Literary Moms

Literary Moms

Looking for a good read for Mother’s Day? Check out our librarians’ suggestions of some of the great (and not so great) moms and maternal figures in literature.


  • Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  • Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
  • Elsewhere by Richard Russo
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
  • Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou
  • Mother’s guide to the meaning of life : what being a mom has taught me about resiliency, guilt, acceptance, and love by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Operating Instructions: A Journal of my Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott
  • Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion


  • Always Listen to Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide
  • Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Dina’s Egg by Lee Lorenz
  • Hazel’s Amazing Mother by Rosemary Wells
  • Hush by Minfong Ho
  • If Kisses Were Colors by Janet Lawler
  • Imani’s Moon by JaNay Brown-Wood
  • Ramona and her Mother by Beverly Cleary
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña,
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Mama Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  • Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • Pecan Pie Baby Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Someday. Someday by Alison McGhee
  • Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Tell Us We’re Home by Marina Budhos’
  • That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

List by Emily Witkowski

Posted by Barbara | 15 May 2018 | Comments Off on Literary Moms

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