There have been many children’s books released to celebrate Mother’s Day. Below is a small selection of some of them…
I Just Couldn’t Wait To Meet You – Kate Ritchie (Illustrated by Hannah Sommerville)
Kate Ritchie, an actress best known for her role on Australian television show Home & Away, has recently released this picture story book which will delight new or expectant mothers. It tells the story of a pregnant woman who is about to give birth to her first child. She doesn’t know the sex of her baby, and so she is full of possibilities about what the child will look like, what it will enjoy doing and what kind of person he or she will grow up to be. The pastel-toned illustrations perfectly compliment this sweet rhyming-text tale about how the mum-to-be just can’t wait to meet her new child.
Rating: 3.5/5 Published: March 2016
Love You, Mum – Illustrated by Karen Hull
Distinctly Australian in design, this little book features a collection of Australian animals and their babies as they go about their day. Each double-page spread features a different creature, telling its mother that it loves doing a particular activity with her. For example, the baby kookaburra enjoys telling jokes and laughing with its mother, while the baby dingo and its mother enjoy ‘singing’ together. The wombats enjoy quiet naps while the koalas enjoy piggyback rides. Each animal is associated with a characteristic that is familiar to it, and younger children will be able to learn these associations while enjoying the sweet story and the detailed illustrations.
Rating: 3/5 Published: April 2014
Supermum – Leah Russack (Illustrated by Anil Tortop)
Everyone loves a superhero- they can do extraordinary things, and usually have enhanced abilities that make them more powerful than your average person. Even when the superpowers seem quite normal, enough of them in the one person can create an all-powerful being. This is the case in this picture story book. A seemingly ordinary mother has so many abilities, that she is able to turn herself into Supermum (at least through the eyes of her daughter). She has x-ray vision, super hearing, special healing powers, an in-built lie detector and amazing reflexes, just to name a few of her superhero traits. But most importantly, she is full of love and super hugs, which make her the best superhero of all. This is a great book for kids who enjoy superhero franchises and can recognise their mum as someone worthy of the title. The illustrations are bright, fun and a little quirky, and should please most young children.
Rating: 3/5 Published: April 2016
Mummy, You’re Special To Me – Laine Mitchell (Illustrated by Kim Fleming)
Mummy is very special to Little Giraffe, especially when she does so many things to make every day fun and exciting. Not only does she play games, make sandcastles, and teach her child important things, but she is also brave, funny and adventurous. In this board book, the story begins and ends with Little Giraffe and Mummy, but each of the pages in between feature animals and their mothers from all over the world. On each page spread, Little Giraffe appears somewhere in the picture, and children will enjoy trying to locate their long-legged friend. This little book is very cute- young children will appreciate the illustrations; slightly older children will enjoy trying to find Little Giraffe on each page, while mothers will enjoy the sentiment.
Rating: 3.5/5 Published: April 2014
You Have My Heart – Corinne Fenton (Illustrated by Robin Cowcher)
This is a sweet little book that highlights the importance of love. Whether the day is bright and cheerful, moody and sullen, or somewhere in between, this book illustrates that as long as you have given your heart to someone, everything will be okay. This book could be attributed to anybody special, but the fact that it has been released so close to Mother’s Day is no coincidence. The love shown makes the little girl stronger and better able to handle any problems that she faces. The simple line drawings and limited colour palette also make this book stand out from other books aimed at mothers and children as they celebrate Mother’s Day.