30 Books on Non-Traditional Families

Book Riot recently published a list of 30 books about non-traditional families. Today, families come in so many forms and are not necessarily defined as one mother and one father, and it’s important to teach children about the differences that exist in our society. Here are some books that you can find at the Lake Bluff Library that celebrate family dynamics. For the complete list, visit http://www.bookriot.com.

And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

Families, Families, Families – Suzanne & Max Lang
Moms, dads, sisters, brothers appear in dozens of combinations, demonstrating all kinds of nontraditional families! Silly animals are cleverly depicted in framed portraits, and offer a warm celebration of family love.

Heather Has Two Mommies – Leslea Newman
Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same.

Stella Brings the Family – Miriam B. Schiffer
Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn’t have a mom to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.

The Family Book – Todd Parr
Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way.

The Great Big Book of Families – Mary Hoffman
This fun and fascinating treasury features all kinds of families and their lives together. Each spread showcases one aspect of home life from houses and holidays, to schools and pets, to feelings and family trees.

Fred Stays with Me – Nancy Coffelt
An award-winning story that follows a young girl who turns to the one constant in her life, her dog Fred, in the face of her parents’ divorce.

In Our Mother’s House – Patricia Polacco
Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don’t accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema’s house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn’t mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be.

One Family – George Shannon
From veteran picture book author George Shannon and up-and-coming artist Blanca Gomez comes a playful, interactive book that shows how a family can be big or small and comprised of people of a range of genders and races.

Mixed Me – Taye Diggs
Mike has awesome hair. He has LOTS of energy! His parents love him. And Mike is a PERFECT blend of the two of them. Still, Mike has to answer LOTS of questions about being mixed. And he does, with LOTS of energy and joy in this charming story about a day in the life of a mixed-race child.

-Claire

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