Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite YA Moms

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to talk about my favorite moms and mother figures in young adult books. There are a lot of wonderful fictional moms out there, so it was tough to narrow this list down!

1. The mother from Kwame Alexander’s Booked.

As far as I can recall, the name of Nick’s mom is never mentioned in this book. She’s very involved in her children’s lives, though, and wants nothing more than to see them succeed in life. I loved seeing their relationships grow over the course of the plot.

2.  Maura Sargent from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys.

What I liked most about Maura was how much freedom she gave her daughter, Blue, to make her own choices even if they weren’t always what Maura would have done herself. She respected her child’s right to grow up and become an independent person. In this case, that was the best possible thing she could have done.

3. Kat Hall from Gayle Forman’s If I Stay. 

We don’t get to see as much her in this book as I would have liked, but I adored the close and loving relationship she had with her kids almost as much as I did the fact that Kat was a punk rocker when she was young.

4. Mama from JaNay Brown-Wood’s Imani’s Moon

Once again, this was another story where the mother’s name wasn’t mentioned from what I can recall. It was such a sweet story, though. I loved the fact that Mama was so supportive of Imani’s desire to jump up high enough to touch the moon. The ending was beautiful as well.

5.  Frannie Lancaster from John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

There are a million different reasons why I keep recommending this book to everyone over and over again, but Frannie is by far one of the biggest ones. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to hear that your child has an incurable form of cancer, but Frannie was so brave and strong. She couldn’t have been a better mom to Hazel.

6. Marilla Cuthbert from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.

Marilla’s transformation into Anne’s mother-figure in this series was beautiful. The first time I read it, I never would have guessed that these characters would become a family or that they would have such a positive effect on each other. It makes me tear up every time I reread this tale and see how it all fell in place.

7. Mrs. Frisby from Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.

This is something I’d recommend to kids and adults alike. Mrs. Frisby is such an attentive mother. I especially loved the scenes that described how she found food for her little family. Not only were they unbelievably cute, they were full of examples of how far she would go to feed her babies.

8. Mimi and Carol from Dana Alison Levy’s This Would Make a Good Story Someday.

The cross-country train trip in this tale is hilarious. I also love the way the main character’s moms talk to their kids. They’re embarrassing sometimes like every parent can be, but they’re also really loving and interested in what’s happening in their children’s lives.

9. Betty from Gabrielle Zevin’s Elsewhere.

The afterlife in this universe is one where you age backwards after you die. Once you become a newborn again, you are sent back to earth to live out another lifetime.

Liz, the main character, died in an accident at the age of 15. It’s up to her grandmother, Betty, to help her adjust to her death and enjoy the afterlife until she’s ready to be sent out again. Betty was everything a mother figure should be: loving, firm, understanding, and always ready to give her granddaughter another chance. I absolutely adored their relationship, and I didn’t want their tale to end.

10. Molly Weasley from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. 

 Not only was she warm and nurturing to all seven of her biological kids, she took Harry under her wing and looked after him like he was her long-lost eight child from the very first time they met at Platform 9 and 3/4. She was by far my favorite adult character in this series because of how kind she was to Harry.  If only she could have raised him from the beginning!

 Who are some of your favorite moms in the young adult genre?


  1. Aside from Molly Weasley, the only one I knew myself was Maura, so this was really interesting. And I’m guessing sort of difficult, or is it just me who find parental figures often negative or missing from many YA books?

    I have so many Maura-feels!

    • Astilbe says:

      Yes, it is difficult to think of parents in YA books who aren’t dead, negative, or missing. It took me a while to write this post because of that. I don’t know why this is common in this genre, but I hope it changes soon.

      I hope you give some of the other books a try. I think you’ll really like them. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      • I noticed this trend too, the missing moms and thought to myself why are all the moms dead, Disney! Why? and then thought to my own life and well, it happens (lost my own mom) so I personally thinl it’d be hypocritical of me to criticize.

  2. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH- I loved that one! And yes Mrs. Frisby was pretty awesome. 🙂

  3. Maura Sargent reminds me a lot of my mom 🙂 Great list!

  4. I love Maura Sargent, totally agree with what you said about her. And Molly Weasley is probably my favourite fictional mother ever.
    My TTT:

  5. Great list! Molly Weasley made my list as well. I can’t believe I forgot Marilla – she’s a favorite of mine too.

    • Astilbe says:

      Thanks, Suzanne. I hesitated a bit when it came to including Marilla since she wouldn’t even let Anne call her “Aunt” at first, but their relationship really blossomed after that.

  6. Great list! I hadn’t heard of many of these! I haven’t read much YA so I can’t think of any to add, but love the ones you listed.

    • Astilbe says:

      Thank you, CJ. I hope you’ll give some of the books on my list a try if you ever decide to read more YA.

