What better gift is there for mom than a good, heartfelt laugh? Here are 10 recently published or about-to-be-published parenting books that should tickle the funny bone on Mother’s Day and beyond:
The famed, funny and fake toddler who tweets with the Twitter handle “The Honest Toddler” has written a book, supervised by his mother, Bunmi Laditan. “The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting” (Scribner, $19.99) comes out May 7.
Comedienne and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Julia Sweeney has written “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother” (Simon & Schuster, $26), sharing her decision to adopt as a single woman, her adventures searching for a husband and being mistaken for her child’s grandmother.
Actress Nia Vardalos of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” fame writes about suddenly adopting a preschooler in “Instant Mom” (HarperOne, $26.99). While the book is meant for all parents, it also includes a “How to Adopt Appendix.”
Beach volleyball star Gabrielle Reece teamed up with writer Karen Karbo to pen “My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper” (Scribner, $25). She reveals how her marriage almost fell apart after four years, and writes about, among other things, her two daughters.
In “My Inappropriate Life” (Touchstone, $24.99), comic Heather McDonald, married with three children, writes about her attempts to balance fame and family time. McDonald has appeared on “Chelsea Lately” and on “After Lately,” which chronicles the cast and crew’s high-jinks.
The author of “Confessions of a Scary Mommy” returns with “Motherhood Comes Naturally (and other vicious lies)” (Gallery Books, “$15). In new essays, Jill Smokler debunks 20 myths about motherhood, including “Having Kids Keeps You Young.” Smokler is founder of ScaryMommy.com, is married to her college sweetheart and has three children.
“Don’t Lick the Minivan and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids” (Skyhorse, $24.95) is written by a Canadian mother of twins. Author Leanne Shirtliffe’s book begins in Bangkok, when Shirtliffe was pregnant, and continues in her return to suburbia. The book comes out May 22.
Chicago parenting blogger Nicole Knepper has written “Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind” (NAL Trade Paperback, $15). She addresses in humorous anecdotes about the lunacy that comes with being a parent.
“Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures” (Harlequin, $16.95) reminds readers of the hilarity of parenting. Author Amber Drusick has two boys and uses her blog crappypictures.com as a place to vent. The book compiles sketches and stories.
In “Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed” (Scribner, $25), author Glennon Doyle Melton, founder of momastery.com, writes about her three children and her husband, recounting stories of her mistakes and triumphs.