Need a present for mom? How about a book?

Published: Sunday, May 1 2011 7:55 p.m. MDT

If you are looking for gift ideas or good reads for Mother's Day, here's a brief look at several books that have come our way:

A LIFT OR A LAUGH

"CREATED FOR GREATER THINGS," Jeffrey R. Holland, Deseret Book, $15.99

Sometimes a well-chosen thought is all we need to keep us going, and this little volume does just that. Elder Holland's insights and words of encouragement — particularly to women — are paired with inspiring images that will lift and strengthen readers. "I believe we have all been created for greater things than we can comprehend," he says. "But such accomplishments are not achieved by fierce competitiveness, calculated one-up-manship, or cold indifference to others. True greatness will always be predicated upon love, respect, compassion, dignity prayer, hard work, God."

"BEDTIME AND NAPTIME: The Simple Joys of a Mom's Life," Hilary Weeks, Deseret Book, $14.99

Whether it's recording the funny comments her 4-year-old makes, quoting favorite authors, noticing how much a teenage daughter wants to copy her mother, sharing favorite recipes, or making up new words for popular songs, Weeks hopes this book will help mothers recognize the tender mercies that make it all worthwhile. Included is a CD with seven song parodies such as "Climb Every Mountain," "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" and "My Favorite Things."

"MORNING SONG: Poems for New Parents," edited by Susan Todd and Carol Purington, St. Martin's Press, $21.99

With selections drawn from the Bible and traditional folk songs to Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, this collection is poignant, inspiring, thoughtful and fun. Divided into sections such as Beginnings, Waiting, Birth Day, Newest Child, Sleep and Song, and At Play, the poems bring forth "the cosmic and the comic, the spiritual and the pragmatic, the whimsical and the divine."

"SORRY I PEED ON YOU (and Other Heartwarming Letters to Mommy)", Jeremy Greenberg, Andrews McMeel Universal, $12.99

Picture some of those particularly embarrassing moments involving your kids — the ones that make you wonder: what in the world were they thinking? Jeremy Greenberg has the answer. His humorous "letters" are written from the first-person perspective of toddlers who feel the need to apologize or enlighten mom. For example, Re: the bathroom beautification initiative: "I have lived in this house for three years now, Mommy, and I thought it'd be nice to draw something that says a toddler is part of this community." Re: these aren't Shrek ears: "I'm eating what? Broccoli does not sound like something a toddler should be eating. … Broccoli is the yukiest substance known to kids." Expressive pictures add to the fun.

HELP AND HOW-TO

"THROUGH HIS EYES: Rethinking What You Believe About Yourself," by Virginia H. Pearce, Deseret Book, $19.99

Just as you can clean the clutter out of your closets and off your shelves, you can clean it out of your mind, says Virginia H. Pearce. Clutter is not just a physical reality, it can be a mental one, too. And many of the beliefs and fictions that clutter our minds can keep us from recognizing "Truths with a capital T." Pearce provides both inspiration and practical suggestions on how to discard the things that may be hindering our progress.

"THE MOMMY DOCS' ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND BIRTH," by Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, Alane Park, DaCapo Press, $15.95

Written by three women who are both doctors and mothers, the book provides a comprehensive guide to pretty much everything that happens from preparing for pregnancy through the "fourth trimester" after birth, with special sections on such things as high-risk pregnancies and unexpected curveballs. Also included are answers to frequently asked questions and the facts about popular myths.

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