jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Sunday 27th MARCH 2022




Mummy’s Special Day by Author: Frances Stickley Illustrator: Carolina Rabei Publisher: Andersen Press

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Andersen Press

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1839131349

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1839131349

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 – 5 years

Mummy is brilliant in every way: she reads books at bedtime, makes picnics, creates beards out of bubbles in the bath and is always kind. So when Mother’s Day comes around, her two children decide to create a very special day, just for Mummy. First, they plan to wake Mummy up with a very special breakfast, followed by a wonderful new dress to put on and lunch at a very exclusive café. Sadly, though, the day doesn’t quite go to plan, and the children end up in a bit of a mess.

Fortunately, Mummy is used to a bit of mess – and, in fact, she wouldn’t have it any other way. But maybe tomorrow the children can create a special day just for Grandma…

Stickley and Rabei’s sweet story about a Mother’s Day that doesn’t go quite according to plan is a riot of colourful detail, delighting in the chaos the children make, all because they love Mummy so much. Families reading along will very likely sympathise with the mess – and also with the hugs at the end, if not with the saintly patience of Mummy who doesn’t even mind being chased by bees. A delightful book for mums and little ones to read together.


The Best Mum – Author: Penny Harrison Illustrator: Sharon Davey Publisher: New Frontier Publishing

Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Frontier Publishing

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1913639622

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1913639624

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 – 5 years

A little girl compares her mum to the other mums she knows: why isn’t her mum as good at making dress up costumes as Katie’s mums? Why isn’t she as good at rollerskating as Scout’s mum? And when Mum starts singing opera on the bus, it’s SO EMBARRASSING! Yet, despite Mum’s dubious cooking skills and tenuous grip on timekeeping, she’s still by far the best mum in the world and gives the best cuddles.

Funny and silly with lots of brilliant detail in the illustrations by Sharon Davey, this is a celebration of all different kinds of mums – many of whom may seem perfect from the outside, but are probably just as normal as everyone else – and a reminder that mums are brilliant because they love us and show up for the important things.


My Mum Always Looks After Me So Much! – Author: Sean Taylor & David Barrow

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lincoln Children’s Books

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1786031817

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1786031815

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 – 5 years

Little gorilla has to go to the doctor’s to get an injection, but he doesn’t mind too much because the doctor is nice. Getting an injection is all part of Mum looking after little gorilla, although sometimes he thinks perhaps she looks after him too much – like when she tells him he has to eat broccoli, or when she makes him wear an extra jumper when he gets a cold.

When little gorilla and his mum get to the doctor, not only is the injection really not that painful at all, but the nice doctor gives him a stick thing that smells of strawberries! It’s the best thing ever.

Yet when little gorilla loses his strawberry stick, Mum is on the case to solve the problem…



Superhero Mum – Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Joe Berger Publisher: Nosy Crow

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Nosy Crow Ltd

Board book ‏ : ‎ 28 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1788004272

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1788004275

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 – 5 years

Mums are heroes, and no one is more heroic for the little girl featured in this retro Pop Art-styled picture book than her playground-chasing, cake-making, teddy-finding, bubble-bearded Supermum.

Mum does everything, from mending to washing to kisses for a scraped knee – but perhaps the best thing she does is tell her little girl what a superhero she is, too.

Joe Berger’s bright, stylish illustrations are full of pizzazz and there’s a great upbeat message here about strong female role models and everything mums do to make their children happy.

A great addition to the sometimes more pastel-toned books out there.



My Mum – Author: Anthony Browne

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Doubleday Childrens

Board book ‏ : ‎ 24 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780385613675

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0385613675

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 – 5 years

All small children love their mums and in this colourful and entertaining picture book, Anthony Browne explains exactly why. Mums are really strong (from carrying all that shopping), have limitless potential (to be film stars, astronauts etc), can work amazing magic (making you happy when you’re sad), not to mention the fact that they’re fantastic jugglers and fabulous cooks. But most importantly, Mums are really nice, they make you laugh and they love you. Stunningly illustrated in typical Anthony Browne style, this is a book to be shared and returned to again and again by boys, girls, Dads and, of course, Mums!


I Love You Dino-Mummy   –  Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sam Lloyd

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781408893432

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1408893432

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 – 5 years

Perfect as a Mother’s Day present, and for any other day you want to pamper that special person, Dino-Mummy celebrates the multi-tasking super-dino who not only looks after two lively dino-babies and keeps their home in order, but also provides consistently delicious food and fun playtime, not to mention hugs and cuddles when things go wrong. In addition, if you let Dino-Mummy loose with the dressing-up box, she becomes an impressive pirate and at bath time, no one pops more bubbles than Dino-Mummy!

