Top Ten Best Mothers In Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Mother’s Day freebie. I decided to go with some of the best mother’s in literature…so here goes!

Marmee- Mrs March- Little Women- How can you not love her? She cares for her four girls so much and is just a wonderful human being ❤

Molly Weasley- Harry Potter– Adorable woman! I love her feisty spirit and devotion to her family.

Lily Potter- Harry Potter– We don’t read nearly enough about her, but from what we do see, we know that she and James loved Harry immensely.

Rosa Hubermann- The Book Thief– A fierce lady but definitely kind at heart.

Mother- The Railway Children- She cares for her children despite the madness going on with her husband.

Natalie Prior- Divergent– Another woman I adore. She tries to protect her children no matter what.

Rosaleen- The Secret Life of Bees– Rosaleen may not be Lily’s mother, in fact, she’s her maid, but she cares for Lily as if she was her own child.

Ma- Room– Ma does everything she can to protect Jack. She devises a plan for them to escape as she wants the best for Jack!

Marilla- Anne of Green Gables– She may not be mother to Anne by birth, but she’s a wonderful adopted mother despite a rocky start.

Romy’s mum- All The Rage– Romy’s mum and boyfriend are supportive throughout the story. I love reading about carers who are actually there for their children.

What did you pick for your Mother’s Day freebie this week? It may not be Mother’s Day in the U.K. but it’s never the wrong time to celebrate mothers!


The Railway Children: Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit


How did I get it?: Downloaded free for my Kindle.


When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet.

However, they soon come to love the railway that runs near their cottage, and they make a habit of waving to the Old Gentleman who rides on it. They befriend the porter, Perks, and through him learn railway lore and much else. They have many adventures, and when they save a train from disaster, they are helped by the Old Gentleman to solve the mystery of their father’s disappearance, and the family is happily reunited.


I can’t emphasise how much I loved this book and film adaptation when I was younger. It was a pleasure to re-read. It’s just such a charming, old school book. What I mean by that, is that it’s an old-fashioned book compared to children’s books today.

Way before Roald Dahl and J.K.Rowling (who I of course, love!) there was a brilliant children’s literature writer, E.Nesbit. She was most famous for writing this book. Her books were written a century ago, but I still think hold relevance today. They feature such universal themes. Her characters are easily likeable and I think easy for children to identify with. The story is told in such a simple, but not patronising way. It’s full of action and adventures. It was as enjoyable to read it as an adult as it was to read it as a child. This is a book that I shall definitely revisit in the future.

I was pleased to recall that the film adaptation stays quite faithful to the book. That’s always a pleasure as a book lover!

To read Beth’s review, visit her blog HERE

Would I recommend it? Without a doubt

Look out for our list of 12 new Kid-Lit books for 2014!