10 Favorite Book Moms and Their Words of Wisdom

Posted by Hayley on May 12, 2017
Mother's Day is traditionally about real moms—and by real, we mean the moms who had to put up with our antics in the real world—but this year, we also wanted to give a shout-out to the moms who helped raise us from the page. Did your favorite book mother make the list?

MARMEE
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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Mother of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy
Mom Wisdom: "Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!"


MOLLY WEASLEY
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Harry Potter Series
by J.K. Rowling

Mother of Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny
Mom Wisdom: Beds empty! No note! Car gone—could have crashed—out of my mind with worry—did you care?—never, as long as I've lived—you wait until your father gets home."


MAMA BEAR
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The Berenstain Bears Series
by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Mother of Brother Bear, Sister Bear, and Honey Bear
Mom Wisdom: "There's no question about it! The cubs are watching too much TV."


MA INGALLS
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Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mother to Laura, Mary, Carrie, Charles Jr., Grace, Albert, James, and Cassandra
Mom Wisdom: "We start learning the minute we're born, Laura. And if we're wise, we don't stop until the Lord calls us home."


NANNY OGG
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Discworld Series
by Terry Pratchett

Mother to Shawn, Jason, Wayne, Darren, Nev, Shirl, and many more
Mom Wisdom: "Nanny Ogg looked under her bed in case there was a man there. Well, you never knew your luck."


ANGELA MCCOURT
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Angela's Ashes
by Frank McCourt

Mother to Frank, Malachy, Oliver, Eugene, and Margaret
Mom Wisdom: "God, I didn't bring ye into the world to be a family of messenger boys."


MRS. BENNETT
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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Mother to Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia
Mom Wisdom: "Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done."


MRS. JOSEPHINE RABBIT
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Peter Rabbit Books
by Beatrix Potter

Mother to Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter Rabbit
Mom Wisdom: "Now my dears, you may go into the fields or down into the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden. Your father had an accident there. He was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."


NATALIE PRIOR
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Divergent Series
by Veronica Roth

Mother to Tris and Caleb
Mom Wisdom: "You're my daughter. I don't care about the factions. Look what they got us. Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again."


MARILLA CUTHBERT
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Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

Adopted mother to Anne
Mom Wisdom: "Good behavior in the first place is more important than theatrical apologies afterwards."


Did we miss your favorite book mom? Then tell us who she is in the comments!

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frosteye~ misunderstood firestar and spottedleaf forever~ lol i love mrs weasleys quotes especially where she kills beatrixe mrs weasley like take that bitch lol thanks good reads


message 2: by D.G. (new)

D.G. I like Mrs. Bennet making the list. :)


message 3: by Eleanor (new)

Eleanor Molly Weasley is always the best!😄


message 4: by Sara (new)

Sara frosteye a warrior clouded by his mistakes wrote: "lol i love mrs weasleys quotes especially where she kills beatrixe mrs weasley like take that bitch lol thanks good reads"

"Not my daughter, you bitch!" And yes, she is one of the greatest moms. :D


message 5: by Ashanti (new)

Ashanti Skelton Molly Weasley!!! She's the best mom on the list.
“Now, you two – this year, you behave yourselves. If I get one more owl telling me you've – you've blown up a toilet or –"
"Blown up a toilet? We've never blown up a toilet."
"Great idea though, thanks, Mum.”


message 6: by Meghan (new)

Meghan I love this list, but Albert, James, and Cassandra Ingalls were only in the TV show, not the books!

Also, I'm glad Marilla made the cut <3


message 7: by Hannah (new)

Hannah As long as Marmee was on this list, I was sure to be pleased! But then, Marilla Cuthbert was added onto it, too, and I was very happy!


message 8: by Julia (new)

Julia This is a great list! Thanks for featuring Mother's day. I've read all of them except one. I like it when books have moms in them. So many books have main characters whose moms are dead. I guess it makes them more dramatic or explains the characters' problems or something.


message 9: by Janice (new)

Janice Loved that Mrs Bennett, and have loved the various actresses that played that role.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* While I'm thinking of classics, I liked the mom in Grapes of Wrath.

Love the mother in the fun mysteries, Murder on the First Day of Christmas

Agree on Mrs. Beasley

Have to throw in Terms of Endearment


message 11: by Nadja (new)

Nadja I really like summer cutter from the Flawed/Perfect books. I think especially in the second book she is a great mum!


message 12: by Virginia (new)

Virginia This is hardly a popular
Or well known mom, but I adore Maude Gascoigne from Siddons' Colony.


message 13: by Chris (new)

Chris Meghan wrote: "I love this list, but Albert, James, and Cassandra Ingalls were only in the TV show, not the books!

Also, I'm glad Marilla made the cut <3"


That's what I thought!


Marie -The Reading Otter I wish Molly Weasley was my mom.


message 15: by Martha (new)

Martha Why not a list of "creepy" moms, like Carrie White's mom, Camille Preaker's mom, etc.?


message 16: by Martha (new)

Martha The Reading Otter wrote: "I wish Molly Weasley was my mom."

She is the best :)


message 17: by Jim (new)

Jim Chandler I'm pretty partial to my mom.


message 18: by Janet (new)

Janet I know she wasnt a mom for part of the series, but what about Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser from the Outlander series?

And Lily Potter. She taught us that when you least expect it, love will save you.


message 19: by Chris (new)

Chris Evans REALLY? Divergent made it into this? Such a god awful book shouldn't have taken the spot of so much better choices.

