Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day this year I wanted to do a special post where I talk about some of my favorite maternal figures in literature. Of course, none of them rival my own mother who is the best person in the entire world!! (Even my best friend calls her mom and usually announces her presence in our house by yelling “mom I’m home!”)

Of course, moms are someone we should be grateful for all year, but having one special day set aside just for them is always nice. Maybe you can ask your mom about her favorite literary mom, or just what her favorite book is in general. Either way, make sure to tell your mom (or maternal figure) how much you love her!

Or if you live in a single parent home, don’t forget to tell your dad how much he means to you! And let me know who your favorite literary moms are.


Caroline Ingalls – Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Life on the prairie was never easy, but Ma Ingalls did everything she could to provide for her children and make their lives the best she possibly could.

Grandmary – Samantha, An American Girl by Susan S. Adler 

Sure Grandmary (real name: Mary Edwards) is a very strict maternal figure, but she clearly loves her granddaughter, Samantha with all her heart.

Hannah Gruen – Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Hannah is Nancy’s mom, but even Nancy admits she practically is and loves her as though she were. She’s certainly one of the sweetest

Helen McIntire – Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp

Helen was somehow able to keep her self sane, her children cared for, and the country running at the same time! She took up a job and stepped out of the home when her husband shipped off to war because that was what needed done. She was never afraid to do what needed done.

Marilla Cuthbert – Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery 

Even though Marilla was very determined to send Anne back when the young girl first showed up, she didn’t, and stuck it out to the bitter end as a wonderful carer for Anne (and occasionally her own husband).

Molly Weasley – Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Molly Weasley is possibly everyone’s favorite literary mom, she loves her children dearly and prefers not to fight. However, when provoked (mostly when her children are in danger) she is a force to be reckoned with (“Not my daughter you bitch!”).

Mrs. Hudson – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

Yes I’m mostly talking about the recent BBC TV series adaptation Sherlock, however, even in the classic series themselves Mrs. Hudson is a very caring woman to her two renters.

Wendy Darling – Peter Pan by JM Barrie

Wendy was undisputedly the best maternal figure in JM Barrie’s classic work. She was able to take care of not only herself, but also her brothers, Peter, and the lost boys!

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