For Mother’s Day we wanted to celebrate our favorite mothers from some of our favorite books. Upon investigating we found it a bit trickier than expected. Many of the books we’ve read either had a non-existent or negative mother figure featured. So we decided to bring in the experts. We got on the phone with high school English Teacher, Ms. Elliot, who also happens to be the mother of our Library Marketing Manager, Lily Scholz. After brainstorming for a few minutes, the ideas started flowing. Check out or top five mothers from literature below!
Margaret “Marmee” March from Little Women
Life would be stressful for the mother of any four girls, add on top of that a husband who is often away and a temper, and it would take a strong women to remain generous and kind. But that is just what Marmee did as she guided her girls through adolescence and into adulthood. She shaped their morals and provided a charitable example for them to follow.
Katie Rommely Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Despite the poverty her family lived in, Katie was not only able to become the family breadwinner but also tried hard to provide a positive childhood for her kids. While she wasn’t without her own flaws, she was determined to put her children first and worked as hard as she could to provide a better life for her family.
Angela McCourt from Angela’s Ashes
Life was tough for Angela in many ways, yet she often refused to give up hope on her family. An alcoholic husband, the death of children, and extreme poverty, all threatened to kill her spirit but she tried relentlessly to carry on and provide any hope she could for her eldest son, Frank.
Lily Potter from the Harry Potter Series
It was hard to choose between Lily Potter and Mrs. Weasley, but it’s hard to top a mother who shielded her son with her life from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Protecting her son remained Lily’s priority until her final moments. And while she died when her son, Harry, was just a baby, her loved lived on for much longer.
Ma Joad from Grapes of Wrath
One of the greatest things a mother could do is lead by example. And the example Ma Joad set was one of strength and determination. As a family they faced many obstacles but she would not let that deter them. Seen as the backbone of the family, she was consistently able to remain warm in a cold world.
Happy Mother’s Day and a special Mother’s Day shout out to Ms. Elliot!