26 Books that are a Must-Read For All Moms

Being a mom is the most rewarding, draining, backbreaking and beautiful job there is! It is non-stop 24/7 with no breaks or pause button. Moms have always had a load, but in these days and times, being a mom is even more challenging. With added precautions and mandates for safety, you may be stuck in the house with your precious ones more often. Believe it or not, this can be a blessing in disguise. An opportunity for rest and reflection and what better way to relax and reflect is there than reading a good book. I’ve thoroughly researched and hand-picked 25 books to help you along your “mom” journey. This must-read best book list for moms in 2021 range from self-help books, books for moms with anxiety, and funny mom books. There are suggestions for everyone, so get a cup of tea or glass of wine and take five to pick your next book for moms!

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1. You & I, as Mothers: A raw and honest Guide to Motherhood

By: Laura Prepon (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

When I came across this decadent read, I Snapped it right up! The title ensnared me, and when I spotted the author, I couldn’t click the Read Now button on my Kindle fast enough. So, graceful, lovely Laura, who played Donna in that ‘70s Show and Alex on Orange Is the New Black, has brought her tranquil skills to pen and paper. Laura, who also is a director, brings raw-honest tips about what moms need to do to self-care to the page with a flare that will keep you turning pages.

2. Operating Instructions: A Journal of my Son’s first year

By: Annie Lamat (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Lamat’s actual encounters of her son’s first year of life is a brilliant combination of humor and warmth. Having her son alone and at the age of thirty-five is an enduring read full of love and loss and will touch the heart of every mom, whether you have a tentative partner or are raising your child completely alone, don’t pass this one up!

3. And NowWe Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

By: Meaghan O’Connell (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Learn how this author coped in this fiercely vivid first-hand account of accidental pregnancy. An unwanted pregnancy can be devastating for an expectant mom, and the outcome can be both a blessing and overwhelming.

4. The Child Whisperer: The Ultimate Handbook for Raising, Successful, Cooperative Children

By: Carol Tuttle (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Ever feel perplexed regarding your children’s behavior? This book gets to the root of a child’s true nature.

5. Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time and Sanity

By: Cassy Joy Garcia (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Save time and money by healthy meal-prepping for your family! This book is easy to follow with step-by-step instructions, and it even contains shopping lists and what items to keep in your pantry. Utilize the information in this book to make more time with the kiddos and self-care for you!

6. Precious Little Sleep

By: Alexis Dublief (Available on Amazon on Kindle)

Who loves their sleep? Me! This book contains practical sleep solutions to improve sleep habits in young children.

7. Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of perfection to Grasp What Really Matters

By: Rachel Macy Stafford (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Take a break from work, social media, and other problems of the outside world by putting full focus on your children.

8. How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

By: Jancee Dunn (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

The title says it all! Make your husband an ally in rearing the little people that you created.

9. Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

By: Judith Warner (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

This book is a lively and provocative look at motherhood in today’s society.

10. Toddlers are A**holes (It’s not your fault)

By: Bunmi Laditan (Available on Amazon and Kindle **Highly Rated)

In this comical help book regarding the tiny a**holes that rule our hearts, you will find a wealth of information in several sections:

  • The theory of toddler evolution
  • Mealtime ( AKA HELL)
  • Your unraveling life
  • And how not to die inside

11. Cat and Nat’s Mom Truth’s: Embarrassing stories and Brutally Honest Advice on the Extremely Real Struggle of Motherhood

By: Catherine Belknap/ Natalie Telfer-Available on Amazon and Kindle **Highly rated

Best friends get down to the grit about motherhood with fearless myth-busting and outrageous humor.

12. How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

By: Adele Faber/Elaine Mazlish (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Internationally acclaimed experts explain how communication is key between you and your child.
The Boston Globe hails this gem as the ultimate “parenting bible!”

13. Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood

By: Lisa Damour Ph. D (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Publishers Weekly all lavish praise on Dr. Damour’s book about guiding teen girls through one of the most turbulent times of their lives.

14. Strong as a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood: The Only Guide to taking care of You!

By: Kate Rope (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Reviews for this fun titled book range from “an essential read for all birthing parents” to “type of book for stressed moms.” You will enjoy this practical and compassionate guide to self-care!

15. Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving

By: Caitlyn Collins (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

A moving account of working mom’s daily lives.

16. The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Must Have Guide to Health and Well-being

By: Julie Burton (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

This book is pumped with information about how to survive motherhood with staying true to yourself.

17. Low-Mess Crafts for Kids: 72 Projects To Create Your Own Magical World

By: Debbie Chapman (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Low-Mess?! Shall I say more?? Take a load off by having some fun with craft time and your kiddos.

18. You are a F*cking Awesome Mom: So Embrace the Chaos, Get Over the Guilt, and Be True to You

By: Leslie Anne Bruce (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Ever had a baby and lost your mind? Me too! This read is full of encouragement and good times.

19. Mother and Son: The Respect Effect

By: Emerson Eggerichs (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

New York Times Best-Selling author tackles love and respect between parent and son.

20. #IMomSoHard

By: Kristin Hensley/Jen Smedley (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Take a break and take on this fun read that is five stars all around!! If you have watched these two moms’ videos, then you know you’re in for a laugh.

21. Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms

By: Shonda Moralis (Available on Amazon and Kindle)
Winner of the (NAPPA) National Parenting Product Award, you will be sure to find this read soothing and calming, especially when paired with a hot drink.

22. Baby Sign Language Made Easy: 101 Signs to Start Communicating with Your Child Now

By: Lane Rebelo (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

What a fantastic way to spend playtime with your baby or toddler!

23. The World According to Mister Rodgers: Important things to Remember

By: Fred Rodgers (Available on Amazon and Kindle)

Mister Rodgers has been loved and respected for over three decades with his lessons of friendship, wisdom, love, individuality, and honesty that he brings to children and adults.

24. Welcome to the Club: 100 Parenting Milestones You Never Saw Coming

By: Raquel D’Apice (Available on Amazon)

You will enjoy this refreshing spin on a baby milestone book.

25. Mom Brain: Proven Strategies To Fight The Anxiety, Guilt, and Overwhelming Emotions of Motherhood-and Relax into Your New Self

By: Ilyse Dobrow Dimarco, Ph. D (Available on Amazon and Kindle 8/19/2020)

This pre-order will be available in mere days and has already garnished quite a bit of attention. The descriptive title and eye-catching cover scream this will be your next favorite read! I am definitely getting a copy of this book for myself.

26. Taking on the Mental Load of Being “Mom”

By: Maria Henehan (Available on Gumroad)

Maybe you’re a working mother of two, or a stay at home mother of three. No matter what situation you’re in, you are going to go through struggles, if you haven’t already. One of the hardest things about being a mother is thinking we’re the only one’s going through it. It’s so important (& in some cases detrimental) that we finally realize that we are not. In this ebook, I share with you many stories, that I’m sure you have experienced yourself with your own children, to show you how far away from “alone” you really are. From mom-guilt & feelings of failure, all the way to stay-at-home-mom depression, you’re sure to relate quicker than you thought.

Happy Reading!!

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