Better choisces
Leia Organa Solo from the Star Wars books.
Laurian from Name of the Wind.
Deanna from Red Rising
Navani Kholin from The Stormlight Archive.


message 20: by S a r a h (new)

S a r a h Wait what!? Your father was put into a pie? Those poor little bunnies.


message 21: by AnayatheUnicorn (new)

AnayatheUnicorn Molly!!!!!! Thank you for putting that quote!


Madeline (The Bookish Mutant) MOLLY WEASLEY IS THE BEST BOOK MOM OUT OF ALL OF THOSE
But dude, Muthr 06 and Conor’s mom (from A Monster Calls) are super great too!


message 23: by Stephanie (last edited May 12, 2017 01:08PM) (new)

Stephanie Fitzgerald That is beautifully quoted wisdom from Caroline Ingalls, but it came from the Little House t.v show, the 2nd episode, "Country Girls". One of my favorite Ma quotes was what she wrote in Laura's autograph album : "If wisdom's ways you wisely seek, five things observe with care: Of whom you speak, To whom you speak, and how, and when, and where." (From Little Town On the Prairie). And also for the record, Caroline Ingalls was mother to Mary Amelia, Laura Elizabeth, Carrie, Baby Frederick, and Grace. Albert, James, and Cassandra only existed on the t.v. show, never in the books.


message 24: by Tova (new)

Tova The fact that they included Mama Bear makes me so happy. The Berenstein Bears were my shit as a little kid. I loved them so much.


message 25: by Susan (new)

Susan MA JOAD. Omg. Love that woman.

And I've never read Terms of Endearment, but Shirley McClaine made me a blubbering mess in the movie.


message 26: by Chris (new)

Chris "We'll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat!"
"GEORGE!"


✎Stacey "The One Night Biter" Molly Weasly..... "Not my daughter you b***tch"


Love her... and I'm with Janet.... Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser from the Outlander series yes great mom


message 28: by Rui (new)

Rui Mateus Molly Weasley's pretty cool. But I like a different kind of mom, addressed as Mother but known as the Amyrlin Seat. Also Morgase Trakand


message 29: by Edith (new)

Edith Jane Sally Jackson mom of Percy Jackson. "If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself. I can't let a god take care of me...and my son.


message 30: by Nikita (last edited May 12, 2017 02:46PM) (new)

Nikita What about Lily Potter, Catelyn Stark or Jocelyn Fray? Plus I do think that Molly Weasley is the best fictional mom ever.


message 31: by Tamara (new)

Tamara some quotes makes me cry.... I LOVE MOM


Caidyn (he/him/his) IAmBroke wrote: "Is this what..? the 3rd time GoodReads reposts this? :s"

That's just what I was thinking.


message 33: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear Great list but um Mrs. Bennet?! Really?


message 34: by Kiani (new)

Kiani The Enchanted Library wrote: "Molly Weasley is always the best!😄"

No one can beat her mum wisdom!


message 35: by Jemma (new)

Jemma I like how Mrs. Bennet and Nanny Ogg are on this list :D

I guess Nanny is very qualified to be a favourite mum, in a vote she'd probably win due to the sheer number of children she has :)


message 36: by Catherine (new)

Catherine ✎Stacey "The One Night Biter wrote: "Molly Weasly..... "Not my daughter you b***tch"


Love her... and I'm with Janet.... Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser from the Outlander series yes great mom"



Agreed....Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser....defintely..


message 37: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward Molly Weasley and Lily Potter
Marilla Cuthbert
Anne Blythe,Mrs.Doctor Blythe


message 38: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra WoW! I have been keenly waiting for such kind of post! Thank you so much.


message 39: by Pepper (new)

Pepper What about Helen Thermopolis, Mia's mom in Princess Diaries? Or for that matter any mom from Meg Cabot's books. They are the sassiest, wittiest and most loving ever.


message 40: by Maedeh (new)

Maedeh Great!but you forget percy's mom!


message 41: by Moloch (new)

Moloch IAmBroke wrote: "Is this what..? the 3rd time GoodReads reposts this? :s"

yeah...


message 42: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri IAmBroke wrote: "Is this what..? the 3rd time GoodReads reposts this? :s"

That's what I thought. It's the same as last year's blog.


message 43: by randomfangirl (new)

randomfangirl America Singer !!


message 44: by Raiann (new)

Raiann They need to change the Harry Potter book cover to show the Chamber of Secrets. That quote is from the Chamber of Secrets, not SS as shown.


message 45: by Lara (new)

Lara I could quite easily murder Mrs Bennett if I ever met her.


message 46: by Ana (new)

Ana Molly Weasley is by far the best mom in the list. If you didn't read the books you don't know how much of a great mother she is. She unofficially adopted Harry. She was there for him in The Goblet of Fire.


message 47: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Spencer Edith wrote: "Sally Jackson mom of Percy Jackson. "If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself. I can't let a god take care of me...and my son."

Agreed! Sally put up with a lot from Percy and did a lot for him. She definitely counts.


message 48: by Chandhanaa (new)

Chandhanaa S My fav fictional mom is Sally Jackson from Percy Jackson. There are some moments I wish she was my real mom (no offence Ma it's just you get angry too much)


message 49: by allison™ (new)

allison™ Gotta love Mrs. Weasley!


message 50: by Edith (new)

Edith Jane Audrey she also put up with a lot from Gabe to protect Percy. Got to love any mom that makes sacrifices for the protection of their child (ren).


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