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

# Books Authors Lists
13 ‘The Charm Bracelet’ Viola Shipman RD
14 5 Minutes’ Peace   Read Brightly
15 7 Top Destinations in SoCal You Can Visit Train RD
16 A Chair for My Mother Vera B. Williams Romper
17 A Gift for Mama Linda Ravin Lodding and Alison Jay Working Mother
18 A Gold Star For Zog Julia Donaldson Romper
19 A Sicilian Romance Ann Radcliffe The Guardian
20 A Tale Dark and Grimm   Read Brightly
21 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith Real Simple
22 A Very Easy Death Simone de Beauvoir The Guardian
23 A Wrinkle in Time   Read Brightly
24 African Folk Tales   Read Brightly
25 All the World   Read Brightly
26 American Girls Nancy Jo Sales RD
27 Anywhere But Here Mona Simpson Bustle
28 Apple and Rain Sarah Crossan Scottish Book Trust
29 Are You My Mother? By Alison Bechdel   Bustle
30 Ask the Passengers   HBook
31 B: A Poem   A Mighty Girl
32 Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Amy Chua RD
33 Be Patient, Pandora!   A Mighty Girl
34 Beauty Queens   HBook
35 Blue Nights Joan Didion Bustle
Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters
  A Mighty Girl
37 Breakfast with the Nikolides   Early Bird Books
38 Breath, Eyes, Memory   Early Bird Books
39 Bunny Roo, I Love You Melissa Marr and Teagan White Working Mother
40 Call the Midwife Jennifer Worth RD
41 Cherries and Cherry Pits Vera B. Williams Romper
42 Code Name Verity   HBook
43 Cold Kiss   HBook
44 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood   Early Bird Books
45 Everything is Mama Jimmy Fallon and Miguel Ordóñez Working Mother
46 Flightsend Linda Newberry Scottish Book Trust
Floating On Mama’s Song / Flotando en la cancion de mama
  A Mighty Girl
48 For You, Mom, Finally Ruth Reichl Bustle
49 Fortune’s Daughter   Early Bird Books
50 Girl in the Mirror   HBook
51 Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild!   A Mighty Girl
52 Her Mother’s Daughter   Early Bird Books
53 Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson Scottish Book Trust
54 Highwire Moon   Early Bird Books
55 Hop on Pop   Read Brightly
56 How to Babysit a Grandma Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish Working Mother
57 How to Raise a Mom Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish Working Mother
58 I Love Mom with the Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Working Mother
59 I Love My Mommy Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd Working Mother
60 I Really Want to See You, Grandma Taro Gomi Working Mother
61 I Will Love You Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Lisa Anchin Working Mother
62 I Would Tuck You In Sarah Asper-Smith and Mitchell Watley Working Mother
63 I’ll Hug You More Laura Duksta and Melissa Iwai Working Mother
64 I’ve Loved You Since Forever Hoda Kotb and Suzie Mason Working Mother
65 If I Could Keep You Little   Happiness Mama
66 If Kisses Were Colors   A Mighty Girl
67 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie   Read Brightly
68 Imani’s Moon   A Mighty Girl
Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms
  A Mighty Girl
70 Keeper of the Lost Cities   Read Brightly
71 Kiss, Kiss!   Happiness Mama
72 Lab Girl Hope Jahren RD
73 Leaving Time   Early Bird Books
74 Left   Early Bird Books
75 Letters to the New Mom: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever Lea Redmond Working Mother
76 Lies My Mother Never Told Me Kaylie Jones Real Simple
77 Life on the Refrigerator Door Alice Kuipers Scottish Book Trust
78 Little Fish and Mommy Lucy Cousins Working Mother
79 Lola at the Library   A Mighty Girl
80 Looking for JJ Anne Cassidy Scottish Book Trust
81 Loot   Read Brightly
82 Love You Forever   Happiness Mama
83 Love, Mama Jeanette Bradley Working Mother
84 Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans Romper
85 Mama Loves You So (New Books for Newborns) Terry Pierce and Simone Shin Working Mother
86 Mama, Do You Love Me?   Happiness Mama
87 Mama’s Belly Kate Hosford and Abigail Halpin Working Mother
88 Mama’s Kisses Kate McMullan and Tao Nyeu Working Mother
