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Happy Mother's Day! How Many Do You Know? Guess the 25+ Famous Moms from Favorite Books!

There are so many mothers and mother figures that play a major or supportive role in 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

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Mother's Day photo with card mother and daughter

We've set this post up so you can play a 'Guess Who' game!

How To Play 'Guess the Storybook Mom!'

1. Scroll slowly to see the first picture from the book featuring the mother.

2. Then, scroll to the next picture showing the mom and the book to see if you guessed it right!

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

We've included moms from picture books to chapter books and classic literature! We love the illustrations from all of these stories!

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 Storybook Mom'!!

1. Here's the first mother...

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey picture book for boys and girlscover with mother duck and ducklings

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

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey picture book for boys and girls


picture book for boys and girls Sylvester'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 goes missing and rejoice at the happy ending!

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!

picture book for boys and girls Illustration from Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - Donkey parents and Sylvester in the living room

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig shpicture book for boys and girlss farm animals talking outside their houses


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


Skippy Jon Jones illustration shows Mama JuneBug  picture book for boys and girlsJones standing at kitchen table looking down at her Siamese cat son

by Judy Schachner

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

The Skippyjon Jones books are super fun that are great for reading aloud!

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


Marmee from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott reading a letter

5. Marmee from Little Women

Marmee faces every day with a choice to make. She chooses to make each day 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



Llama llama Red Pajama book illustration of mother picture book for boys and girlstucking in her llama

by Anna Dewdney

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 picture book for boys and girls


Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter movie starring Julie Walters

7. Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter!

Mrs. Weasley has her own brood of red-haired kids but she wholeheartedly welcomes Harry into the folds of the Weasley family!

Mrs. Weasley is 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. The Mom from A Chair for My Mother

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams 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 from the Angelina Ballerina books

Mrs. Mouseling handles Angelina's many adventures and dancing challenges in stride and with the utmost in patience!

Beautifully illustrated by Helen Craig, 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 from the Nancy Drew Book Series

Hannah Gruen has taken care of Nancy Drew since her mother passed away when she was very young..

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. Sal's Mom from Blueberries for Sal

by Robert McCloskey

Blueberries for Sal is a well-loved title by Robert McCloskey that delights its readers with the simplicity of the time period and the fun twist bears and berry picking makes for a delightful storyline!

Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey picture book for boys and girls



Mrs. Bennett standing next to a daughter from Pride Prejudice

12. Mrs. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

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 - Paddington

by Michael Bond

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 picture book for boys and girlsand 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 from The Three Bears

by Paul Gadone

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 picture book for boys and girls



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

15. The mom from Franny B. Kranny

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. Esme, Twilight

by Stephenie Meyer

Well, just because you're a vampire, it 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. Mom - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kinney

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!



Bread and Jam for Frances with family eating dinner children's book

22. Frances's mom from Bread and Jam for Frances

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!

Bread and Jam for Frances children's book cover



Olivia by Ian Falconer and her mother pig

23. Olivia's Mom

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!

The Olivia Books by Ian Falconer are a big hit with kids and moms will enjoy them just as much!

Olivia the Fairy Princess by Ian Falconer
Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother

24. Red Riding Hoods' Grandmother

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!

There's a wolf at the Door children's book Little Red Riding Hood



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 from The Berenstain Bears

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 Mama Bear's 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 getting the rest of the family to help with chores, Mama Bear does it all, and never loses her hat!

Check out more of The Berentstain Bears stories here!


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Guess the 25+ Famous Moms from books

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

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(Updated May 1, 2023 - Originally published May 8, 2020)

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