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As you know, at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno, we are spending the month of May celebrating moms. The last couple of weeks, we’ve discussed what gifts you can get for the gestational carriers and intended parents in your life. Gift baskets, a spa day and jewelry are all well and good for many mothers.

For others, sometimes, the best gift you can give them is a bit of peace and quiet; a bit of time away from life and the world around it. Often, the best way to get out of your own head is by reading a good book. This week, we’ll be taking a look at gift ideas for the bookworm mom in your life.

Here are some of the best books for Mother’s Day.

Fiction

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

What’s it about?

A true and timeless classic! The story follows the four March sisters – Jo, Amy, Beth, and Meg – on their journey from childhood to adulthood. It covers all of the hardships, heartaches, loves and joys that each of the girls experience.

Why it’s great for Mother’s Day

While this book isn’t necessarily about a mother, it is important to many mothers. If you have a copy tucked away on your bookshelf, this month would be a great time to dust it off and revisit the world of the Marches. To remind yourself that you are as strong and courageous as Marmi, ready and willing to do whatever it takes to love and support your family in the good and bad times. Consider reading it aloud to your daughter as a bonding experience, so that she can carry on the tradition with her family when she is old enough.

2. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

What’s it about?

A familiar title to many, this collection of poems and illustrations has been one of the ultimate go-to bedtime stories for the past few decades. Author Shel Silverstein takes his readers on a journey filled with imagination, humor, and compassion. With poem titles such as “Boa Constrictor,” “The Loser,” and the titular “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” there’s something for every reader to enjoy. The illustrations that accompany the poems are as timeless as the words.

Why it’s great for Mother’s Day

This is a perfect choice for mothers with smaller children. Much like Little Women, this assortment of poems and drawings has held a special place in the hearts of millions for decades. For many, this book was their bedtime story growing up, and for good reason!

3. Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes

What’s it about?

Told through the narrator’s series of memories, an immigrated family from Norway living in 1920s San Francisco encounters various hardships. No matter the trouble, the narrator’s mother is able to turn a negative into a positive and keep her family’s spirits up. Through good times and bad, the mother in the story is a constant source of light and inspiration to her children.

If you’ve seen the film, I Remember Mama, this brief description should sound familiar; this is the book it was based on!

Why it’s great for Mother’s Day

The love that “Mama” has for her family is staggeringly strong. She goes to extreme lengths to ensure that her family is well taken care of, and it’s a trait that many mothers share. While they may not have to disguise themselves to see their sick child in the hospital as Mama does, the love a mother has for her child is indisputably solid.

Non-Fiction

1. Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody and William Hoffer

What’s it about?

Note: While this certainly isn’t the most lighthearted book on this list, it is filled with the purest of motherly love.

Betty Mahmoody and her daughter Mahtob are brought to Iran by her husband, as he is wanting to visit his home. Under the impression that they’re only visiting for a two-week vacation, things begin going awry when Betty’s husband won’t let them leave. It becomes clear that he intends for their family to remain in Iran for the foreseeable future.

Why it’s great for Mother’s Day

This love that drives Betty to go through the lengths she does to protect her daughter is something that any mother can identify with.

2. The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting by Ilana Wiles

What’s it about?

Filled with the author’s personal essays on motherhood, this book celebrates how rather silly being a parent can oftentimes be, and how you can maintain your sanity. This humorous book, with chapter titles such as “Give Me Back My iPad,” and “Even Ice Cream Causes Tantrums,” is a must-have for anyone with children.

Why it’s great for Mother’s Day

It’s no secret that with motherhood comes a unique type of patience. With children comes just a little bit of insanity. This book allows mothers to know that, whatever they’re experiencing with parenting, they aren’t alone.

Mother’s Day

These are only a handful of books for Mother’s Day that you can choose from. There are many other titles that come to mind when people think of their mothers. Were there any on this list that brought your mother to mind? Are there any titles that you would have liked to see on this list? Let us know in the comments!

If you have any questions about how you can get started on your gestational surrogacy journey, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us! We’re always happy to speak with you!

Be well, friends!

Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno

Adoption Choices, Inc. is a private, non-profit adoption agency licensed by the state and leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive parents since 2002. Our staff has a genuine commitment to providing an empathetic, empowering, and progressive experience to all involved in the adoption process.  If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno. You may visit the website or contact us by 775-227-5277.

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About the Author

MalloreyEnglishMallorey English is an aspiring proofreader and editor. She’s completed a couple of online courses through Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and has used her education to help edit her mother’s inspirational book, Monday Motivation: 52 Weeks of Inspiration to Keep Moving in 2018 and running blog Life Up and Running. She hopes to one day become a full time freelance editor. As a Surrogacy Intern with Adoption Choices, Mallorey looks forward to learning more about how surrogacy affects intended parents and gestational carriers.

When she isn’t working, Mallorey can be found on a yoga mat, crafting a new project, or watching her favorite movies. She currently resides in northern Nevada with her husband and hopes to add on to their family in the near future.

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