89 Mama’s Day with Little Gray Aimee Reid and Laura J. Bryant Working Mother
90 Matilda Roald Dahl Romper
91 Me. . . Jane Patrick McDonnell Romper
92 Missing Mom   Early Bird Books
93 Mom & Me & Mom Maya Angelou Real Simple
94 Mom and Me, Me and Mom Miguel Tanco Working Mother
95 Mommy Dressing Lois Gould RD
96 Mommy, Mama, and Me   A Mighty Girl
97 Mommy’s Khimar Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn Working Mother
Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years
  A Mighty Girl
99 My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry Frederik Bachman RD
100 My Mama Had A Dancing Heart   A Mighty Girl
101 My Name Is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout Real Simple
102 My Two Moms and Me Michael Joosten and Izak Zenou Working Mother
103 Olivia Ian Falconer Romper
104 On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the Mother Amber Jacobs The Guardian
105 On Mother’s Lap   Happiness Mama
106 On the Night You Were Born Nancy Tillman Working Mother
107 Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger RD
108 Pearl   HBook
109 Pecan Pie Baby   A Mighty Girl
110 Please, Baby, Please   A Mighty Girl
111 Queen Sugar   Early Bird Books
112 Ramona Beverly Cleary Romper
113 Ramona and Her Mother   A Mighty Girl
114 Roadwalkers   Early Bird Books
115 Room On the Broom Julia Donaldson Romper
116 Rosie   Early Bird Books
117 Rosie Revere, Engineer Andrea Beaty Romper
118 Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton Linda Gray Sexton The Guardian
119 Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott RD
120 Someday   Happiness Mama
121 Sundae Girl Cathy Cassidy Scottish Book Trust
122 Superhero Mom Timothy Knapman and Joe Berger Working Mother
123 Swing Time   Early Bird Books
124 Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table Ruth Reichl RD
125 That’s Me Loving You Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Teagan White Working Mother
126 The Big Big Sea   A Mighty Girl
127 The Blue Room Hanne Ørstavik The Guardian
128 The Book of Ruth   The Guardian
129 The Bridge Ladies Betsy Lerner Real Simple
The Care and Keeping of Us: A Sharing Collection for Girls and Their Moms
  A Mighty Girl
131 The Chronicles of Narnia   Read Brightly
132 The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes DuBose Heyward Romper
133 The Cutting Season Attica Locke RD
134 The Day the Crayons Quit   Read Brightly
135 The Devil Kissed Her: The Story of Mary Lamb Kathy Watson The Guardian
136 The Glass Essay Anne Carson The Guardian
137 The Great Mother Erich Neumann The Guardian
138 The Kissing Hand   Read Brightly
139 The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman RD
140 The 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
142 The Neapolitan Novels Elena Ferrante RD
143 The Paper Bag Princess Robert Munsch Romper
144 The Phantom Tollbooth   Read Brightly
145 The Roald Dahl Collection   Read Brightly
146 The Runaway Bunny   Happiness Mama
147 The Secrets of Sam and Sam Susie Day Scottish Book Trust
148 The Sign of the Beaver   Read Brightly
149 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin RD
150 The Ugly Vegetables   A Mighty Girl
151 The Wholeness of a Broken Heart Katie Singer Bustle
152 Then Again Diane Keaton Bustle
153 To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf RD
154 Travels with My Aunt Graham Greene RD
Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure
  A Mighty Girl
156 Vinegar Girl Anne Tyler RD
157 Waiting for the Biblioburro   Read Brightly
158 What Mommies Like Judy Carey Nevin and Stephanie Six Working Mother
159 What We Keep   Early Bird Books
160 Where’s Mommy? Beverly Donofrio and Barbara McClintock Working Mother
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You
  Happiness Mama
162 Wild Cheryl Strayed RD
163 Wolf Wilder Katherine Rundell Scottish Book Trust
164 You Are My Happy Hoda Kotb and Suzie Mason Working Mother

12 Best Mothers And Daughters Book Sources/Lists

Source Article
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

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