Mother’s Day is May 13, and this year, we Sockel brothers want to salute our mother as best we know how—by writing a blog in her honor! This is also a very exciting time for Team OverDrive, as many a stork are landing with new bundles of joy. In honor of our mom and all the expecting mothers at the office, we wanted to highlight a few titles geared towards the mothers at your “virtual library.”

First-time mothers-to-be often turn to the traditional wisdom of Heidi Murkoff’s “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” and with good reason. The title is now in its fourth edition; USA Today ranks “Expecting” among the 25 most influential books of the last 25 years. Another great “test prep” title for expecting mothers is “Your Pregnancy, Week by Week” by Glade B. Curtis, which breaks down pregnancy into bite-size chapters, one for each week. The easy-to-digest format helps new parents avoid becoming overwhelmed with information.

When we were younger, both our parents read to us constantly. While Poppa Sockel would make up his own stories, Mom tended to stick to the words on paper. One of the books she liked to read was “Are You My Mother?” This Dr. Seuss Beginner Book, by P.D. Eastman, tells the endearing tale of a little bird trying to find the mother he has lost.

Life wasn’t always just Seussian rhymes and laughter, though. Mom was a teacher, and her job didn’t end with the classroom bell. Regardless of how stress-inducing we kids might have been, Mom was always sure to teach us life lessons in loving and creative ways. In “52 Things Kids Need from a Mom,” Angela Thomas explains how it’s not the lessons we teach, but the manner in which we teach them, that matters.

Speaking of teaching, eventually it will come time for kids to head off to school. Even though it was 20 years ago, I remember my first day of Kindergarten. Heading off to school is a tough experience for moms and kids alike, and it can be hard to explain exactly what this change means. The children’s classic “The Kissing Hand” has been helping families cope with this major life change for nearly two decades. The world can be a scary place, but “The Kissing Hand” teaches us that our family will always be there to help us when times get hard.

Inevitably, there are periods in life when the hard times seem to come in rapid succession. When rain poured and thunder rolled, our mom turned into more—she became our best friend, ready with an umbrella any time dark clouds crossed our path. The relationship we built with Mom is invaluable—the kind Stuart Gustafson writes about in “Questions to Bring You Closer to Mom.” More often than not, Mom cured all that ailed, and most of the time, we didn’t even know how. Perhaps our sisters could better understand this phenomenon, as Lorraine Bodger suggests in “I’m Happy If You’re Happy.” All we boys can do is thank her as often as possible and tell the world how great of a mom we have.

Mother’s deserve appreciation all year round, and Mother’s Day is a great time to start. These mom-themed eBooks—and many others in Content Reserve—tell the tales of mothers who were, are and soon will be. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there, but mostly to our mom, who deserves the world but would rather just have a hug from her boys. And we’re happy to oblige.

Adam Sockel is a Marketing and Outreach Specialist, and Jason Sockel is a Collection Development Associate at OverDrive.

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