Word to Your Mother
To celebrate Mother’s Day, Read it Forward asked 14 authors to write about the intersection of motherhood and books. Some wrote about sharing books with their mothers in adulthood, others penned remembrances of reading to their own children when they were young, and others still reflected on the love of reading that grew out of their own mothers reading to them. No matter how each writer interpreted the prompt, it’s clear that, for book lovers, moms and reading are often inextricably linked.
Click below to read these authors’ personal essays in a collection we’ve titled Word to Your Mother. Send one to a book-loving mom to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day!
Jenna Blum, author of the forthcoming novel The Lost Family, ruminates on discussing and critiquing novels with her mother—including her own.
Bad author Chloe Esposito loves reading to her daughter (if she loves the book she chooses).
Margot Singer, author of Underground Fugue, reveals how her mother curated her closet and her bookshelf with impeccable taste.
Audiobooks in Mom’s car: The Glitch author Elisabeth Cohen remembers the soundtrack of her childhood.
Christina Henry, author of The Mermaid and other fairy tale retellings, makes a plea for finding more real and messy mothers in fairy tales and fantasy novels.
Through happy and harrowing times, Karen Rose, author of Edge of Darkness, recalls reading with her daughters.
Deena Kastor, Olympic medalist and author of the health memoir, Let Your Mind Run, reflects on how reading with your kids can shift perspectives.
Lori Roy, author of The Disappearing, recalls her writing career growing up alongside her children, and her family’s resounding love for the Great Illustrated Classics series.
For poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, author of How to Love the Empty Air, exchanging books with her mother was their secret handshake—even after her mother unexpectedly passed away.
The Intermission author Elyssa Friedland is part of a very special two-member book club. The conversations might get heated, but the different perspective is always worth it.
Meaghan O’Connell, the author of And Now We Have Everything: Motherhood Before I Was Ready, talks dark mom books, stepping out on a limb, and conversation between women.
Featured images: Matt McCarty