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The Best Books About And For Mothers And Daughters

“What are the best books about Mothers And Daughters?” We looked at 164 of the top Mother & Daughter books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 12 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Mother & Daughter ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 12 Best Books About Mothers And Daughters And The Relationships They Have

12 .) Beloved written by Toni Morrison


Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • RD

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement. After the Civil War ends, Sethe longingly recalls the two-year-old daughter whom she killed when threatened with recapture after escaping from slavery 18 years before.…

11 .) Koala Lou written by Mem Fox

Koala Lou

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Happiness Mama

A young koala, longing to hear her mother speak lovingly to her as she did before other children came along, plans to win her distracted parent’s attention.

10 .) Ladybug Girl written by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Ladybug Girl

Lists It Appears On:

  • Happiness Mama
  • Romper

After her brother tells her she is too little to play with him, Lulu, dressed as Ladybug Girl, makes her own fun.

9 .) Little House on the Prairie written by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie

Lists It Appears On:

  • RD
  • Scottish Book Trust

A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.

8 .) Mommy Hugs written by Karen Katz

Mommy Hugs

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Happiness Mama

A loving mother counts the hugs she gives her baby throughout the day.

7 .) My Mom is Magical written by Sabrina Moyle, Eunice Moyle, and Hello! Lucky

My Mom is Magical

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Working Mother

This board book salutes the things that make a mom magical.

6 .) Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Lists It Appears On:

  • RD
  • The Guardian

In early nineteenth-century England, Elizabeth Bennett, a spirited young woman copes with the romantic entanglements of her four sisters, and her feelings for Fitzwilliam Darcy, a brooding gentleman.

5 .) The Best Mother written by C.M. Surrisi and Diane Goode

The Best Mother

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Working Mother

After interviewing mothers at the park, the toy store, and the zoo, Maxine decides that her own mother is worth keeping.

4 .) Where’d You Go, Bernadette? written by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Bird Books
  • RD

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

3 .) White Oleander written by Janet Fitch

White Oleander

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Early Bird Books

At the age of 12, Astrid has her world blown away when her mother is sentenced to life in prison for murdering her lover. Sharpened by harsh foster home environments, Astrid remakes herself as a survivor, and ultimately, an artist.

2 .) The Joy Luck Club written by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • RD
  • Real Simple

In 1949, four Chinese women–drawn together by the shadow of their past–begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and “say” stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club–and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades.…

1 .) The Secret Life of Bees written by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • RD
  • Real Simple

Fourteen-year-old Lily and her companion, Rosaleen, an African-American woman who has cared for Lily since her mother’s death ten years earlier, flee their home after Rosaleen is victimized by racist police officers, and find a safe haven in Tiburon, South Carolina at the home of three beekeeping sisters, May, June, and August.…

The 150+ Additional Best Books About Or Featuring Mother And Daughter Relationships

