Books for mothers and children

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 12:00am

Looking for a Mother's Day gift? Here are four books for mums to read alone and two for small children to read with them.

The Bad Mother's Handbook

By Kate Long


This witty British bestseller is a story about the lives of three fictional women - a grandmother, mother and daughter. The daughter is about to become a teenage mum and her boyfriend has dumped her. Set in 1997, when Tony Blair was elected prime minister and Princess Diana died, this comedy also sheds light on childhood and motherhood.

Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood

By Anne Enright


Media images of cuddly toddlers laughing and playing with their happy mothers can give many people the wrong impression of parenthood. The truth is, many new mothers are just fumbling their way through, figuring it out as they go along. This book does not offer scientific theories but flesh-and-blood accounts of the author's first few years of parenthood. It is intense, humorous and wry. Your mother will share the voices in it.

How to Live with a Man and Love It

By Jennifer Worick


Your mum might love you even more for giving her this book, but try not to let dad know in case he takes it the wrong way. Let's face it, love alone does not keep a marriage together. Couples face many issues that may seem trivial but can get out of control and cause problems. What couple has not had disputes over the in-laws, toothpaste or sharing the domestic chores? And then there are children, hygiene and sex. All these issues are aired in the book.

Just Like My Mum

By David Melling


A great book for mother and child to share. It speaks the language of young children in a refreshing and appealing way. Let the little lion cub tell you a story about mother and child relationships.

Just Like My Dad is also available.

The Incredible Truth About Motherhood

By Bradley Trevor Greive


Who would have thought that looking at pictures of tigers, basset hounds and polar bears would be able to shed light on the subject of motherhood? This slightly controversial book is sometimes painfully honest but most mums who've read it love it.

Froggy Went A-Courtin'

By Gillian Tyler

Another great book for mothers to read with their young children. The story is about the marriage of Froggy and Miss Mouse and the colourful assortment of characters that come to the wedding ceremony.