Mothers tend to be among the busiest people on the planet. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to enjoy a good book! In fact, an inspiring or entertaining read may be just what a mom you know is needing right now. 

Whether you’re shopping for a Mother’s Day gift for your mom or just wanting to find a good book for a friend who happens to be a mom or who will soon be a mom, we hope this list will help you. 

15 Best Books for Moms 

In this list, we include a combination of memoirs, biographies, fiction, and self-help or nonfiction as well. This way, there will be something for any taste! 


These compelling stories capture the experiences of motherhood and offer anecdotes moms can relate to.

1. The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling 

No mother in her right mind would choose to take a toddler on a road trip! But in this novel, a mother plus toddler road trip makes a very engaging read. Maybe it’s not such a horrible idea after all? 

2. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott

This sequel to the beloved classic Little Women was once published as part of the book, but is now frequently sold as a separate installment. It follows the lives of the March girls as they grow into women. Meg gets married and experiences the challenges of running a household on a limited budget, something that many moms can likely relate to! 

3. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan 

This book by bestselling author Amy Tan follows 47-year-old Ruth Young, who starts to learn about her mother’s past life in China. Could the past have something to do with how superstitious her mother is today? 

4. Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers 

This two-book historical Christian family saga tells a moving story about dreams and faith, disappointment and heartache, all in the tapestry of a legacy of love that has been passed down over four generations. 

5. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Although a comic book may not be your first thought as a gift for a mom, the antics and witticisms of Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes can offer a break for all her cares and worries. After all, isn’t laughter the best medicine? Or, it may help her feel less alone if she seems to be raising a Calvin herself!

6. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

This modern classic follows several generations, while staying close to the theme of the sacrifices that people make for the sake of family. The book opens in Korea in 1900 and wraps up neatly in Japan in the modern day. 


These nonfiction selections include memoirs, biographies, and advice for moms of all ages.

7. The Life-Giving Home by Sally Clarkson 

In this book, Sally Clarkson details different ways a mother can infuse life into her family’s life. She shares from her own experiences, inspiring moms of all ages to be more intentional at putting their children in the way of heroic stories and noble ideas. 

8. Heartland by Sarah Smarsh 

This memoir, written by a New York Times and The Guardian journalist, looks back on the author’s childhood of poverty in the 1980s and ’90s, in what is supposedly the richest country on earth. This book was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. 

9. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou 

World famous writer and poet Maya Angelou did not experience her mother’s love when she was younger. Having been sent away at age three, she struggled with her feelings of abandonment, even upon reconnecting with her mother. But in this memoir, she shares how she and her mom reconstructed a relationship as two grown women. 

10. On Becoming Baby Wise by Robert Bucknam and Gary Ezzo 

This is a great option for a baby shower gift, especially for a first-time mom-to-be. The book helps new parents train their baby to sleep through the night, and also includes information about navigating a baby’s first months of life. 

11. Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker 

This book offers an honest glimpse of the often overwhelming chaos of motherhood. Written by bloggers who also created the online community Mothers of Daughters, this book will help revive a weary mom so she can walk in peace, free from the burden of the daily grind. 

12. The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis 

In this scientifically groundbreaking book, Dr. Karyn Purvis shares valuable insights for forming heart connections with adopted children. Although most of her work was done with children from high-risk environments, her principles can be applied to any child. She also offers practical tips on how to apply these practices in your own family. 

13. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport 

In this book, Cal Newport challenges readers to become digital minimalists: happy and calm people who aren’t always glancing at their phones! It includes practical tips for helping you focus in an age where we’re constantly bombarded by notifications, such as taking a digital sabbath and other tips for gaining back control of our lives in this technological age. 

14. Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Sally Clarkson and Nathan Clarkson 

In this book, Sally Clarkson teams up with her son Nathan, whose obsessive-compulsive disorder made life difficult not just for himself but for their entire family. Their very candid sharing of their experiences and lessons is a breath of fresh air, especially for someone who either is or who loves someone “different” from everybody else in any myriad of ways. 

15. In Vital Harmony by Karen Glass

Ideal for moms with school-age children, this book discusses universal laws that affect how people learn, based on the principles of 19th century British educator-reformer Charlotte Mason. These principles can help any mom form a big picture view of how to breathe life into her children’s education no matter what age they are. 

Choosing Books for Mothers 

Choosing a book for a busy mother may not be easy, but remember that moms are just like everyone else, and can definitely benefit from a great book! 

If you’re a mom yourself, you might reach for a book that will help you learn and grow, provide support and reassurance, or simply offer an entertaining break from the craziness of motherhood. In any case, there are lots of great books to choose from!

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