Books about mothers and children

Some of my favorite stories are about mothers, family and children, especially the ones that span generations. Here’s a list of some of the fiction books about mothers I recommend, or want to read:


The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Want to read

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Sentimental Favorites

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Tommy’s Mommy’s Fish by Nancy Dingman Watson

This post is in memory of my mother, who passed away on October 20.

36 thoughts on “Books about mothers and children

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your mother, Barbara. You were a wonderful daughter to both of your parents. You weren’t kidding in your email when you said you’d be back soon. 🙂 I missed you! ❤

  2. Aw, Barbara, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I hope you’re doing okay. Love the list you compiled here. Thank you for sharing and take care, friend. ♥️ Hugs xoxo

  3. My sincere condolences to you and your family. The loss of a mother, which I experienced in 2015, is a very special loss, in my case abrupt, unexpected even at age 96.

    Among the books you recommend, I have read Rebecca West and Amy Tan (2 of her books). The others can be part of my to-read list. This a a beautiful tribute to your mother, who was obviously an avid reader.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss, Barbara. This is a lovely post. No matter how “grown-up” we may be, the loss of a parent is always deep and powerful. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  5. I’m so very sorry for your loss! There are few things harder than losing a mother. This post is a lovely way to honor her memory and the timelessness of family…..

  6. Hi. Barbara, I appreciate book recommendations. “Refugee” is now on my list. I am very, very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Very poignant book selections, especially the sentimental favourites.

  7. This is such a lovely post and tribute to your mum. I’m sorry again for your loss. I avoided books about mothers and daughters for quite a while after my mum died but then I came back to them with greater enjoyment as they reminded me of all the happy times. If you ever feel you need a non-fiction book about loss of a mother I highly recommend Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman, I found the book such a help when I lost my mum. Sending hugs x

  8. Reblogged this on Book Club Mom and commented:

    Hi and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I was going to do a special post featuring books about motherhood, but I’m just going to reblog this October 2019 post instead.

  9. Lovely post, and such a nice tribute to your mother! It’s nice to see it featured for Mother’s Day!

    1. Hi Robbie. Thank you. It was. It was also my birthday the next day and it was a big one, so I was feeling a little down. But it’s all good now. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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