It’s been over two weeks since we last posted—yikes! Sorry about that! To make up for it, we have an extra-special blog post for you today, and it’s all about family.
The definition of “family” is different for every person, and there are so many varied (and equally wonderful) types of families out there in the world. Some families have a mom and a dad; others only have one parent. Some have two moms, or two dads, or a grandparent. Children may have no siblings, or many; they may look alike, or not. But for all of the differences between families, there’s one thing that stays the same: families love each other! And love is the most important thing when it comes to family.
Since reading is often a family activity, reading about family can be a great way of bringing everyone together. So snuggle up with whoever you call “family” and read some of these great picture books that celebrate all of the different kinds of families in the world!
Books About Family
The Family Book by Todd Parr: Todd Parr’s trademark bold, colorful illustrations complete this book about all the differences that can be found among families—and the things that stay the same no matter what.
I Love Dad by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot: For all the dads who try their hardest for their kids. A little dinosaur describes all of the things that makes his dino dad the greatest. (I Love Mom also available.)
Mommy, Mama, and Me / Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman & Carol Thompson: These sweet, rhyming board books outline a day in the life of one child with her (or his—no gender is ever specified) same-sex parents, and all of the fun things they do together.
Living With Mom and Living With Dad by Melanie Walsh: Lift-the-flaps add bonus points to this book about a girl with divorced parents, and what it’s like to be living with Mom AND living with Dad. Sometimes it’s hard, but she knows that Mom and Dad love her no matter what!
Someday by Alison McGhee & Peter H. Reynolds: Mothers are some of the most special people in our lives! Enjoy this mother’s ode to her child and all of the things she will do, someday.
Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato: When his friend Mouse goes off to a big family reunion, Little Elliot the elephant feels so lonely all by himself—especially after seeing families of all shapes and sizes around the city. Much to his surprise, Mouse is about to show Little Elliot that you don’t have to be related biologically in order to call someone “family”!
Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat & Leslie Staub: Immigrant families face unique struggles, as demonstrated in this beautiful picture book. Saya misses her mother, who was sent away for “not having the right papers.” But her mother’s stories inspire Saya to tell a story of her own that just might help Mama come home.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell: The heartwarming true story of two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo, and the zookeeper who gave them the chance to be penguin parents to a little chick of their own.
A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams: This Caldecott Honor book follows Rosa, her mother, and her grandmother after their possessions are destroyed by a fire, and their search for a comfortable chair that the whole family can enjoy.
One Family by George Shannon & Blanca Gomez: A charming book that shows just how many things “one” can be; among them, the many different ways you can make one family.
My New Mom & Me by Renata Galindo: Adoption can be wonderful for children of all ages; it can also be a little scary! As a cat and a dog adjust to their new life together as mother and child—playing together, taking care of each other, and sometimes even arguing—they know that no matter what happens, their love for each other will last forever.
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman & Zachariah OHora: When the Bunny family finds a baby wolf on their front step, Dot is the only one who is less than thrilled. Little does Dot know that just because Wolfie looks different doesn’t mean he can’t be part of the family—and loved as such!
What Grandmas/Grandpas Do Best and What Aunts/Uncles Do Best by Laura Numeroff & Lynn Munsinger: These cleverly reversible picture books show us the best things about four very special family members. Perfect for families who want to celebrate their grandparents, aunts, and uncles!
You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan & Stephanie Graegin: An interracial couple celebrates all of their baby’s “firsts,” milestones that parents will remember no matter how much time passes.
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio & Christian Robinson: Children’s book superstars DiPucchio and Robinson team up for this heartwarming story about a puppy who, although he doesn’t look like the rest of his family, knows that he belongs with them, regardless of what anyone else might think.
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko & Sean Qualls: The true story of Richard and Mildred Loving and the Supreme Court case that made interracial marriage legal in the United States, a breakthrough for so many families then and now!
You Made Me a Mother by Laurenne Sala & Robin Preiss Glasser: A celebration of motherhood from pregnancy to birth and beyond. The bond between a mother and a child is one that can never be broken!
What are some of your favorite books about family? Tell us in the comments below!