Be a Blessing
This journal, from women’s fiction powerhouse Debbie Macomber, is a thoughtfully designed and beautifully crafted keepsake that will help you become your best self. The book will fuel mom’s creative side while inspiring her through quotes, illustrations, encouragement, and step-by-step guides to a more fulfilling life.
Born a Crime
Trevor Noah, puts his mother front and center in this memoir of his journey from South Africa to the host of The Daily Show. He was literally born a crime, to a white father and a black mother, hidden from the apartheid government. Noah credits his mother with lifting him out of a cycle of poverty and abuse that could have consumed him.
Kristin L. Hoganson
If your mother enjoys histories, this book, which centers on the author’s life in Champaign, Illinois, tells the story of the heartland of America–but it’s not the one you expect. Hoganson finds that the heartland, as we know it, is a myth, and it’s overriding the beautiful complexity that makes up this vital region of the country.
Emily Oster’s Expecting Better is the go-to book that confronts pregnancy myths for any mom-to-be, and now she follows it up with an excellent book tackling parenthood. In Cribsheet, Oster applies her economics background to help parents make the big decisions and figure out what matters, making it a must-read for any new parent.
Celebrated author Anna Quindlen turns her pen to the joys of being a grandmother in this insightful and stunning memoir. It’s a must-read for any new grandparent, but her deep emotion will also strike a chord for those who have multiple grandchildren.
The Gift of a Happy Mother
At some point, every mom tries as hard as she can to be perfect and fails. This book is for picking yourself back up; it’s a guide for moms to emphasize their own personal happiness, rather than perfection. It’s easy to let fear and worry control you as a mother, but this is a wonderful alternative.
Love and Lemons Every Day
One way some mothers express love is through cooking, but finding delicious and heathy meals regularly can be difficult. That’s where this cookbook comes in; Love and Lemons Every Day contains over 100 vegetable-packed vegetarian meals, so mom knows she is promoting healthy eating.
How To Raise A Boy
Michael C. Reichert
The the era of toxic masculinity and mass shootings, it can be difficult to know how to raise an emotionally healthy boy. Michael C. Reichert provides a roadmap for how to go about it by encouraging talking to boys about their feelings and acknowledging their emotional pain and distress.
If the mom on your gift list values her personal relationship with Jesus, then Truth Unchanging is a must-read. It contains a series of daily devotions that can be completed in five minutes or less, acknowledging the busy, always-on-the-go life of many mothers.
Panic and Joy
More and more women are choosing to become single mothers, and Emma Brockes’s memoir is a perfect chronicle of that journey. At 37, she decided that her only option was a fertility treatment and embracing single parenting. As more and more people are pursuing that route, this exploration of this choice is more important than ever.
Megan K. Stack
When Megan K. Stack was living in Beijing with her husband and young child, she hired a Chinese housekeeper to help with household chores while she wrote a book. Grappling with the ethics of this decision took Stack to her employees’ homes to learn more about what they face as working mothers, turning an eye to stories that aren’t often told.
Many mothers of young children know the importance of walking in order to get through the day. From calming down a crying baby to getting some exercise, walking can be crucial to moms. This book is an investigation into that very act, asking why we walk and where it can take us.
Dustin Lance Black
This memoir focuses on the relationship between a devout Mormon mother and her gay son, who wrote of the Oscar-winning screenplay for Milk. Black’s mother told him he was sinning when he came out to her, but over the course of this memoir, they heal the rifts in their relationship.
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This powerful manifesto, written by superstar author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, comes in the form of a letter to a friend advising her on how to raise her daughter as a feminist. It is comprised of fifteen suggestions, each of which is a thought-provoking commentary on what it means to be a woman today.
Black Is the Body
This collection of essays focuses on race relations in America. The author, who is black, grew up in the South, but has struggled with the violence that often characterizes race relations in this country. These interconnected essays explore that very personal sense of identity, and what it might mean.
Mother’s Day is almost upon us, and it’s the perfect opportunity to show the moms in your life a little love. Whether it’s your own mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, friend, or even a daughter or granddaughter, it’s important to honor these women for unending devotion to (and often thankless job of) raising families.
Books make the perfect gifts for mothers, whether they’re new moms or grandparents, whether they are in traditional families or single parents. You can find a book for every mom in your life on this comprehensive list; what these titles all have in common is that they celebrate all the different kinds of mothers and motherhood out there.
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