13‘The Charm Bracelet’Viola ShipmanRD
145 Minutes’ Peace Read Brightly
157 Top Destinations in SoCal You Can VisitTrainRD
16A Chair for My MotherVera B. WilliamsRomper
17A Gift for MamaLinda Ravin Lodding and Alison JayWorking Mother
18A Gold Star For ZogJulia DonaldsonRomper
19A Sicilian RomanceAnn RadcliffeThe Guardian
20A Tale Dark and Grimm Read Brightly
21A Tree Grows in BrooklynBetty SmithReal Simple
22A Very Easy DeathSimone de BeauvoirThe Guardian
23A Wrinkle in Time Read Brightly
24African Folk Tales Read Brightly
25All the World Read Brightly
26American GirlsNancy Jo SalesRD
27Anywhere But HereMona SimpsonBustle
28Apple and RainSarah CrossanScottish Book Trust
29Are You My Mother? By Alison Bechdel Bustle
30Ask the Passengers HBook
31B: A Poem A Mighty Girl
32Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherAmy ChuaRD
33Be Patient, Pandora! A Mighty Girl
34Beauty Queens HBook
35Blue NightsJoan DidionBustle
Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters
 A Mighty Girl
37Breakfast with the Nikolides Early Bird Books
38Breath, Eyes, Memory Early Bird Books
39Bunny Roo, I Love YouMelissa Marr and Teagan WhiteWorking Mother
40Call the MidwifeJennifer WorthRD
41Cherries and Cherry PitsVera B. WilliamsRomper
42Code Name Verity HBook
43Cold Kiss HBook
44Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Early Bird Books
45Everything is MamaJimmy Fallon and Miguel OrdóñezWorking Mother
46FlightsendLinda NewberryScottish Book Trust
Floating On Mama’s Song / Flotando en la cancion de mama
 A Mighty Girl
48For You, Mom, FinallyRuth ReichlBustle
49Fortune’s Daughter Early Bird Books
50Girl in the Mirror HBook
51Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! A Mighty Girl
52Her Mother’s Daughter Early Bird Books
53Hetty FeatherJacqueline WilsonScottish Book Trust
54Highwire Moon Early Bird Books
55Hop on Pop Read Brightly
56How to Babysit a GrandmaJean Reagan and Lee WildishWorking Mother
57How to Raise a MomJean Reagan and Lee WildishWorking Mother
58I Love Mom with the Very Hungry CaterpillarEric CarleWorking Mother
59I Love My MommyGiles Andreae and Emma DoddWorking Mother
60I Really Want to See You, GrandmaTaro GomiWorking Mother
61I Will Love YouAlyssa Satin Capucilli and Lisa AnchinWorking Mother
62I Would Tuck You InSarah Asper-Smith and Mitchell WatleyWorking Mother
63I’ll Hug You MoreLaura Duksta and Melissa IwaiWorking Mother
64I’ve Loved You Since ForeverHoda Kotb and Suzie MasonWorking Mother
65If I Could Keep You Little Happiness Mama
66If Kisses Were Colors A Mighty Girl
67If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Read Brightly
68Imani’s Moon A Mighty Girl
Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms
 A Mighty Girl
70Keeper of the Lost Cities Read Brightly
71Kiss, Kiss! Happiness Mama
72Lab GirlHope JahrenRD
73Leaving Time Early Bird Books
74Left Early Bird Books
75Letters to the New Mom: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure ForeverLea RedmondWorking Mother
76Lies My Mother Never Told MeKaylie JonesReal Simple
77Life on the Refrigerator DoorAlice KuipersScottish Book Trust
78Little Fish and MommyLucy CousinsWorking Mother
79Lola at the Library A Mighty Girl
80Looking for JJAnne CassidyScottish Book Trust
81Loot Read Brightly
82Love You Forever Happiness Mama
83Love, MamaJeanette BradleyWorking Mother
84MadelineLudwig BemelmansRomper
85Mama Loves You So (New Books for Newborns)Terry Pierce and Simone ShinWorking Mother
86Mama, Do You Love Me? Happiness Mama
87Mama’s BellyKate Hosford and Abigail HalpinWorking Mother
88Mama’s KissesKate McMullan and Tao NyeuWorking Mother
89Mama’s Day with Little GrayAimee Reid and Laura J. BryantWorking Mother
90MatildaRoald DahlRomper
91Me. . . JanePatrick McDonnellRomper
92Missing Mom Early Bird Books
93Mom & Me & MomMaya AngelouReal Simple
94Mom and Me, Me and MomMiguel TancoWorking Mother
95Mommy DressingLois GouldRD
96Mommy, Mama, and Me A Mighty Girl
97Mommy’s KhimarJamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Ebony GlennWorking Mother
Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years
