Book Covers for The Three Mothers, Motherhood, and My Day with the Panye

Celebrate the women who have shaped you and lifted you up this Mother's Day with our staff book picks. We have books for all ages from children to YA to adults, from novels to memoirs to advice to picture books. 

Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick  (YA) 

Enjoy this seventh volume in the series following a book club, as the five girls in the club spend their last summer together before college.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (YA) 

Francesca struggles to adjust to boarding school while her mother copes with depression. 

Me and Mama by Cozbi A Cabrera (children) 

A mother and daughter bond on a rainy day. 

My Day with the Panye by Tami Charles (children) 

A young Haitian girl learns to carry a woven basket, a tradition she is inheriting from her mother. 


Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin (children) 

Two mommies have an adventurous day with their toddler. 


Your Mama by NoNieqa Ramos (children)

This playful twist on the ‘yo mama’ joke is a celebration of mothers. 


Motherhood by Sheila Heti (adult) 

A powerful novel about whether to become a mother and how to live. 


The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd (adult) 

A collection offering solidarity with all of the experiences of motherhood. 

Sanctuary: A Memoir by Emily Rapp Black (adult) 

A lyrical account of grappling with the death of your first child. 


Modern Mom Probs by Tara Clark (adult) 

A survival guide for twenty-first century mothers. 

The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs (adult) 

A groundbreaking biography of the mothers of three American giants.