There are many significant days that are celebrated in the UK including Mothering Sunday, Valentines Day and Fathers Day. All of these have something in common, love. Whilst these days may be big celebrations in many homes, I think its it’s always lovely to have access to such reads celebrating love and parenthood all the time. Rather then having a dedicated post for each celebratory day, I’m going to recommend great books related to these themes in this piece. It will be open to change and I will be adding more great books as I find them.
That’s My Daddy by Ruth Redford and illustrated by Dan Taylor.
A fab fun read celebrating many dads. The book is aspiring, it shares positive male role models from all backgrounds. It shares happy times of fathers and children playing games and being silly because play is important and time together of course is precious. The book shares various job roles, from spaceman to magician. It shares the everyday, washing up, cooking, bedtime routine and along the way it asks many questions making it an all round great interactive read. This is a great one for many a bookshelf.
You Complete Me by Thomas Elliot
We absolutely love this adorable, bright and cheerful board book and I think it would make such a sweet gift. Look at those illustrations through. Soo cute.
Readers will enjoy completing foody pairs complete with food puns galore. There are die cut details and raised, traceable shapes for little hands to explore and the book ultimately is a hug in a book. You Complete Me, so gorgeous and a beautiful message to share for significant days and beyond.
Like The Moon Loves The Sky by Hena Khan and illustrated by Saffa Khan.
This is such a beautiful book based on a parents unconditional love and what they aspire and hope for their child.
The book shares a universal message but for my family and I it also celebrates our heritage and faith with the lyrical text inspired by words in the Quran. Each page opens with the word in sha Allah meaning God willing and follows with gentle, rhythmic, lyrical text.
“InshaAllah you are kind to those most in need. InshaAllah you seek knowledge, reflect, and read.”
The words alongside the vibrant illustrations share scenes of a Muslim family completing things that many readers will be able to relate to. As the story progresses readers will observe the child growing from a little baby to a young child. Scenes of the girl playing, swimming, reading, celebrating a birthday and tender family moments are shared brilliantly in richly coloured illustrations.
The book would make a lovely gift for new parents.
This Love by Isabel Otter and illustrated by Harriet Lynas.
Love is a special language that’s understood by all. This wonderfully diverse picture book is an absolute treasure. The book is a heart warming read that celebrates the varying relationships children have with special people in their lives. The rainbow die cut on the front cover reveals different scenes from around the world showing how love is expressed. From dancing amongst water fountains to learning to ride a bike with dad by your side. The love displayed is from a child’s perspective making it such a beautiful read. It is wonderful to see many families and children from around the world being represented in this book. The illustrations are a treat and can’t help but make you smile. Love can indeed unite us all and this is a wonderful book to enjoy sharing such a message.
What Matters Most by Emma Dodd.
When my eldest daughter was a few weeks old I distinctively recall buying some of Emma Dodd’s books. Her work is so emotive and the books we have at home are now enjoyed by my youngest daughter also. Her latest book, What Matters Most doesn’t disappoint. The book explores identity. It encourages readers to think about the simple pleasures and shares that being yourself is key. It is such an emotive read with delightful illustrations complete with shiny foiled parts too and a book that will appreciated by young and older readers.
Held in Love by Dawn Casey and illustrated by Oamul Lu.
Held in Love is a wonderfully moving read. The artwork captures such tender moments and the book would make a wonderful gift for a new parent.
A mother holds her baby, sharing her thoughts, her prayers. She shares that she wants baby to be able to work and play, that if tears flow, calm and peace will follow. She wants baby to know that amongst all the highs and lows baby is held in love.
The message is so touching and beautiful and I’m sure one many of us can relate too. The responsibility of being a parent is not an easy one but we of course want our children to know that whatever they are faced with, there will always be love to see them through.
When I was a child by Andy Stanton and illustrated by David Litchfield.
This gorgeously illustrated read is enchanting. Emily and her grandma share a beautiful relationship and one day grandma explains the joy she experienced, when I was a child. Emily wants her grandma to see that the joy doesn’t stop there and takes grandma on a journey of wonder, highlighting to grandma that the world is still enchanting and there is so much more joy to be appreciated. It’s wonderful to see the love and wise words Emily gives to her grandma. As the story progresses the illustrations become more intensely magical where readers enter a world of sheer beauty and appreciation for all around. Andy Stanton and David Litchfield make a fine duo and this book is just stunning. This is wonderful read sharing love between two different generations.
The Kiss by Linda Sunderland and illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle.
Unbeknown to dear Edwyn, he starts a magical chain of kindness in his community and beyond by blowing a kiss to his grandma. This magical kiss causes quite a stir and uplifts so many peoples days. It also attracts the attention of a rich, hard hearted man who observes how magical this kiss is but wants to reap the benefits of the magic all to himself. Little does he know that this kiss is not only magical but rather clever too. The story reminds me of the saying sprinkle kindness like confetti. The book represents that kindness can be something as small as a kiss, a smile, a hug but such actions can have a real positive impact on a persons day. The diverse illustrations throughout the book are wonderful and we appreciate the shiny gold sprinkling of the kiss working its magic. A lovely book to share
When I’m a Mummy Like you! By David O’Connell and illustrated by Francesca Gambatesa.
This brilliantly presented read is heartwarming and real and it is so relatable. A young girl wants to be just like her mummy. She celebrates all the wonderful things her mummy can do, big and small and sees mummy as a great role model for motherhood. Often with picture books cheering motherhood on are a sweet gesture to mummy’s everywhere but this read is different. David O’Connell has completed a read where the mother and child are having a conversation with each other, where each double page spread is dedicated to the thoughts of one of them and where replies mummy gives are thoughtful but realistic. Complete with Francesca Gambatesa’s illustrations which are cheery, engaging and in keeping with its young audience, this book is a lovely one for cosy reading time.
Disclaimer: I was gifted these books from publishers and illustrators and chose to include them in this piece myself. All opinions shared are my own. This post contains affiliate links.