Don’t worry! You haven’t missed Mother’s Day…it will be celebrated in the US and 84 other countries on Sunday, May 12th (so you still have time to get a gift or send a card!). Almost every country in the world celebrates Mother’s Day; however, not all on the same day.
Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 by West Virginian Anna Jarvis, in memory of her mother, who had died a year earlier. Although Jarvis pushed for a national holiday, it was until 1914 that US President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
However, Jarvis would come to resent the holiday…in particular, the commercialization of it. She organized boycotts of companies like Hallmark, who made cards for the occasion, and threatened lawsuits against candy companies and more for not honoring the spirit of the holiday, which was to write heart-felt notes or letters of appreciation to mom.
What I find so interesting is that in 1912, Jarvis trademarked the phrase “second Sunday in May” as well as “Mother’s Day” (note the singular possessive). For someone who wasn’t that interested in making the holiday a commercial one, she sure set herself up to reap the benefits from it.
In any case, I thought it would be fitting to pull together some lists of books and other reads that are great to give to or share with mom, be she biological, step-, in-law, or simply the amazing female figure in your life.
- A curated list of books for mom by Barnes and Noble
- Eight stellar book picks from USA Today
- RealSimple’s list of gifts for book-loving moms
- This list from Good Housekeeping
- Storybooks about moms to read with your kids from Working Mother
- The best “Mom” blogs of 2019
- Goodreads’ list of “Mom Fiction”
- Inspirational books on Motherhood
- Funny parenting books courtesy of Parents Magazine
- Goodreads’ list of humorous parenting books (truly, some of these I’ve read — they’re hilarious)
- Cosmo’s list of steamy books any mom would want to read
And lastly, if you want to get mom MORE than a book this Mother’s Day, check out this list from Popsugar.
To all the moms out there, I hope you have a happy, relaxing, and enjoyable Mother’s Day.
(Now to send my husband my wish list!)