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Book List: Family

Here is a selection of books from our collection that depicts the diversity of families and family life. We strive to include as much varied racial/cultural representation as possible, with a focus on #OwnVoices, but these lists also reflect what is available on the market. 

These titles are only a sample of what you can find in our full collection. To see more, go to Search the Collection to type any variation of family words, such as “family,”“mother,””son,”“grandmother,” or “uncle.”

A family is a family is a family

2016

by Sara O'Leary and Qin Leng

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child, with a foster mother, is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of step-siblings, and another has a new baby. As one by one, her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them -- family of every shape, size and every kind of relation -- the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, her family is special.--Publisher

Incidental

Grandpa’s girls

2011

by Nicola I. Campbell and Kim LaFave

The little girl in this story loves to visit Grandpa's farm where she and her cousins run through the fields, swing out the bar loft window and feed crab apples to the Appaloosa in the corral. They explore the root cellar and tiptoe into Grandpa's secret room to look at memories from the past.

Any Child

Mango moon

2019

by Diane De Anda and Sue Cornelison

"When a father is taken away from his family and facing deportation, his family is left to grieve and wonder about what comes next. Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband. Moving to a new house, missed soccer games and birthday parties, and emptiness are now the day-to-day norm. Mango Moon shows what life is like from a child’s perspective when a parent is deported, and the heartbreaking realities they have to face, but Maricela learns that her love for her father is sustained even though he is no longer part of her daily life." -- publisher

Oppression & Resilience

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