridhar

Illustrated by: Ajanta Guhathakurta

Publishing house: Tulika Books

First published in 2014

This was our first book from the house of Tulika. They have such a huge range of wonderful books relevant to the Indian context. Also what I love most about Tulika is most of their books are available as bilingual books. We have the English – Marathi version of this book.

It tells the story of how baby animals want their amma (mother) to carry them and their mother responds by telling them to hop on to her back or cling to her belly or jump into her (kangaroo) pouch. It shows children how animals carry their babies and how humans do.

I love that the book ends with a “Carry me, papa” where a baby seahorse is asking its predominant parent the father to do the carrying.

I have used this book to get #babyT back into the groove with babywearing. And I truly wish that in future editions, Tulika will show babywearing illustrations in this book.

You can buy this book here – carry me amma

Guddu’s Photo

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Author: Nandini Nayar
Translated by: Vidhu Purkayastha

Illustrated by: Zeel Sanghvi

Publishing house: Tulika Books

First published in 2012

Guddu’s mother wants to take a photo of him, with an old-fashioned camera. But she doesn’t want any of Guddu’s animal toys to share the screen space with him (maybe she needs a photo for his school ID card). However this makes Guddu sad and he doesn’t feel like smiling for the camera… until a little animal pokes, tickles or licks Guddu.

Ma soon finds out that the best smiles are when you are surrounded by your best pals.

This is another of our favourites from Tulika Books. It is a bilingual book again and makes for easy reading. The graphics show cute, cuddly animals made of cloth. Guddu’s Photo is a magical story where toys come to life and make a little boy happy.

You can buy the book here – Guddu’s Photo/Guddu Ki Photo (Bilingual: English/Hindi)

My Mummy by Peppa Pig

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Publishing house: Ladybird Books

First published in 2012

I picked this book to gift it to a friend but when #babyT saw it, he squealed in delight and asked me to read it to him. The book has Peppa praising her mother for being the best mummy in the whole wide world – “she is very serious, about playing with me and George” says Peppa. BabyT especially loves the scene where mummy pig is working hard on her laptop from home, “Just like Tara” he said.

All a very simple and fun Peppa story, that like everything Peppa pig ends in muddy puddles.

This is in a board book format and may suit younger babies too.¬† You can buy this book here –¬†Peppa Pig: My Mummy

Do you have my purr?

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Author: Judy West

Illustrated by:  Tim Warnes

Publishing house: Little Tiger Press

First published in 1999

A little kitten seems to have lost his “purr” and despite his mother’s assurances that he will find it soon enough, sets out to look for it. Along the way, he asks all the animals and birds on the farm if they’ve seen his purr. But they only know where their Moo, Oink, Quack, Squeak or HootHoot is. A great way to introduce kids to animals on the farm and the sounds they make.

Eventually, little kitten comes back to his mummy, who tells him that his purr is inside him and will show up when he is happy. Happy with this knowledge kitten does purr and all is well with the world again.

You can buy this book here – Do You Have My Purr?

I’m not cute!

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Author & Illustrator: Johnathan Allen

Publishing house: Boxer Books

First published in 2005

Little Owl is feeling a bit grumpy and hopes no one will cross his path while he is out on his walk. But there are creatures lurking who want to hug him and call him “Cute”. But baby owl is not cute, he is a mean, hunting machine of course. And only his mummy owl knows what a “huge, scary, sleek, sharp-eyed hunting machine” he really is, albeit a cute little one.

A funny story that is sure to have your little one in splits, if you do the voices right of course. You can buy this book here –¬†I’m Not Cute! (Baby Owl)

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Author: Karishma Mahbubani

Illustrated by:  Sandhya Prabhat

Publishing house: Multistory Learning Pvt Ltd. (Book Lover’s Program for schools)

First published in2014

Dev wants to help around the house, but his attempts mostly end in disasters. Are you in that phase with your toddler where he wants to and tries to help you with things around the house – mopping, swapping and brushing the grimiest nooks being the most favourite? Then this book is for you.

Dev is banished and told not to help, but he can’t stop himself and wants to clean up his sister’s room. But instead of disaster, something incredible happens and his mummy is overjoyed.

I bought this book from one of my favourite online stores – You can find the book here – Dev likes to help (

What could it be? – Curious Sameer series

 Author: Nandini Nayar

Illustrated by:  Francesco Manetti

Publishing house:  Karadi Tales

First published in 2013

Mummy has a special surprise for Sameer. He wonders what is inside the special package – and guesses if it will help him soar, make stuff or even enter a new world. His mother assures him it will do all that and more.

What could it be indeed? The big reveal happens only when Sameer opens his gift and you will agree that his gift will open a whole new world for him.

You can buy the book here РWhat could it be? (Karadi Tales) Also available at

Whose lovely child can you be? 

Author:  Shobha ViswanathChildren's books for mothers day - Indian & international publications. #Childrenbooks #mothersday #booksaboutmothers #MothersDaybooks #raisingareader #booksweread #booksforkids #tulikabooks #karaditales

Illustrated by:  Christine Tappin

Publishing house:  Karadi Tales

First published in 2010

Gulgul is upset to hear someone on the playground tell her that she is not her mumma’s child and that she is a “stray” Mumma decides this is the best day to tell Gulgul the story of how she came into their lives.

But soon a virtual war of words happens where everyone, Mumma, pappa, brother, grandparents and uncles and aunts want to win and say that “Gulgul is mine.”

Gulgul realises that she is very special and very loved.

A great book on adoption. You can buy the book here – Whose Lovely Child Can You Be? (Karadi Tales)

The Giving Tree

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Publishing house:  Particular Books by Penguin group

First published in 1964 

A very famous book, The Giving Tree has inspired many lives – young and old.¬† A tree loved a little boy very much and every day the boy would come to spend time with her. She sees him grow and go through all of life’s ups and downs. In all his stages the tree doesn’t stop giving – shade, apples, wood or a place to sit and relax.

The Giving Tree has meant a lot of different things, but when we picked it up this time, I couldn’t help but notice how much like a mother the tree is. She gives and gives and her only reward is seeing her child happy. Making her child happy and giving may almost kill her but she still doesn’t think twice about offering whatever little she has.

While we may like to think that the mother of today is not all sacrificing, her priority is always her child. Times may have changed but mothers will never stop giving more than their 100% to their kids.

Have you read The Giving Tree? You can buy it here – The Giving Tree

Which book do you think you’d like to read to your little ones this Mother’s Day? Do you have any mommy-child favourite books you would recommend? Let me know in comments.

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  1. Ashwini Menon

    All of these seem like such good books. Shared it with relatives who have young kids. ūüôā

    • mommyingbabyt

      thank you Ashwini. ?

  2. Priya

    Habit of reading books, best gift you can give to your kids.
    btw you have been nominated for the mystery blogger award- check it out

  3. Keerthi

    Loved the way you have reviewed those books. Very useful and relatable

    • mommyingbabyt

      thank you Keerthi ? Glad you liked it.

  4. priyadarshani Panda

    I need all the tulip books mentioned here i am getting love you forever for sure.ANd in any case i keep an eye on your recommendation and my trip to india is all abut buying those books thanks again for this lovely list.

  5. Sejal

    Thank you for sharing this list! My favourite book is Love you Forever. Everytime I read that book tears roll down my eyes midway and I have to pause to get a hold on myself.

  6. Shubhada Bhide

    Oh, these are some great books to read. I will definitely share this with my friends and cousin who have a toddler.

  7. Zaianb

    Great review Tara! Guddu Ki Photo sounds like a fun and engaging one to me the most!:)

  8. Vidhi Duggal

    A very wonderful review. Your list of books is way too interesting. I am surely gonna take a look at them.

  9. Anisha Agrawal

    Such lovely suggestion of book.. Love you forever is my personal fav.. thank for your reviews

  10. Rhea

    Saving this post for the names of the lovely books… will check the library and the book shop if they have them. Thanks, wish you a Happy Mother’s Day

  11. Alpana Deo

    I would check out the Marathi version of Carry Me Mama. I would like my kids to read Marathi books with me.

  12. Anubhuti

    Books are always a great friend to have. My son also loves me reading him books and spends a lot of time in the particular activity. Will surely try the books mentioned above in coming months

  13. Neha Tambe

    These are some great books! I am usually hunting for simple to read Marathi or regional language books and I see a few recommendations here.

  14. anupriya

    This is a great collection of books. Especially to be read for Mother’s Day. We have some of the titles mentioned in your list and Nik absolutely loves them

  15. Deepa

    Reading is the best hobby. Its important to inculcate this habit of reading in kids from starting. I am going to share this list with my friends with small kids.

  16. Surbhi Mahobia

    That’s a great curation. I have bookmarked this for future. Right now my daughter is reading Gerenimo Stilton. Will look up these once that gets over. Thanks for the suggestions, Nayatrara.

  17. suchi

    All of these seem like such good books! Would probably share this with my sister for my little nephew!

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