Again, I love book lists. This one, by Emma Cubellis, is a list of children’s and young adult books. I’ve read some. My children have read some. Some I hadn’t heard of. I’ll chat more in individual posts later. But, some of these are wonderful! The list is great.
11 Books We’re Glad Our Moms Made Us Read
Here at BookBub, the one thing we love almost as much as books (okay… perhaps more than books) is our moms. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked the BookBub team what book they’re thankful their mother made them read and why. From beloved classics to must-read contemporaries, our moms were definitely right about these titles.
“When I was a kid, my mom introduced me to Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. It’s a classic that almost every girl I know has read, and for good reason. It perfectly encapsulates that hilarity and awkwardness of what it’s like to be a girl. Reading it felt like a rite of passage, and it was special that she passed down a book that had also helped her during her childhood.” — Maya, Content
“I don’t know if I ever would read this if my mom didn’t introduce me to the story. It’s such a heartwarming tale, and because it’s so small, I often will just carry it around with me in my bag in case I forgot my current book so I always have something to read in downtime. A constant reminder to stay gold.” — Briana, People Operations
“When I was younger my grandmother gave me a copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith — a poignant, beautiful story about a girl coming of age in early 20th-century New York City. Following the heartaches and successes as Francie Nolan grew up brought me on such an emotional, intense journey, and I couldn’t put it down. When I think of this book, I think of my grandmother and how she has always fostered my love of reading, which allowed me to escape into other times and places, and helped me find inspiration in everyday life.” — Danielle, Content
“My mom encouraged me to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone after I had said I was never going to read a book again after my sister and her friends were teasing me, calling me a ‘book nerd’ (which at the time felt like an insult). I’m grateful I read it because, well, it’s Harry Potter! And because it made realize that being a book nerd wasn’t a bad thing!” — Ali, Partners
“I’m glad my mom made me read Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson when I was younger. It helped spark my lifelong love of science fiction, introduced me to a little-remembered female pioneer of the genre, and inspired my oldest kid’s name!” — Morgan, Business Development
“My parents got me Don’t Bet on the Prince by Jack Zipes (a collection of feminist fairy tales) when I was very young, too young to understand the symbolism and subversion going on in most of the stories — but the stories were still entertaining, so I read and reread them all regardless! I like to think that while Snow White and Cinderella and all the other classics were worming their way into my subconscious with all of their problematic representations of women, Jack Zipes’s collection was doing the same, setting me up to become a feminist later in life. For feminist moms, or fairy tale lovers of all ages, I highly recommend it!” — Annie, Partners
“My mother is an elementary school librarian, so I spent most of my childhood in and around her library, reading every Magic Tree House book I could get my hands on. But I’ll never forget when she read me Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henke. I have a long last name that’s hard for most people to pronounce, and when I was younger I was pretty self-conscious about how different it was — and people were ALWAYS commenting on it. Chrysanthemum’s schoolmates are quick to point out that her name is too long for her name tag (which my last name often is), and it has 13 letters (only one more letter than my own last name) and as a kid I was like ‘WOW, someone wrote a BOOK about my LIFE.’ I really identified with Chrysanthemum’s story, and Henke’s message about choosing to love yourself despite what others may say is still relevant. Thanks, Mom!” — Kayti, Production & Support
“My mom and I read the Bloodhound series to each other one summer when I was younger. This was back when the young adult section of the library was more limited, so I ended up just reading whatever my mom was reading. She always steered me toward books with strong female protagonists, and Jo Beth Siddon was strong, smart, and fierce! This series for sure launched my love of crime fiction, which is my go-to genre today. Thanks, Mom!” — Caitlin, Partners
“My mom is responsible for my life-long love of books, and I have so many fond memories of visits to the library where I’d eagerly pick up the next book in a Jane Yolen or Brian Jacquesseries. But one book she encouraged me to read that stands out isn’t a fantasy — it’s The Care And Keeping of You! This book answers every question a girl going through puberty wouldn’t even know to ask, and promotes body positivity, confidence, and comfort in your own skin. Eleven-year-old me will forever be grateful for this book!” — Carlyn, Business Development
“My mom encouraged me to read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, and I couldn’t have been more grateful. Rife with motivation and inspiration, Gilbert — just like my mom — reminded me that we’re all full of creativity and potential, and it’s important to give that creativity an outlet. My mom is always encouraging me to create and to write, and her recommendation of Big Magic really fueled that fire. Thanks, Mom!” — Sara, Production & Support
“My mom introduced The Magic Tree House books to me when I was in first or second grade, and I read them non-stop. This was a stand out among many book series (Winnie the Pooh earlier, Harry Potter later) that helped instill in me a love of reading, which I’ll always be grateful for.” — Francis, Content