With Mother’s Day around the corner, and Father’s Day not too far off, we in BookKids turned our thoughts to parents, or parental figures, in children’s literature. As we thought about parents and caregivers we at first only succeeded in naming a bunch of books where there are no parents or the parental figures are completely absent. This is a common trope in kids books. But that wouldn’t work since we want to celebrate parents not ignore them. So . . . we shifted focus, and came up with books that feature parental figures we like and are present in the story. We also didn’t limit our discussion to moms and dads, but expanded it to grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, teachers, and anyone who acts as a parent or caregiver. Here are a few of our favorites.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
This is one I remember loving…
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