Favorite Moms in YA/Children’s Lit!

We here at Pub Crawl are posting on this very special Sunday to wish all moms – real and fictional – a happy mother’s day!

Good moms in children’s literature can sometimes be hard to find because, well, who doesn’t love a good orphan story! The Harry Potter series would’ve been dramatically different – and presumably non-existent – if good ‘ol Lily Potter didn’t go sacrificing herself to save little Harry. (Thanks for taking one for the team, L.P.)

The PC gang had a clear favorite and that was the mighty fierce and super lovely Molly Weasley. This matriarch had seven children (Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, Ginny) and we all totally wished Harry could’ve moved in with the Weasleys at the Burrow since Molly always took good care of him, everything from taking Harry school shopping in Diagon Alley to making sure he kept warm during the Christmas season with one of her personally knitted sweaters. This is a mother who didn’t have many Galleons to her name and lived within her means while still providing a happy childhood for all her kids. That’s some ace mothering, Molly. Oh, and good job with Fred and George because holy Hogwarts those two are something else.

P.S: She’ll totally kill to protect her children.


  • Mrs. Coulter from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
    (An odd choice, we know, we know! But I agree with J.J. and Kat who threw her name into the ring. Mrs. Coulter is certainly no Mrs. Weasley, but you gotta admire how loving she was for little Lyra and how much she wanted for her daughter.)
  • Clara’s mother in Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.
  • The Beldam from Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
  • The mother in Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
  • Rosa Hubermann from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
  • Mother in Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis.
  • Mae Tuck from Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.
  • Mrs. Quimby from the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary.
  • Grandmamma from The Witches by Roald Dahl.

Who are YOUR favorite moms in YA and children’s lit? 


8 Responses to Favorite Moms in YA/Children’s Lit!

  1. Leandra Wallace May 11 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Yay! When Mrs. Weasley gets Bellatrix is one of my fav moments in HP. Is it weird it makes me teary-eyed…? =) Great list of Moms here. I also like Clary’s mom in the Mortal Instruments. Even though she’s pretty much absent for the first three books, she did her best to keep Clary protected from her dad as she was growing up.

    • Adam Silvera May 11 2014 at 8:31 pm #

      Leandra, I love that scene too! And Clary’s mom is a really good one, even if she was K.O.ed. It’s the Lily Potter Sacrifice except she’s alive.

  2. Julie May 11 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Adam! Thanks for the NMDYB gif! Love it! <3

  3. Chris Bailey May 11 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Maybe the reason there are so few moms is because too much nurturing would put an end to adventure. Mrs. Murry from Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time lets the kids go!

  4. Gail Gauthier May 11 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Jo Bhaer in Little Men.

  5. Rowenna May 12 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Not a biological mom, and maybe more classic children’s lit than YA, but Marilla in Anne of Green Gables. I love watching that relationship develop–Marilla learning to be a parent.

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