As she tucks them into bed, the dino-babies tell her how much they love their Dino-Mummy. Bright, bubbly illustrations complement this warm, charming story of a cheerful, loving, totally awesome Dino-Mummy.



Piggybook  – Author: Anthony Browne 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Walker Books

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781406313284

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1406313284

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 – 7 years

Mrs Piggott does everything for her important husband and important sons. She cooks and cleans and has a job as well. She is completely taken for granted.

One day, the Piggott men come home to an empty house. Mrs Piggott has had enough. As they struggle to cope, their home turns into a piggery.

Mrs Piggott returns, but with conditions. The boys make their beds. Dad learns to iron. They cook together. Mum also does her chores – she mends the car.

Comic illustrations show that as life deteriorates, pigs invade the Piggotts’ lives. They are everywhere from the wallpaper to the telephone to the pepperpot.

Humour permeates this gentle exploration of gender stereotypes which will entertain families and mums in particular.


I Love My Mummy – Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Emma Dodd

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orchard Books

Board book ‏ : ‎ 24 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1408356619

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1408356616

Reading age ‏ : ‎ Baby – 5 years

What is it about Mummies that makes them so lovable and so very special?

Could it be that they are good at wiping grubby noses and singing favourite songs or that they give expert cuddles?

Whatever the reasons, this cheery picture book explores the relationship between a mother and her toddler through a simple rhyming text about everyday experiences with which small children will be very familiar.

Bold, simple, large format illustrations add an extra dimension and are sure to appeal to the under fives.


My Mum is Fantastic by Nick Butterworth

My Mum is Fantastic for mother’s day books

My Mum is Fantastic is a celebration of an amazing mum – and mums everywhere!

The mum in this book is truly fantastic. She’s a brilliant artist, she can balance on a tightrope, she can swim like a fish, do amazing stunts on a bike and she can tame wild animals… in fact, there’s very little this astounding mum can’t do.

The book ends: “It’s great to have a mum like mine. It’s fantastic!” And no one can argue with that!


Mother’s Day by Shirley Hughes

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Walker Books

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781406381719

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1406381719

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 5 years

In this stunning gift edition of Mother’s Day, a classic story by Kate Greenaway-winning author Shirley Hughes, Katy and her little brother Olly tell us about their day with Mum.

From the fun of waking up in the morning, getting the bus into town with Mum or even stories all together at bedtime, this joyous tale gives readers a snapshot into a child’s day and celebrates the special bond between a mother and child.


I Love Mum with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0141363908

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0141363905

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 5 years

I Love Mum is a beautiful little gift book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the perfect way to say ‘I love you, Mum!’

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell your mum how much you care. This delightful little book features Eric Carle’s bright and distinctive artwork of animal mums and babies – from giraffes and crocodiles to bears and penguins – with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one.


My Mum is Magnificent by Roald Dahl

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin

Board book ‏ : ‎ 16 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 024148149X

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241481493

Reading age ‏ : ‎ Baby – 5 years

My Mum is Magnificent is a read-aloud, read-again rhyming board book that celebrates the brilliance of Mums everywhere – ideal for parents and chiddlers to read and share together. The perfect gift for your magnificent mum this Mother’s Day!


My Mummy by Adam Hargreaves and Roger Hargreaves

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Egmont; UK ed. edition

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1405285508

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1405285506

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 5 years

Mr Men My Mummy for mother’s day books

This very special Little Miss book, My Mummy, is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. The Little Miss will help you show your mummy just how special she is to you.

From making you smile, even when things are going wrong, to knowing just when hugs are needed, mummies are Splendid, Fun, Magic, Sunshine – lots of the Little Miss rolled into one!

Children can also add their own words to the story to make it a really personal gift.


Spot Loves His Mum by Eric Hill

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Warne

Board book ‏ : ‎ 14 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241303796

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241303795

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 – 5 years

Spot Loves his Mum for mothers day books

Spot loves spending time with his mum. They do lots of fun things together. Sometimes, he helps her with the groceries and sometimes they play hide-and-seek in the garden.

Join the much-loved Spot in Spot Loves His Mum as he learns what it means to spend time with his mum.


The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Grosset & Dunlap Inc.,U.S.; Illustrated edition

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0448452138

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0448452135

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 5 years


In The Night Before Mother’s Day, Dad and the kids are determined to show Mom just how much they love her. They whip up a cake from scratch, and offer a special coupon for a day at the spa, right in their own kitchen!

Kids and moms will love reading this sweet story aloud together for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day.


Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Firefly Books Ltd

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0920668372

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0920668375

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 6 years


In this beautiful classic, a new mom cradles her baby and sings to him a special lullaby.

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”

As he grows older and older, she continues to sneak into his room, and “if he’s really asleep, she rocks him back and forth, back and forth, and as she rocks him, she sings…”

The words and pictures are touching and sweet. Get out the tissues for this one, too. Both of my daughters love it. The lullaby in it is part of our lullaby repertoire now. I just made up the tune.


TOP 14 & 16 OF THE DAY


  1. “My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.” – Buddy Hackett
  2. “When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” – Erma Bombeck
  3. “If evolution really works, how come mothers have only two hands?” – . Milton Berle
  4. “I know how to do anything—I’m a mom.” – Roseanne Barr
  5. “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” – Ambrose Bierce
  6. “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” – Chinese Proverb
  7. “A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car for ever after.” – Peter De Vries
  8. “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” – Calvin Trillin
  9. “When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” – Erma Bombeck
  10. “It’s not easy being a mom. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” ― Betty White.
  11. “I can’t believe how much like my mother I turned out. I feel sorry for my kids.” ― Melanie White
  12. “How do I explain [my mom]? She is as respected as Mother Theresa, as powerful as Stalin, and as beautiful as Margaret Thatcher.” ― Leslie Knope, “Parks and Recreation”
  13. “When your mom’s voice is so loud, even your neighbours brush their teeth and get dressed.”



Aren’t kids great? They say what’s on their minds and what makes perfect sense to them. And we adults get to enjoy it. Here are the answers some elementary school children gave to these questions about their mothers.



  1. Why did God make mothers?

Think about it, it was the best way to get more people.

To help us come out when we were getting born.

Mainly to clean the house.

She’s the only one who knows where to find the scotch tape.

  1. Why did God give you your mother and not somebody else’s mum?

God knew she likes me a lot more than other kid’s mums like me.

  1. What kind of little girl was your mother?

I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be she was pretty bossy.

They say she used to be nice.

  1. What ingredients does God use to make mothers?

They get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

God makes mothers out of angel hair and clouds everything nice in the world, and one dab of mean.

  1. How did your mother meet your dad?

Mummy was working in a store and daddy was shoplifting.

  1. What did your mother need to know about your father before she married him?

His last name.

She had to know his background. Like does he get drunk on beer? Is he a crook? Does he make at least £900 a year? Did he say “No” to drugs and “Yes” to chores?

  1. Why did your mother marry your father?

She got too old to do anything else with him.

My grandma says that mummy didn’t have her thinking cap on.

My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mummy eats a lot.

  1. Who’s the boss around your house?

My mum doesn’t want to be the boss, but she has to because my dad’s such a goofball.

Mum. You can tell by how she does room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.

I guess my mum is, but only because she has a lot more to do than my dad.

  1. What makes a real woman?

A real woman is that you have to be really bossy without looking bossy.

  1. What does your mother do in her spare time?

To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

Mothers don’t do spare time.

  1. What’s the difference between dads and mums?

Dads are stronger and taller, but mums have the real power cause that’s who you gotta ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.

Mums know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.

Mums work at work and work at home, and dads just have to work at work.

  1. What’s the difference between mothers and grandmas?

You can always count on grandmothers for candy. Sometimes moms don’t even have bread on them!

About 30 years.

  1. Describe the world’s greatest mother?

She would make broccoli taste like ice cream!

The greatest mother in the world wouldn’t make me kiss my fat aunts!

She’d always be smiling and keep her opinions to herself.

  1. Is there anything about your mother that’s perfect?

Her casserole recipes. But we hate them.

Her teeth are perfect, but she bought them from the dentist.

Just her children.

  1. What would it take to make your mother perfect?

You know, her hair. I’d dye it, maybe blue.

On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.

A diet.

  1. If you could change one thing about your mother, what would it be?

I’d make my mother smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.

She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



  1. “There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” —Elder M. Russell Ballard.
  2. “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” —Susan Gale
  3. “My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her. ” —Jodi Picoult


Happiness is…Mothering Sunday.


  1. Q: What did mommy spider say to baby spider? A: You spend too much time on the web.
  2. Q: What do you call a small mom? A: A minimum.



At 3 years “Mummy I love you.

At 10 years “Mum whatever”

At 16 years “Mum your so annoying.”

At 18 years “I’m leaving this house”.

At 25 years “Mum you were right”.

At 50 years ” I don’t want to lose my Mum.

At 70 years ” I would give up everything to have my mum here with me”.



Love is…the joy of a good mother.


A time to be Mothered…A time to be a Mother.




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