Five Fictional Moms We Want to Adopt Us (And Three We Don’t)

Five Fictional Moms We Want to Adopt Us (And Three We Don’t)

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Mother’s Day is around the corner and it has us here at Bookish not only thinking of the incredible real women who have shaped our lives, but the literary ones as well! We asked our team to share the fictional mom they’d most want to adopt them—and the ones they wouldn’t. Take a look at our picks and then let us know which bookish moms you would and wouldn’t want to be adopted by!


Moms We Want to Adopt Us

Miss Honey
Matilda by Roald Dahl

“When I was little, I was completely obsessed with Matilda by Roald Dahl. All I wanted to do was read and read and be just as smart and well-read as Matilda was. I also loved reading about Matilda’s teacher, Miss Honey. Miss Honey is beloved at Crunchem Hall, and she welcomes Matilda into her home and gives her more challenging assignments and books to read. I was thrilled at the end of the book when Miss Honey adopted Matilda. I’m not looking to trade in my own mother, but Miss Honey seems like she’d be a wonderful maternal figure to have around. Plus, I feel like she’d have great book recommendations.” —Elizabeth

Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated by Fiona Staples

“I love the action and adventure of the Saga comic series, but at the heart of the story is family. There is nothing Alana wouldn’t do to provide a better life for her daughter. Where her husband Marko is idealistic and always seeing the good in the world, Alana is always ready to fight for the safety of her family and will do that at any cost. Over the course of the comic series, she has to go to some dark places to try and achieve that and it’s her love for her daughter and husband that pulls her back. In the story, she loses an unborn child, and it is a heartbreaking moment because she loves so fiercely. She’s a badass mother that I would 100% want to adopt me.” —Dana

Marilla Cuthbert
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“I grew up reading and watching Anne of Green Gables with my own mother (who I wouldn’t trade for anyone). Though perhaps not an obvious choice, Marilla is such a complicated character, which makes her an incredibly realistic mother figure. This depth and portrayal of genuine emotional conflict is something I appreciated as a child but now understand as an adult, and a mother.” —Tarah

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire

“My favorite myth is that of Persephone and her mother Demeter, goddess of the harvest. To me, Demeter’s relentless search for her daughter after Hades abducted her and brought her to the underworld is the epitome of motherhood.” —Myf

Sadia Ahmed
Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

“Fiction is filled with incredible mothers, but one who stands out in my mind is Sadia, a heroine in one of my favorite romance novel series. Sadia is a widow raising her six-year-old son Kareem and trying to keep their life as normal and stable as possible. As a mom, she does everything she can for her son, including working two jobs and reconciling with her parents to give him a relationship with his grandparents. But the reason I’d want her to take me under her wing is because she is never defined solely by her motherhood or her service to others. She’s a bisexual woman who embraces her identity and chases her own pleasure. She struggles with anxiety but is learning to manage it and accept that she can’t be perfect all of the time. She’s knocked down by life and gets back up over and over again. Her strength, courage, support, and heart make her not only a great mom, but a wonderful friend, sister, daughter, and partner. Not to mention being adopted by Sadia would mean getting to indulge in her beau Jackson’s delicious cooking.” —Kelly

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

“Who wouldn’t want to live in an upside-down house with a magical mother figure who can cure any childhood problem? I have vivid memories of reading the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series as a child, and it’s been a joy to revisit them with my own daughter. We love the way that Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle makes everything fun, even chores like making beds and washing dishes, and encourages kindness and imagination in every single interaction with the neighborhood children. She is dedicated to helping children learn valuable lessons about how to behave, but at the same time, allows children the space to explore—even encouraging them to dig up her backyard looking for that buried pirate treasure.” —Lindsey

Honorary Mention
Mrs. Weasley
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Every single member of our team would love nothing more than to be brought into the Weasley clan. We’d de-gnome the garden on Sundays, proudly wear our knit jumpers, and bask in the loving glow of this iconic literary family headed by a fierce matriarch.

Moms We Don’t Want to Adopt Us

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw

“Yes, this is a classic children’s book, and yes it was a memorable part of my childhood bedtime story routine. So this may be controversial, but I just can’t get over how creepy that mom is… It starts out innocently enough, singing to her sleeping baby like so many of us do. But things progress in a rather obsessive way, as she continues to sneak into her son’s bedroom at night (always waiting until he ‘was really asleep’) to pick him up and rock him, even once he’s a teenager. The illustrations literally show her crawling across the floor, army-style, to avoid getting caught. Her son eventually grows up and moves into his own house, but still can’t escape: ‘On dark nights the mother got into her car and drove across town’ to come into his bedroom—via his window with a ladder!—and crawl across the floor to pick him up and rock him while singing. The unconditional love of a mother is a magical thing, but this particular mom makes me want to run for the hills.” —Lindsey

Carol Young
After by Anna Todd

“You can’t read the book After without hating Tessa’s mother. It’s impossible to like her. Carol is a very controlling and manipulative mother with very strong traditional values that have made Tessa into a sheltered and naive girl going off to college. Carol inserts herself into her daughter’s personal life by checking in on her boyfriend way too often.” —Dana

Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm

“She convinced her husband to abandon his children and then actively attempted to murder them… it doesn’t get much more evil than that. I definitely wouldn’t want to navigate that relationship on top of the turmoil that is adolescence.” —Tarah


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