Discover the best Mother’s Day books to share with the family to encourage a life of reading

Mother's Day books
This Mother’s Day spend some quality time reading together with these recommended Mother's Day books from our friends at Penguin.

It goes without saying that family time is a key part of Mother’s Day celebrations, so why not use the holiday to encourage a healthy habit? Enter: reading, a brilliant way to pass the time that not only allows the family to bond but also benefits everyone – now and in the future. 

Why to read with your kids

Aside from using books as a way to celebrate Mother’s Day, there are so many wonderful reasons to read with kids. It is a great way to sneak in some quality time and can also help your child to develop life skills.  

Research suggests that reading to four-to-five-year-old children every day can positively impact more than just their reading skills. Daily reading also has a positive impact on cognitive skills including language, literacy, numeracy and cognition later in life.  

Beyond cognition, the Child Mind Institute suggests that being read aloud to from a young age also benefits kids in several ways. 

  • Developing empathy: as kids read stories in books, they learn to appreciate lifestyles and perspectives that may differ from their own 
  • Bonding: reading is the perfect excuse to slow down and spend time together 
  • Education: books teach children about the world 


How childhood reading builds lifelong habits

By using holidays like Mother’s Day as an excuse to read together, you can help your little one create a reading habit early on. While you might think that your kid is too young to pick up on lifelong habits, studies suggest that children’s habit-formation can begin as young as one-and-a-half years old. By incorporating reading into a child’s life early on, you give them a head start on forming a reading habit that can carry them through adolescence and into adulthood.  

For Australian adults, a lack of time is the biggest barrier to reading, but by learning the value of books early, kids might be more likely to make time for reading as they grow up.  

Mother’s Day books to ignite the spark

Using a holiday like Mother’s Day is the perfect way to warm kids up to the idea of reading. Take advantage of the family togetherness by suggesting everyone read a book together.  

Choosing a book related to Mother’s Day is a great way to keep spirits high, enjoy the special day dedicated to Mum, and set the foundations for future reading sessions.  

Recommended Mother’s Day books:

Mother's Day books

Peppa Pig: My Mummy is Amazing 

Join Peppa and her friends as they celebrate their amazing mummies!  

Mother's Day books

I Love Grandma with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

Celebrate grandmas and nannies everywhere with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this beautiful little hardback gift book!  

Mother's Day books

I Love Mum with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle  

This gorgeous little gift book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect way to say ‘I love you, Mum!’ 

Mother's Day books

Spot Loves His Mum by Eric Hill 

Join Spot and Mum on their day together.  

Mother's Day books

Peter Rabbit I Love You Mummy by Beatrix Potter 

A Peter Rabbit book with a heart-warming rhyme that celebrates mummies everywhere.  

Mother's Day books

Peter Rabbit I Love You Grandma by Beatrix Potter 

A charming Peter Rabbit book to celebrate Grandmas.  

Mother's Day books

Bluey: What Would Bluey’s Mum Do? 

What would Bluey’s Mum do? Find out all the answers for real life with Chilli’s very own checklist. 

Mother's Day books

Bluey: Queens 

Bluey and Bingo are playing Queens but they both want to be the butler. Who will have to wear the crown? 

Mother's Day books

Bluey: Baby Race 

Meet baby Bluey as she learns to walk with her friends. Will Mum help her win the baby race? 

Mother's Day books

Bluey: My Mum is the Best 

Bluey and Bingo love their mum and she loves them! Discover all of Chilli’s special mum skills in this touching and humorous book. 

Mother's Day books

Bluey: Mum School 

Bluey wants to play Mum School instead of having her bath. But will the kids listen to her? 

Mother's Day books

Bluey: Grannies  

Join Bluey and Bingo as they try to answer the question: can grannies dance? 

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