Reading with your kiddos fosters a love for learning and allows you to share diverse stories featuring a wide range of characters. Young boys reading 鈥済irl鈥 books can open up discussions about gender assumptions, and toddlers can dive into books about women in history who have helped change the world, like in She Persisted.聽With all types of mamas out there 鈥 from working to foster moms 鈥斅爐here are a wonderful range of children鈥檚 books that tell stories of different lifestyles and cultures. Here are 10 amazing kids鈥 books that embrace all kinds of mamas. Snag some to give to a mom friend or to read with your own kiddos this Mother鈥檚 Day and beyond.

Picture Books

1.聽A Mother for Choco by聽Keiko Kasza ($6):聽A great pick for adoptive families or families with different race parents, this board book is ideal for a beginning reader. A little yellow duck searches for his mother, but can鈥檛 seem to find any animal who looks just like him. When Mrs. Bear, who doesn鈥檛 look at all like a duck, takes care of Choco and he meets her other kids 鈥 a piglet, hippo, and alligator 鈥 Choco learns that families come in different sizes and species.

2.聽Mommy, Mama, and Me by聽Lesl茅a Newman (Author) and Carol Thompson (Illustrator) ($7): Geared toward preschool-age to second graders, this board book explores same-sex parents and a loving household with two moms. The main character spends time reading, eating, and hanging out with mommy and mama.

3.聽Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher ($6): For ages four to seven, this picture book focuses on a son鈥檚 view of his mom鈥檚 鈥渮ooming machine,鈥 which he loves for going on rides with his wheelchair-bound mother. On his mama鈥檚 lap, he imagines being a ship captain, a fast race-car driver, and a pilot commanding a plane.

4.聽Love Waves by Rosemary Wells ($9): Working moms will appreciate this sweet story of a mama聽and baby bunny as mama goes off to work and wonders what her child is up to while she waitresses at a local caf茅. This book lovingly addresses the separation anxiety a child might experience if their parents go off to work or live in separate homes, or if they have faraway friends and relatives.

Middle Grade

5. The Memory of Forgotten Things聽by Kat Zhang聽($18; available May 15): Geared toward kids in fifth to eighth grade, this book tells the story of 12-year-old Sophia Wallace, who鈥檚 convinced that an upcoming solar eclipse will lead her to a world where her mom never died. This heartbreaking, beautiful book is a wonderful way to connect with kids who have lost their mothers or parental caregivers.

6. Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno ($17; available June 5):聽For kiddos ages eight to 12, this middle-grade novel by a debut author follows Cora,聽her mother, and little sister who are homeless after Cora鈥檚 father dies. An adventurous tree climber, Cora searches to find an elusive 鈥渢ree of heaven鈥 that can grow in the worst conditions, much like the main character herself. This novel is ideal for families who want to discuss homelessness with their kids in an honest way.

7. The Last Grand Adventure聽by Rebecca Behrens聽($17): An historical fiction novel for readers in fourth to seventh grade, this book is set in 1967 when聽Bea鈥檚 father remarries and the 12-year-old lead character inherits a younger stepsister. Bea leaps at the chance to spend her summer with her grandmother to avoid all of her family drama. The summer with grandma turns into a secret road trip to find Bea鈥檚 grandmother鈥檚 supposed long-lost sister, Amelia Earhart.

Young Adult

8. Autofocus聽by Lauren Gibaldi ($18): Aspiring photographer Maude decides to turn a visit to her best friend鈥檚 college into a search for her birth mother, but along the way, she learns that her past doesn鈥檛 have to define her future. This novel is a meaningful exploration into the lives of adoptive families and the unanswered questions some adopted teens might have for their birth parents.

9. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by聽Jacqueline Woodson ($8): Written by acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson, this YA book explores life after聽Melanin Sun鈥檚 mom divulges that she鈥檚 a lesbian, and her girlfriend is a rich white woman. How he handles these聽big changes are detailed in Sun鈥檚 journal entries. This is a perfect book for families who want to broach delicate subjects such as race and sexuality with sensitivity and care.

10. Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos ($19; available June 5): Cookie Vonn lives for fashion and hopes to become the next great fashion designer.聽Estranged from her supermodel mother and living in Phoenix聽with her grandmother Edna,聽Cookie鈥檚 big break to live and study in New York City is stalled when she鈥檚 declared too fat to fly. Pick up a copy of deVos鈥 debut novel for anyone who ever felt radically different from聽their biological parents.

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