Mother’s Day Reads

Mother’s day is almost here! We love Moms and today we’re celebrating them with books we love that feature mother and child relationships. Do you have a favourite book that you loved reading with your mom? Let us know!

Picture Books

Written by Emil Sher
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Groundwood Books, 2017
ISBN 978-1-55498-483-1
IL: Ages 4-7 RL: Grade 3

Between work and school, Skip and her mother don’t get to spend as much time together as they’d like. In handwritten notes, Skip expresses her fears about going to sleep-away camp for the very first time, and, as the big day approaches, her mom gently soothes Skip’s nerves. Love shines through in the scribbled sticky notes they leave each other.

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The Boy in the Bindi
Written by Vivek Shraya
Illustrated by Rajni Perera
Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016
ISBN 978-1-55152-668-3
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 2-3

In this beautiful picture book, a little boy becomes fascinated with his Ammi’s (mother’s) bindi, the red dot commonly worn by South Asian women, and wishes to have his own. Rather than chastise him, she agrees, and with her help, the boy discovers that wearing a bindi allows him to joyfully explore and express his difference — and that even a little “spot” can be meaningful and magical.

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A Pattern for Pepper
Written and Illustrated by Julie Kraulis
Tundra Books, 2017
ISBN 978-1-101917-56-5
IL: Ages 5-9 RL: Grade 1-4

Pepper is getting a dress made for a special occasion. It’s the first dress that has ever been made just for her, and she wants it to be perfect. But what pattern is right for her? Pepper is particular, and nothing works at first. Dotted Swiss? Too plain. Houndstooth? Not enough color. Pinstripe? Too glum. As Pepper learns about each fabric, she finds a reason why it’s just not the one. Will Pepper ever be able to find the perfect pattern?

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Sweetest Kulu
Written by Celina Kalluk
Illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis
Inhabit Media, 2014
ISBN 978-1-927095-77-5
IL: Ages 0-4 RL: Grades 1-2

This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little ‘Kulu,’ this book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. This title is also available in French as Kulu adoré

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Junior & Intermediate Fiction

How It Happened in Peach Hill
Written by Marthe Jocelyn
Tundra Books, 2009
ISBN 978-08877-6907-8
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grade 7

Annie and her mother come to Peach Hill, the latest in a string of towns where Mama sets herself up as a spiritual adviser who can put people in contact with the “dearly departed.” Fifteen-year-old Annie is Mama’s invisible secret weapon—she gathers important information about clients by pretending to be an idiot. After all, people will say anything in front of an idiot.

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The Painting
Written by Charis Cotter
Tundra Books, 2017
ISBN 978-1-1019-1839-5
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 3-7

Annie and her mother don’t see eye to eye. When Annie’s mother slips into a coma following a car accident, strange things begin to happen to Annie. She finds herself falling into a painting and meeting a girl her own age living at the lighthouse. Claire’s mother Maisie is the artist behind the painting, and like Annie, Claire’s relationship with her mother is fraught. Annie thinks she can help them find their way back to each other, and in so doing, help mend her relationship with her own mother.

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Young Adult Fiction

Life on the Refrigeration Door
Written by Alice Kuipers
Harper, 2007
ISBN 978-0-0613-7049-6
IL: Ages 13-16 RL: Grades 7-10

Heartfelt, touching, and unforgettable, Life on the Refrigerator Door is a glimpse into the lives of mothers and daughters everywhere. In this deeply touching novel told through a series of notes written from a loving mother and her devoted fifteen-year-old daughter, debut author Alice Kuipers deftly captures the impenetrable fabric that connects mothers and daughters throughout the world.

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Past Tense
Written by Star Spider
HarperCollins, 2018
ISBN 978-1-4434-5211-3
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 9-10

Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it — she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid. But life gets more complicated when Julie comes home to find her mother insisting that her heart is gone. Pretty soon it becomes clear: Julie’s mom believes that she has died.

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Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined
Written by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Razorbill Canada, 2017
ISBN 978-0-670-07013-8
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Once Ingrid travelled the world with her opera-star mother and everything soared with music. But when the curtain fell, Ingrid longed to hear the music soar again. Now she’s on a summer wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens. Ingrid is never going to make it through the summer if she can’t figure out why she’s here… and why the music really stopped.

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Under the Dusty Moon
Written by Suzanne Sutherland
Dundurn, 2016
ISBN 978-1-4597-3202-5
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Victoria is the 16-year-old daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, whose band Dusty Moon took the world by storm when Micky was a teenager. Now, Micky’s solo career is taking off. With her mom going on tour, Vic is spending the summer with her grandmother. With the help of new friends, Vic starts to see herself as her own person, out from under her mother’s shadow.

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Do you have a favourite book about moms? Let us know!