  7. Yea, for another Mia’s Mom

  8. If only Molly could have raised Harry from the beginning! That just made me tear up a bit. Great list!

  9. I’ve read several of these and have to agree! Thanks for stopping by my TTT! I’m super glad I joined!

    • Astilbe says:

      You’re welcome, Molly. I’m happy to be part of TTT as well. It’s such a fun thing to do.

  10. Maura and Molly are a couple of my favorites, too! 🙂

  11. Awesome list!
    Molly Weasley is a great pick! She is on my list too.

    • Astilbe says:

      Thanks, Lisa. I think I saw Molly on almost every TTT list this week. It’s kind of funny, but we’re in good company. 🙂

  12. Oh, I adore Marilla.
    And Mrs. March from Little Women is wonderful too.

  13. “This Would Make a Good Story Someday” sounds like so much fun!!

  14. As you know from my list, I love Molly Weasley too 🙂 But sadly I haven’t read any of the other books.

  15. Yes!! I love your answers! I haven’t read Anne of Green Gables before but with the new Netflix show just coming out I have had some motivation to pick it up.

    Great picks!

    • Astilbe says:

      Thank you. I’ve read that the series is a darker take on the books. I hope you’ll give the books a try if you like the series!

  16. Marilla was such an amazing mom, especially considering that she never intended to be one! I was convinced she would hate Anne’s frivolity forever, but Anne has a way of making everyone soft and happy 😊

    • Astilbe says:

      Yes, I had the same thoughts the first time I read Anne of Green Gables. They ended up being wonderful influences on each other, though.

  17. Mariela says:

    I have been wanting to read the Raven Boys !
    Thanks for stopping to our TTT~

  18. I couldn’t help but include Molly Weasley! She’s such a fabulous mother.

  19. I agree with you about Molly Weasley…she doesn’t have much but will do anything for her kids. Good choice! Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  20. I totally forgot about Marilla from Anne of Green Gables when I was making my list! She was one of the many reasons why I loved those books so much. Thinking about them now makes me want to do a re-read 🙂 Great list!

    • Astilbe says:

      Thank you. So glad you liked it.

      I reread the Anne Shirley books every few years. It’s an entertaining experience for sure. There are still times when I catch small details that I hadn’t noticed before.

  21. Aw lots of good mamas. It’s always nice to see strong parents in books. 🙂

  22. I love that you mentioned Kat from If I Stay! I would have never thought of her for this topic but you’re right, she really is a wonderful mother! Lovely list 🙂

  23. I loved Frannie Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars. It is one of my favorite books, too. I can still remember all the emotions this made me feel. 🙂

  24. There are so many good suggestions on this list! I particularly love the mother from If I Stay! I’ve also heard great things about the book Elsewhere. Seeing it on your blogpost is making it even more tempting to pick it up for a read. ^.^

  25. I loved Mia’s mother as well – she had a great relationship with her kids. Molly Weasley and Frannie Lancaster were amazing too. Haven’t read any of the other books on your list but I want to read The Raven Boys sometime!

  26. I LOVE Molly so much!! She’s such a precious parent and how she just adopts anyone who needs it. <3 And I didn't even know Hazel's mum had a name, so that's awesome to know.😂 I love how supportive/loving she was too omgggg such good parents on this list. I LOVE IT.

    • Astilbe says:

      What a nice comment, Cait. Thanks for dropping by.

      Molly is definitely a wonderful mom. It was wonderful to see her take Harry under her wing as soon as she realized he needed some mothering.

      Hazel’s mom was great, too.

  27. Darlene says:

    What a great list! Mrs. Weasley was on my list as well. Maura and Mrs. Frisby are also great choices!

    • Astilbe says:

      Thank you. I appreciate that.

      And I think almost everyone picked Mrs. Weasley this week. It’s pretty funny! 😀

  28. Yay for Frannie, Kat and Marilla! All wonderful women, and I particularly love that Marilla is being spotlighted on some of these lists. That’s lovely especially as she’s such a memorable character. 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  29. Yes to all of these! Molly Weasley is one of the best fictional moms of all time, and I don’t think any list about fictional mothers would be complete without her. And Frannie Lancaster is such a great mom too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3

  30. You’ve got such a nice diverse selection here! A mom for everyone… Well done!!

    Sorry that I only get to pop in now….

  31. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my TTT. I found your comment in the spam!! In fact it would have been lost forever but I was looking for a specific comment… I’m so glad I found it… Maura Sargent from The Raven Boys for sure is an excellent mom! And Mrs. Frisby!! I loved that book growing up and scoured the library for another book like it to no avail… of course there are the Redwall books now… great post!

    • Astilbe says:

      You’re welcome, Dani. I’m glad you found that comment in your spam folder and that you liked this post. Thanks for stopping by.

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