Happy Mother's Day! How Many Do You Know? Guess the Famous Moms from Favorite Books!

There are so many mothers and mother figures that play a major or supportive role in kids' books! Take a look and see how many you know!


We had a lot of fun putting together a post featuring these literary moms!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Peter' mom straightening bunny Peter's jacket with sisters behind him

We've set it up so you can play a 'Guess Who' game with the post!

Just scroll slowly to see the first pic from the book featuring the mother. Then, keep scrolling to see if you guessed it right!


Many of these books appear on best children's books lists and are great additions to your bookshelf!


Even if you have left picture books behind, the illustrations alone are a sweet distraction from that house that needs to be cleaned or papers that have to be organized!


Anyway, we hope all of the moms, grandmothers and special women out there have a relaxing and wonderful Mother's Day!!


Time to play 'Guess the Mom'!!



1.

Here's the first mother...

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey book cover with mother duck and ducklings


1. Make Way for Ducklings

is a wonderful classic picture book that features the ever watchful Mother Duck!

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

2.

Sylvestor's mom from Sylvestor and the Magic Pebble

2. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is beautifully written and illustrated by William Steig. We all feel the mom's emotion when Sylvester has gone missing.

We were fortunate to see many of William Steig's original illustrations at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. See more of our visit here!


Illustration from Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - Donkey parents and Sylvester in the living room

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig shows farm animals talking outside their houses

3.

full color illustration of Laura & Ma outside with buckets by half built cabin

3. Ma Ingalls

Ma Ingalls from The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder has got to be one of the most patient of the literary moms!


After moving from place to place during the pioneer times and raising all those kids, you just can't help but be impressed!

Little House in the Big Woods Laura holding doll with family in background inside of cabin

4.

Skippy Jon Jones illustration shows Mama JuneBug Jones standing at kitchen table looking down at her Siamese cat son

4.

Skippyjon Jones' mother- Mama Junebug Jones, has the most hilarious nicknames for her mischief-making son who's a Chihuahua-wannabe-Siamese cat!


Super fun books that are great for reading aloud!

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Shachner book cover with Siamese cat in terracotta pot

5.

Marmee from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott reading a letter

5. Marmee from Little Women faces every day with a choice to make. She chooses to make it a positive one and supports her family, friends and neighbors with grace and kindness despite her own family's constant challenges.

Take a peek at our post about Little Women by Louisa May Alcott here!

Marmee from Little Women reading a letter to her daughters

Old edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Llama llama Red Pajama book illustration of mother tucking in her llama

6. Mama from Llama, Llama Red Pajama

The Mama from Llama, Llama Red Pajama is put to the test when her little llama calls her constantly!

Bedtime is tough for little Llama and even more so for Mama!


Llama llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney bookcover of little llama holding his stuffy in bed looking scared


Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter movie starring Julie Walters

7. Mrs. Weasley has her own brood of red-haired kids but she wholeheartedly welcomes Harry into the folds of the Weasley family! One of our favorite literary moms for sure!


Mrs. Weasley and Harry Potter from Harry Potter movie starring Julie Walters and Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover by J.K. Rowling with Harry on broom flying through archway


Book cover for A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams girl looking inside diner at her mother

8. A Chair for My Mother is such a touching story and has remained at the top of many book lists! The illustrations and story will leave a lasting impression on your heart!


Book cover for A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams girl looking inside diner at her mother


Angelina Ballerina book illustration showing Mrs. Mouseling grating cheese with daughter stirring batter

9. Mrs. Mouseling handles Angelina Ballerina's many adventures and dancing challenges in stride and with the utmost in patience! Beautifully illustrated, the Angelina Ballerina books have fun stories, absolutely fabulous illustrations and are a great addition to your bookshelf!



Book Angelina Ballering Center Stage by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig shows mouse Angelina in ballet tutu dancing in her bedroom



Line drawing illustration of Nancy Drew and Hannah Gruen holding a pigeon and reading a small note standing outside

10. Hannah Gruen has taken care of Nancy Drew since her mother passed away.

The Drews' housekeeper has not only kept the home fires under control, but has given Nancy endless love and support throughout the famous sleuth's life and numerous adventures!


Nancy Drew Mystery Stories The Clue of the Broken Locket


Blueberries for Sal illustration shows Sal in kitchen with mom putting blueberry jam together

11. Blueberries for Sal is another title by Robert McCloskey that delights its readers with the simplicity of the time period and humor of picking berries with a mama bear and baby bear that are big fans of the juicy fruit as well!


Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey book cover little girl Sal in berry bushes holding a berry


Mrs. Bennett standing next to a daughter from Pride Prejudice

12. Mrs. Bennett had five daughters in a time when it was the responsibility of mothers to take care of the house, complete chores and keep track of their daughter's possible future husbands! Talk about a long to-do list!


