Mother’s Day is almost here and what better way to celebrate the moms in your life than with a sweet picture book they can share with their favorite young readers, paired with a fun activity? Each story below is linked to an activity families can do together—and whether the mom you know is an artist, a dreamer, a mover, a foodie, or an animal lover, there’s something here for her! Let’s get reading (and going) with these five book and activity pairings for Mother’s Day!
The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt…and a pottery painting party
When Duncan opens his crayon box one day, he discovers the crayons have quit. Each color complains it wants to be used for more. So what’s Duncan to do? Laugh along with this humorous (and colorful) #1 New York Times bestselling book! Perfect for the mom who loves to craft, paint, or draw. Enjoy either creating pictures together at home or venture out to a pottery painting shop to design your very own Mother’s Day gifts!
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Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection, by J.K. Rowling…and a fort building night
The magic of Harry Potter is illuminated in this illustrated collection. Follow along with Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they adventure around Hogwarts in bright, whimsical, and colorful pictures! Perfect for the mom who loves to imagine. What better way to pretend together than by building a fort in the living room? Gather every pillow, blanket, flash light, and stuffed animal you have and let your imagination run wild!
Moon, by Britta Teckentrup…and a star-gazing camping trip
A peek-through nonfiction picture book, Moon showcases the lunar cycle in a fun and colorful way aimed for young readers. Perfect for the mom who loves the outdoors. Plan a picnic in the park, a morning hike, or even an overnight camping trip, where you can gaze at the stars and say goodnight directly to the moon hovering above you.
Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri…and creating a menu to cook and taste
Did you know that dragons loved tacos? We’re talking chicken tacos, beef tacos, big tacos, small tacos. Just be careful when you serve them salsa! Perfect for the mom who loves food, whether that’s cooking it or tasting it! Try creating and cooking a menu of all mom’s favorite foods. Or—for the mom who doesn’t enjoy cooking—order in! Then treat her to a clean sink and a movie on the couch!
Milo & Ze: A Bull Terrier Puppy Adventure, by Mark Watson…and an outing to the zoo
When Milo the bull terrier finally escapes his kennel, he learns from a fallen star that “he will meet a friend at his journey’s end.” This sweet story highlights the importance of persevering through hardships and the friends who make it worth it. Perfect for the mom who adores animals—an outing to the zoo or the aquarium is a fun and adventurous way to explore the animal (or underwater) kingdom together. Locate mom’s favorites and be sure to document the fun with photos!
For 5 more fun pairings, see our post from 2017!.