12 Books That Should be on Your Mother’s Day Shopping List

Motherhood. It’s often painted in soft colors with lullabies serving as the background music. But as most people know, motherhood is anything but a rosy fairy tale filled with edible rainbows and opera-singing unicorns. Motherhood is a tough job! There are endless dirty diapers, countless skinned knees, and tantrums ranging from mild to those of epic proportions. So how does Mom keep it all together?

The truth is, sometimes, she doesn’t. There are moments when even the most seemingly invincible mother falls apart, often leaving her feeling isolated and alone. That’s why she deserves something very special this Mother’s Day…the gift of sanity.

The books listed below make great gifts and can help mom feel connected, normal, and understood. Forget roses, perfume, and wacky gardening gloves. All moms deserve the laughter, validation, and moments of “Me too” that these books provide. Titles available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book retailers.

The Mother of All Meltdowns by A Bunch of Hot Mamas Losing Their Cool: (MommiFried Press, October 2013) Featuring thirty heartwarming, humorous, and heroic tell-all tales from the trenches of motherhood, the anthology takes an honest look at the moments that bring even the strongest mama to her knees.

Minivans, Meltdowns & Merlot by Carolyn Coppola: (CC Press Inc., November 2012) Stories from an incredible group of women who forged a bond that most new mothers (or any women for that matter) would envy. Reading the stories is like having a great support group all mothers are looking for (or were lucky enough to find).

I Just Want to Pee Alone by Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat: (@throat_punch books, February 2013) Hasn’t every mother said it before? “I just want to pee alone!” A collection of hilarious essays from thirty-seven mom bloggers.

Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O’Bryant (St. Martin’s Griffin, October 2013) A no holds barred look at the day to day life of being a mother, running a household, and the everyday monotony of parenting. It’s not always pretty but it’s real.

I Heart My Little A-Holes by Karen Alpert: (Baby Sideburns, October 2013) Full of hilarious stories, lists, thoughts, and pictures that will make you laugh so hard you’ll wish you were wearing a diaper.

Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) by Jill Smokler: (Gallery Books, April 2013) From the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and writer of the blog ScaryMommy.com, is a hilarious new essay collection that exposes the “vicious lies” that every parent is told.

Moms Who Drink and Swear by Nicole Knepper: (NAL, April 2013) Rants and raves about caring for children (without crushing their souls), family togetherness (without too many tears), the saving grace of girlfriends (and vodka), and love and marriage (and all the baggage that goes with them).

Stripping Away the Insanity of Life and Parenthood! by Tanya Masse: (Comic Strip Mama Enterprises Inc., November 2013) Filled with sass, humor, inspiration, and comics that will inspire you to live, love, learn, and laugh even when you feel like you are losing your mind!

Suburban Haiku by Peyton Price: (Running Press, March 2014) Every haiku is a 17-syllable catharsis—capturing the frustration and elation of daily suburban motherhood. Topics, or rather, targets, range from boring PTA meetings and kids’ sports to the elusive spa day, and everything in between.

Then I Became a Mother by Robin Kramer: (Byrne Publishing, LLC, November 2013) Enjoy your time as a mom by simply loving your kids. Candid, humorous, and touching, an uplifting read for moms in all stages of motherhood.

Moms Are Nuts by Amy Vansant: (Vansant Creations, April 2014) Emmy winners, magazine editors, comedians, TV personalities, bestselling authors, and social media superstars team up to bring you a laugh-out-loud book not about being a mom, but about having a mom, grandmom, or mom-figure.

Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Karen Moline: (Abrams Image, September 2012) The ultimate parenting guide, written by four moms who have seen it all. As hilarious as it is universal, each chapter presents a common parenting scenario with advice on how to get through it in the easiest and most efficient way possible.