It's a long weekend here in British Columbia...to celebrate Family Day! So, I thought it would be a great time to share some picture books that showcase diverse families.
These are seven books that are appropriate for preschool and lower elementary aged children. They show the similarities and differences in families, but most of all...they focus on love.
1) "The Great Big Book of Families" by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith is full of interesting illustrations that will be enjoyed by all children. It starts with the idea of "the traditional family" and explains that there are many ways for families to look, live and enjoy life.
2) "A Family is a Family is a Family" by Sara O'Leary and illustrated by Qin Leng features a class who talks about their families. They are all different and lovely in their own way. This is a heart warming one that shows that love is the most important ingredient.
3) "We Are Family" by Patricia Hegarty and illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft is another great book with beautiful illustrations.
4) "All Families are Special" by Norma Simon and illustrated by Teresa Flavin reminds us that although "no families are the same. All families are definitely special."
5) "One Family" by George Shannon and illustrated by Blanca Gomez showcases diverse families as a counting book. Each page includes a different family unit...from one to many!
6) "Families" by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly includes photographs of real families. It opens up discussion with the ending question..."there are many different kinds of families. What about yours?"
7) "Love Makes a Family" by Sophie Beer is a board book filled with bold and fun illustrations and showcases many diverse families.
So, those are seven FAMILY picture books.
Have you read any of these? Which book would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments!