Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids — Books about Mothers

Mother’s Day is coming up and so the perennial search for the perfect gift for your mom. Try one of these books, perfect for reading with or to your mom. If you want to pamper your mom even more, do something special for Mother’s Day in Kirkland.

Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.



Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy

Penguin Group, 978-0-698-11787-7


Mrs. Large has 3 rambunctious elephant children who are quite a handful and this morning all she wants is 5 minutes’ peace. The illustrations are delightful, full of exasperated looks from Mrs. Large and messy abandon from the kids. Moms will appreciate Mrs. Large’s plight and kids will love the humorous pictures and antics of her children.



Is your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino, Illustrated by Steve Kellogg

Scholastic, Inc, 978-0-439-59842-2


This classic book uses the repetitive questioning refrain, “Is your mama a llama?” as a baby llama talks with other animals. Each animal explains that its mama isn’t a llama because of where they live, what they eat, or what they look like. Kids will quickly pick up on the pattern and be eager to help the little llama in his search for his mama.




Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse, Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

Chronicle Books, 978-0-877-01759-2


A small Inuit girl asks, “Mama, do you love me?” Her mother answers that she does. But the little girl wants to know how much? How long? What if? Through it all, mama reassures her Dear One that, “Still, I would love you.” A wonderful book for older siblings who are learning to share their parents, as well as a beautiful introduction to Inuit culture.