Are you looking for a special gift for a bookish mom for Mother’s Day or another special day? This post contains the best Mother’s Day gift books, including fun books, non-fiction books, fiction books, photo books, book subscription gifts and more.
The mother in your life is bound to appreciate and love the Mother’s Day book gifts I personally recommend below.
Fun Books for Moms
Letters to My Mom
Letters to My Mom is a cute book that includes 12 foldable letter envelopes for sons and daughters to surprise their mother with a unique and creative gift. They can seal their letters with the included stickers and give them on Mother’s Day or another special day.
One Question a Day for Moms
One Question A Day for Moms is a five-year journal with daily prompts for moms, with both big and small topics, for them to pause and reflect on their motherhood journey. This is great for the thoughtful and/or creative mother, and it will be fun for her to look back upon in time to come.
Vouchers for Mom
Vouchers for Mom just may be the gift for which the mom in your life is most grateful. Twenty coupon vouchers in this book prompt mom to request things like “breakfast in bed” and “peace and quiet.”
What I Love About Mom
What I Love About Mom is a fun fill-in-the-blank journal gift for a unique, personalized gift. Just complete sentences like, “If you were a scent, you’d be …” and “I always want to hear what you’re going to say about …” You will be left with a memorable, heartwarming gift for mom.
Non-fiction Books about Motherhood
Slay Like a Mother by Katherine Wintsch
Slay Like a Mother is a popular book about “How to Destroy What’s Holding You Back So You Can Live the Life You Want.” It’s for moms struggling with overthinking, negativity and tiredness. Through helpful stories and camaraderie, mothers are encouraged to stop hiding behind a mask of pretending everything’s fine and start living the lives they are meant to live.
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
Tell Me More is a book of essays, many of which are about the everyday lives of mothers, told from the perspective of the author, and it is so magnetically relatable.
You will laugh, cry and raise your hand, exclaiming, “Me too!” as you read along with this “real life” book.
Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham
Amazon Editors’ Pick
What results are the relationships that grow from these struggles and the sacrifices mothers make for the well-being of their children. It’s an unconventional story about finding happiness as a mother when faced with large obstacles.
Fictional Books about Motherhood
(Note: In doing some research for this post, I came across SO. MANY. popular and amazing books about mothers. I only included my absolute favorites here in order to provide you with my personal best recommendations, but I feel like I would be remiss to not at least give them *this* subtle nod of appreciation.)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
#1 New York Times bestseller
Little Fires Everywhere, one of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks, is my top recommendation for a fictional book about motherhood. if you like complex characters, this book is full of a cast of women all experiencing motherhood in different ways and making different decisions for their children, as their lives interconnect in a suburban American neighborhood.
This is a powerful book about motherhood, but also class and race, that will give you so many thoughts and feelings about each character. (And the recent show on Hulu of the same name is AMAZING.)
Related post: Little Fires Everywhere Book Club Questions
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
- National Bestseller
- Entertainment Weekly’s “MUST List”
- O Magazine’s “15 Best Beach Books of the Year So Far”
- “Best Book of April” in Bustle, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, BookBub
- Woman’s Day’s “27 Fiction Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List ASAP”
- PopSugar’s “30 Must-Read Books of 2019”
The Mother-in-Law is a great book for the mother who loves complex thrillers. After the main character’s mother-in-law dies, the mystery of her death uncovers a deep history that is revealed as the book progresses.
What’s great about this thriller is that not everyone is evil or sinister, and the lesson to be learned is not a dark one — that even our matriarch’s have parts of their lives we don’t know about.
This one is hard to put down and is oh-so-satisfying. I gifted it to my own mother-in-law and she absolutely loved it!
Olive Kitteridge and Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
- WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
- NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post Book World, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Post Intelligencer, People, Science Monitor, The Plain Dealer, The Atlantic, Rocky Mountain News, Library Journal
- NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
- NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE, Time, Vogue, NPR, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, Esquire, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, The New York Public Library, The Guardian, Evening Standard, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, BookPage
Olive Kitteridge may be America’s favorite curmudgeon. This book and the sequel Olive, Again (one of Oprah’s Book Club picks and one of my favorite books of 2019) are for the mom who likes character-driven novels.
These books read like snippets of still life rich with words craving to be savored and analyzed. In grumpy everyday moments from a coastal Maine town, Olive teaches the reader about life, and particularly the many ways in which she didn’t know how to be a mother and sometimes got it right and oftentimes got it wrong.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Where’d You Go Bernadette is a great escape book for the creative mom in your life. Artistic Bernadette has lost her mojo after years of prioritizing motherhood over personal development, and it causes some slapstick humorous moments that cause the people in her life to think she is crazy.
So, she escapes to Antarctica and, in the process, finds personal meaning. Bernadette is one of my favorite literary characters, with quirky traits and a voice all her own, which will make you laugh out loud.
Big Little Lies by Liane Morarty
#1 New York Times bestselling novel
Big Little Lies is probably the most popular book about moms out there. For the record, I liked it much better than the tv show.
This book is a juicy one about mothers who wear facades and keep secrets — some very big and devastating — and the consequences they can have on an entire community. This is my favorite book by this particular popular author.
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
- An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller
- A Goodreads Choice Award finalist
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is great for the mother who wants a book that feels like a breath of fresh air.
An overworked and unappreciated single mother and Pennsylvania librarian, Amy Byler, goes on a journey of self-discovery in New York, complete with witty dialogue, heartwarming moments and a makeover a la The Devil Wears Prada.
This book is, quite simply, a delight, and it will make any mom smile.
Those are the best Mother’s Day book gifts for the special mom in your life who loves to read.
For a homemade gift she will cherish, get those photos off your phone and into her hands with a custom photo book. I have used Shutterfly for years to quickly, easily, and cheaply make high-quality family photo books commemorating years, vacations, and special events.
Tips: Keep it really simple and let the pictures speak for themselves. Much of the process is automated, and I can usually whip up a forever memory in a short time.
I definitely recommend Shutterfly for this purpose, and they usually have some really good sales going on.
Subscription Gift Ideas
Or, if you want to give the mother in your life the gift of choice, check out my best book subscription gift ideas.
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