To celebrate Mother’s day we are taking a look at some of the best Mothers (or Mother figures) in literature. If we’ve missed your favourite literary Mother why not let us know in the comments below?

Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: A brilliant mother not only to her own family but to Harry as well. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

harry potter set

Abilene from The Help by Kathryn Stockett: The family’s maid, she acts as a mother to the daughter and builds up her self-esteem. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

the help

Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery : The adoptive mother of Orphan, Anne. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

anne of green gables

Marmee from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Holding the ‘Little Women’ together in their father’s absence. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

Little Women book cover

Mammy from Gone wth the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Often seen as more of a mother character to Scarlett O’Hara than her own mother. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

gone with the wind


Mrs Darling from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: Wendy, John and Michael’s mum keeps the window open, always waiting for her children to return. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

peter pan

Ma from Room by Emma Donoghue: Raising and caring for Jack despite the limitations of her confinement. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)


Mrs Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Although Mrs Bennet is not without flaws, she does everything she thinks is best for her daughters. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

Pride and Prejudice

Miss Honey from Matilda by Roald Dahl: Matilda’s parents may not completely understand her but Miss Honey certainly does, acting like a mother figure for the young girl.  (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)


Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White: Another mother who isn’t a biological one but acts as a loving and caring mother figure to Wilbur the pig. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

Charlotte's Web book cover


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