Mother’s Day: Books Mom Will Love + Printable Bookmarks!

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My family is a family of readers and that is almost ALL thanks to my mom. From the time my sister and I were newborn babies she read to us every day. While we were growing up, Mom always had a book with her pretty much wherever she went and we always had books too. Even after we were old enough to read ourselves, we still had reading time together before bed at night. Books were considered to be an essential part of life.

Because of Mom’s influence, my sister and I are avid readers today. It works out great that all three of us enjoy the same type of books. Each time one of us buys a book, we pass it along to the others when we are finished. That means every book we buy gets at least three readings and each of us gets 3 books for the price of one! I’m always happy to hear when my sister has been doing some shopping at Barnes and Noble because it means new books are soon headed my way.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and an excellent gift choice for my mom or for ANY mom is always a book! We have some selections from Barnes and Noble has put together a huge list of book ideas for Mother’s Day that are sure to please your mom and mine. You can see their full list HERE, but I’ll start out with some of my personal top picks from their list.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Although I’m a born and bred northerner, I have a strong liking or books set in the South. The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of a young girl swept to safety and taken in by eccentric beekeeping sisters.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Yes, once again a book from the South. While I loved the blockbuster movie “The Help”,  I love the book so much more. If your mom loved the movie too, get her the book. She will thank you!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This coming-of-age story alternates between hilarious and heartbreaking. This is another book made into a movie. I guess I’ll need to add it to my “to watch” list!

Swans of Fifth Avenue Lucy Barton

A couple of other books that are in my “to read” pile right now because both my mom and sister read them and loved are My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout and The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. They both have excellent taste in books, so I feel confident in recommending them to you!

From Junk Food to Joy Food Joy Bauer

We love novels, there are lots more books for Mom too. How about a cookbook? I could look at cookbooks all day! I just got From Junk Food to Joy Food: All the Foods You Love to Eat…Only Better by Joy Bauer. I’m familiar with Joy from her segment on the TODAY show so that interested me in the book. It is filled with recipes for so many of our favorite “junk” foods like pizza, ice cream and fries – all to be made in a healthy way! Find more cookbooks she’ll love here.

Portable Color Me Happy Coloring Book

And besides books for reading, there are books for coloring!! Whether mom has already caught on to the latest craze, or hasn’t yet discovered it, get her one of the many adult coloring books available. I’m a fan of this Portable Color Me Happy Coloring Kit. It includes the book, colored pencils and twistable crayons all in one box making it easy to take on-the-go. It would also make a nice “starter kit” for a mom new to adult coloring!

If you’re ready to start choosing books for Mom, you can find all the books we mentioned along with many more at Barnes and Noble.

Printable Mothers Day Bookmarks

Once you pick out the books you’re going to give Mom, you can add an extra personal touch by including one (or a few) of these free printable Mother’s Day bookmarks! For best results, print out on heavyweight paper or card stock. You can add a personal message on the back wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day!

 Which books from Barnes and Noble will you give YOUR mom for Mother’s Day??

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  1. My mom’s a huge reader so I love the list and the printable bookmarks. Thanks so much for this!

  2. I absolutely loved The Secret Life of Bees and The Help! Wish I had beautiful bookmarks while I was reading them!

  3. We are also a family of readers. My moms would surely love to read The Help and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. I’ll make sure to get her those books.

  4.' Shauna Torres says:

    What a wonderful list of books. I loved The Help… so much… and I actually have that coloring book. Ha! Thanks so much for sharing

  5. I have been wanting to try some of the adult coloring books. I’m going to give a big hint to my kids and maybe I will receive a couple of them for mother’s day.

  6. Great list of books – The Help is in my to read pile right now! Love the bookmarks too – going to have my daughter print some off for the grandmas!

  7. I haven’t read any of these. I will have to check some of them out, for sure. I love reading and have been doing an awful lot of it recently!

  8. I want to get some mommy friends of mine some of those coloring books for adults!

  9. I too am an avid reader. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is one of my personal favorites!

  10. Great list of books. Personally I’d love that coloring book! lol I need some destressing.

  11. What a great selection of books. I would love to read the cook book – sounds very resourceful!

  12. Books really are a great idea for Mother’s Day! Maybe I’ll get my mom The Help.

  13. Those look like some wonderful books. I love those adult coloring books. I own a couple of them. They’re a lot of fun. I also really like that bookmark!

  14. Omg I would love it if my daughter got me new books for Mother’s Day!!! And maybe a chance to read them 😉 cute book mark!

  15.' Amy Desrosiers says:

    Do you believe that my mom hates reading! Gosh, I could barely get her to read to me as a kid. The only thing she reads or looks at is celeb mags! Thankfully, I love books!

  16.' Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I would love to get a book for Mothers Day. I have been enjoying coloring. It is really relaxing.

  17.' Tammi Roy says:

    Books are a great gift idea. Printing a bookmark is a great idea. I want to get a copy of The Help.

  18. I loved the movie ‘The Help’ too and my mom loved it as well. I think she’d enjoy that book.

  19. Your list of book choices was interesting. Books are a great gifts for moms because they give them a chance to escape and be at peace.

  20. This is such a great list of books! I think I have read most of them!

  21. I’m going to have to put some of these books on my wish list! Especially the Portable Color Me Happy Coloring Kit! I love adult coloring!

  22. Love your choices! I’m finishing up Swans of 5th Ave — it is excellent! I read one of her other books — The Aviator’s Wife which was really good, but this one is even better.

  23. I have read most of those books on your list and I have to say that they are great choices for moms. I love your printable bookmarks!

  24. I LOVE to read and so do my kids. The Secret Life of Bees is one of my favorites!


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