 A Mighty Girl
99My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryFrederik BachmanRD
100My Mama Had A Dancing Heart A Mighty Girl
101My Name Is Lucy BartonElizabeth StroutReal Simple
102My Two Moms and MeMichael Joosten and Izak ZenouWorking Mother
103OliviaIan FalconerRomper
104On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the MotherAmber JacobsThe Guardian
105On Mother’s Lap Happiness Mama
106On the Night You Were BornNancy TillmanWorking Mother
107Ordinary GraceWilliam Kent KruegerRD
108Pearl HBook
109Pecan Pie Baby A Mighty Girl
110Please, Baby, Please A Mighty Girl
111Queen Sugar Early Bird Books
112RamonaBeverly ClearyRomper
113Ramona and Her Mother A Mighty Girl
114Roadwalkers Early Bird Books
115Room On the BroomJulia DonaldsonRomper
116Rosie Early Bird Books
117Rosie Revere, EngineerAndrea BeatyRomper
118Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne SextonLinda Gray SextonThe Guardian
119Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First SonAnne Lamott and Sam LamottRD
120Someday Happiness Mama
121Sundae GirlCathy CassidyScottish Book Trust
122Superhero MomTimothy Knapman and Joe BergerWorking Mother
123Swing Time Early Bird Books
124Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the TableRuth ReichlRD
125That’s Me Loving YouAmy Krouse Rosenthal and Teagan WhiteWorking Mother
126The Big Big Sea A Mighty Girl
127The Blue RoomHanne ØrstavikThe Guardian
128The Book of Ruth The Guardian
129The Bridge LadiesBetsy LernerReal Simple
The Care and Keeping of Us: A Sharing Collection for Girls and Their Moms
 A Mighty Girl
131The Chronicles of Narnia Read Brightly
132The Country Bunny and the Little Gold ShoesDuBose HeywardRomper
133The Cutting SeasonAttica LockeRD
134The Day the Crayons Quit Read Brightly
135The Devil Kissed Her: The Story of Mary LambKathy WatsonThe Guardian
136The Glass EssayAnne CarsonThe Guardian
137The Great MotherErich NeumannThe Guardian
138The Kissing Hand Read Brightly
139The Light Between OceansM.L. StedmanRD
140The Mommy Book A Mighty Girl
The Mother-Daughter Book Club: How Ten Busy Mothers and Daughters Came Together to Talk, Laugh, and Learn Through Their Love of Reading
 A Mighty Girl
142The Neapolitan NovelsElena FerranteRD
143The Paper Bag PrincessRobert MunschRomper
144The Phantom Tollbooth Read Brightly
145The Roald Dahl Collection Read Brightly
146The Runaway Bunny Happiness Mama
147The Secrets of Sam and SamSusie DayScottish Book Trust
148The Sign of the Beaver Read Brightly
149The Storied Life of A.J. FikryGabrielle ZevinRD
150The Ugly Vegetables A Mighty Girl
151The Wholeness of a Broken HeartKatie SingerBustle
152Then AgainDiane KeatonBustle
153To the LighthouseVirginia WoolfRD
154Travels with My AuntGraham GreeneRD
Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure
 A Mighty Girl
156Vinegar GirlAnne TylerRD
157Waiting for the Biblioburro Read Brightly
158What Mommies LikeJudy Carey Nevin and Stephanie SixWorking Mother
159What We Keep Early Bird Books
160Where’s Mommy?Beverly Donofrio and Barbara McClintockWorking Mother
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You
 Happiness Mama
162WildCheryl StrayedRD
163Wolf WilderKatherine RundellScottish Book Trust
164You Are My HappyHoda Kotb and Suzie MasonWorking Mother

12 Best Mothers And Daughters Book Sources/Lists

A Mighty Girl A Mother’s Love: 30 Books Celebrating Mighty Moms & Daughters
Bustle 10 Books on Mother-Daughter Relationships to Read for Mother’s Day
Early Bird Books 16 Books About Mother-Daughter Relationships
Happiness Mama 12 Favorite Children’s Books for Mother’s Day
HBook YA mother-daughter reading recommendations
RD the best books for mothers and daughters to read
Read Brightly The Books Kids Say Are the Best to Read with Their Moms
Real Simple 7 Gripping Mother/Daughter Books
Romper 13 Books Every Mom Should Read To Her Daughter
Scottish Book Trust 10 of my Favourite Mother-Daughter Relationships in Children’s Books
The Guardian The top 10 stories of mothers and daughters
Working Mother Wonderful Mother’s Day Children’s Books