14 Best Literary Moms

14 Best Literary Moms

With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect time of year to think about the best mom’s in literature.  As we started thinking about the list we had many conventional and unconventional mother’s come to mind.  A mother is the person who loves you and raises you, praises you and raises you to new heights.  So whether it is an aunt, a grandmother, a tree or a spider, we have put together a list of mothers that we think should be celebrated.  We also want to send a special thank you to our Mothers and our Mother-in-Laws on this upcoming day.  Happy Mother’s Day!

14 Best Literary Moms

I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

“I love you forever, I like you for always.  As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be”.  The mother in this book loves her son unconditionally and teaches him how to love his own daughter the same way.  I dare you to read this book without getting teary.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling,

Molly Weasley  from the Harry Potter Series is not a woman to be trifled with.  She loves her children and protects her loved ones fiercely.  In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Molly takes on Bellatrix Lestrange to defend her daughter.   She looks at Harry as another son and treats him like one of her own.  We all wish that we could have a mother as fierce and loving as Molly Weasley

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Miss Honey is Matilda’s teacher at Crunchem Hall Primary School.  She recognizes that Matilda is an exceptional child and tries to advocate for her.  She is a wonderful teacher who goes beyond and in the end, adopts Matilda.  Despite a rough childhood both  Matlida and Miss Honey get what they need in the end- a family to love them and care for them.  They found each other and in turn, found happiness.

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables was looking to adopt a son.  Instead she got Anne, a talkative red headed girl with a big imagination. What unfolds is a story of unconditional love and the story of two opposites coming together as a family. 


Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

Marmee is the ultimate giving mother. She is gentle, a great listener and a mother who will gladly do without so that her girls can have what they need. She gives her children the freedom to make mistakes and learn lessons on their own, but is always there to help guide them along.


Room by Emma Donoghue

Ma  and 5 year old Jack live in an 11 foot by 11 foot room.  Ma sacrifices everything for her son so they can escape from “room” and have a chance at a normal life. Despite her abduction and abuse, Ma is able to create a world for her son and does everything in her power to make that world a better place.  


Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

 Coralie Sardie is raised by a terrible father and trained from a young age to work as a mermaid in his coney island “museum”.  Coralie is all but ignored by her father and is raised by the family maid, Maureen.  Once again, this mother figure provides Coralie with the strength to pursue her own dreams and live her life in her own extraordinary way.


Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

Although Charlotte is a spider, she risks everything to ensure that Wilbur has a chance as a life in  Charlotte’s Web. She teaches him about life and death- a sad lesson.  A beautiful book for children and adults alike.


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

In the The Giving Tree, the tree gives the boy everything.  From her leaves and apples to her branches and her trunk, she gives the boy everything she can for him to have a happy life.  Sounds like a lot of mothers I know.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

In The Help, the maids talk about how much they love the children that they raise. Abilene reveals to Skeeter Phelan about her life raising “white babies”.  Abilene knows that eventually she will have to leave the babies that she raises but that doesn’t stop her from loving them as any mother would. In some cases, she loves them even more than their own parents.


Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette is an unlikely mother to make the list.  She leaves her daughter and husband temporarily and goes on a hunt to find where her mother has gone.  This is a book about mother-daughter relationships. Forcing her daughter to become a little more independent and simultaneously doing something for her self, this is an oddly touching tale.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Oh Mrs. Bennet – the consummate worrier. She frets and frets over her daughters, plotting and scheming to get them all married to good men.  While her frenetic energies have many readers rolling their eyes, but who hasn’t had that same reaction to their own mother? Her actions come from a fierce love for her children and a desire to see them happy. She just has a frazzled way of showing her feelings.


Wonder by  Raquel J. Palacio

Auggie is a boy with severe facial deformities who is going to attend school for the first time.  With the love and support of his mother, sister and friends, he is able to succeed.  Although Isabel Pullman can be overprotective, she is an example of a real mom, faults and all.



Stuart Little by E.B White

A timeless classic about a little boy mouse who lives with his parents who are human.  Mrs. Little get a definite shout out as a great literary mom for simply raising a mouse and treating him as she would any other child.  

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