Reading can be a great pastime for moms because it can be conveniently flipped through at any moment, and it is easy to pause and start again despite constant interruptions. Here are a few great fiction and nonfiction options that all mothers can appreciate.

Cheaper By the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

This book is mostly known for being a classic movie now, but it contains a lot of wisdom for mothers. Lillian Gilbrethwas a real life woman who was one of the first female engineers to get a Ph.D. She managed to raise 13 children while making huge scientific advancements, and families everywhere can use some of her efficiency tips to run a more streamlined and effective household. In addition to being practical, this book is also a heartwarming and funny read.

The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart is a renowned homeschooling parent who has helped provide a lot of tips for parents just getting into homeschooling. However, this book will be helpful even for moms who do not homeschool. It focuses on providing children with the critical thinking skills they need to become motivated learners, but at the same time, this book also shows parents how to raise emotionally healthy children who love adventure and creativity.

Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery is internationally famous for writing the beloved classic, Anne of Green Gables, but many people are not aware that she actually continued writing stories about Anne over the decades. Book six in the series, called Anne of Ingleside, is particularly meaningful for moms. It explores Anne’s reactions to growing up and transforming into a mother while still remaining true to her own optimistic and quirky personality.

Maxed out: American Moms on the Brink by Katrina Alcorn

With all the self-help books out there telling mothers they can “have it all,” Alcorn’s book provides a refreshing take on American myths of motherhood. This honest blend of autobiography and social commentary examines just how hard it is for women to try balancing careers with being a mother, partner, and friend. It gives a lot of helpful guides while helping overextended mothers feel like they are not alone.