Mrs. Bennett manages pretty well however, and maintains a lighthearted outlook on life as well as a sharp eye on the neighbors!


Mrs. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice book cover by Jane Austen


Mary Brown from Paddington

13. Mary Brown is a mom that didn't even think twice about opening up her home to someone in need- even if he was a marmalade-eating bear!


The Paddington Books are just delightful and the movies were fantastic too!

Super fun and lots of smiles and laughter await with both options!

Scene from Paddington book with the Brown family and Paddington

Paddington bear causing a kitchen disaster as Mr. and Mrs. Brown look on from Paddington stories



Mama Bear sits and reads her book in The Three Bears by Paul Galdone

14. Mama Bear is pretty calm for having to deal with missing breakfast, broken furniture and a neighbor's kid sleeping in the house! Kudos to Mama from The Three Bears for keeping it together during stressful times!


The Three Bears book by Paul Galdone


mother from Franny B. Kranny There's a Bird in Your Hair!

15. Franny B. Kranny's mom just cracked us up! We love how eventually she and the family just accepted the whole bird-in-the-hair thing and went on with the day!

Priorities people!!

Mother from Franny B. Kranny There's A Bird in Your Hair with daughters

Book cover Franny B. Kranny There's a Bird in Your Hair! shows little girl with striped pajamas and bird sitting in her bun!


Esme and Carlisle from Twilight movie at Bella and Edward's wedding

16. Well, just because you're a vampire, doesn't mean you can't be a great mom! After all, Twilight's Esme (and husband, Carlisle) adopted five teenagers that were vampires! Not too many couples can say they've done that!

Twilight book series four book covers with apple, ribbon, flower and chess piece


line drawing of mother from Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series

17. Look at that confident mom above from Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books!

The author of the Wimpy Kid book series wasn't an overnight hit like many of us think. He originally wanted to be a cartoonist for a newspaper and had a lot of years, prep, dreams and work before the Wimpy Kid book series became the sensation it is!

We love inspirational stories!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney book cover with kid under rubble



18. Kanga from the Winnie the Pooh books is a sweet mom not only to her own little Roo, but looks out for Pooh too!!





20. Between running a farm and caring for Dorothy, Auntie Em is both a beloved aunt and a woman who is skilled at a multitude of things!


Whether it's checking on the chickens or keeping tabs on Dorothy, Auntie Em does it all!




20. Splat the Cat's mom is always nearby if needed by her three kitty children, and is always kind and cheery!






21. Grandma is a fun, understanding grandmother bunny to Max and Ruby!

She takes them on trips, tells great stories, and always knows just what to do!


Both bunny siblings Max and Ruby each wanted to make her a cake on her birthday to let her know how special she is!



22.

Frances's mother is a big part of her many escapades and adventures!


From helping organize the perfect outing to tempting Frances out of eating bread and jam every single day, her mother always seems have a good plan in mind!



23. Olivia's mom is one of the most patient mothers out there! Whether she's reading a bedtime story or listening to her daughter's dreams and ambitions, Olivia's mom keeps calm!



24. If it wasn't for Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother, we wouldn't have the fairy tale!

With a love for cookies and a cottage in the woods, Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother's house seems like the perfect getaway - without the wolf, of course!





25. Lisa's mom takes her to the very store where Corduroy lives, and thanks to Lisa, Corduroy finds a happy home and friend!


Fun Fact: Don Freeman wrote the beloved book after losing his trumpet on a subway ride! He decided that a future in music wasn't to be and became an author and illustrator instead!





26. The Poky Little Puppy's mama is in charge of keeping all of her adorable and playful little pups in line! From digging under fences to sneaking dessert, looking after puppies is no easy job, but their mother is on top of it!





The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter illustration of Mother bunny button Peter Rabbit's jacket with sisters behind him

27. Peter Rabbit's mother gives a sensible warning before her little bunnies went out and about, and if only Peter had listened to his mama, he would've had an easier day for sure!


The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter book cover shows bunny in blue coat



28. Mama Bear has been on many an adventure with her iconic bear family, and is definitely an impressive Mama!

She's calm, organized and efficient through the highs and lows of the Bear family's day to day dramas and trips!

Always ready with a tip or suggestion, both Papa and the cubs know they can rely on her sound advice!

Even when someone's in a sticky spot, Mama is there to get them back on track! Whether heading off on a remote vacation, or helping get the rest of the family to help with chores, Mama Bear does it all, and never loses her hat!


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Well, there you have it! Just a few of the amazing moms and motherly figures in books! Did you guess them all?

Have a favorite mother or motherly influence from a book you love? Let us know in the comments below!!


Thanks for reading and Happy Mother's Day!!

April & Cenzia


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