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Books in this category include stories about kinds of families and activities that families do, such as celebrating holidays, adopting children and communicating across generations.
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1.   1-2-3 A Family Counting Book
Bobbie Combs (Author), Danamarie Hosler (Illustrator)
This book introduces numbers one through twenty while also introducing same-sex headed families and racial diversity to young children.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
 
2.   A Christmas Guest
David LaRochelle (Author), Martin Skoro (Illustrator)
An unexpected guest visits a young boy and his mother on Christmas Eve.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
3.   A Matter of Pride
Written by
Emily Crofford
This book is about a young girl and her relationship with her mother. She later learns about the courgae and strength that she never knew her mother had.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
4.   Abby
Jeannette Franklin Caines (Author), Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
A young girl recalls her adoption by looking through her baby pictures and asking her mother and brother questions.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
5.   ABC: A Family Alphabet Book
Bobbie Combs (Author), Desiree Keane (Illustrator), Brian Rappa (Illustrator)
This book teaches the alphabet to young children while exposing them to different and diverse kinds of families and people.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
 
6.   Adoption Is For Always
Judith Friedman (Illustrator), Linda Walvoord Girard (Author)
An adopted girl is helped by her new parents to understand that there are all kinds of families.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
7.   All Families Are Different
Sol Gordon (Author), Vivien Cohen (Illustrator)
This nonfiction picture book reassures students that there is no such thing as "normal" when it comes to families, and that family differences should be celebrated. The author touches upon a wide range of family differences and issues including adoption, multiracial families, foster care, religion and same sex headed families.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
8.   All Families are Special
Norma Simon (Author), Teresa Flavin (Illustrator), Kathy Tucker (Editor)
Students in Mrs. Mack's class describe their families--big or small, living together or apart, with two moms or none--and learn why every family is special and important.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
9.   All Kinds of Families
Joe Lasker (Illustrator), Norma Simon (Author)
A book that shows the many patterns of family life.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
10.   An African Princess
Lyra Edmonds (Author), Annie Wilson (Illustrator)
This is a story about a girl of mixed race discovering her family history and identity. Lyra is told by her family that she is an African Princess. But when she tells her school friends, they don't believe her. It is only when she flies to the vibrant Caribbean to visit her Taunte May that she discovers her own history.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
11.   And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson (Author), Peter Parnell (Author), Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Based on a true-life penguin family living in New York City's Central Park Zoo, this is the story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins that cuddle and share a nest like the other penguin couples. When all the others start hatching eggs, they want to be parents, too, and bring an egg-shaped rock back to their nest to care for. A watchful zookeeper decides they deserve a chance at having their own family and gives them an egg in need of nurturing. A daughter, Tango, arrives soon after and the three can still be seen at the zoo today.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
12.   Antonio's Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio
Rigoberto Gonzalez (Author), Cecilia Conception Alvarez (Illustrator)
Mother's Day is coming soon, and Antonio is excited to make cards for both his mother and her partner, Leslie. But he's not sure what to do when his classmates make fun of Leslie, an artist, who towers over everyone and wears paint-splattered overalls. As Mother's Day approaches, Antonio must choose whether - or how - to express his connection to both of the special women in his life.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
13.   Asha's Mums
Rosamund Elwin (Author), Michele Paulse (Author), Dawn Lee (Illustrator)
Asha is an African-Canadian girl who has two Mums. Her teacher is bothered by this but her classmates assure her that having two Mums is no big deal because they are a family.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
14.   Belinda's Bouquet
Leslea Newman (Author), Michael Willhoite (Illustrator)
In this story, Belinda is taught to accept her weight and Daniel is taught to accept his two mothers. They realize that everyone and every family is different, like a garden of flowers.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
15.   Best Best Colors
Eric Hoffman (Author), Eida de La Vega (Adapter), Celeste Henriquez (Illustrator)
This book teaches children about all different types of family structures. "Best Best Colors" describes an African American child and his life with his two mothers.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
16.   Big Brother Dustin
Carol Carter (Illustrator), Alden Carter (Author), Dan Young (Illustrator)
A young boy with Down Syndrome helps his family prepare for the birth of his new born sister. Dustin comes up with a perfect name for his new sister.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
17.   Black Is Brown Is Tan
Arnold Adoff (Author), Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
First published in 1973, this book marked the first acknowledgment of an interracial family in children's book publishing. The author uses lyrical text--an African American mother, "the skin color of chocolate," and a Caucasian father, "who's skin is not white, but light in color with tans and pinks and all the colors of the rainbow,"--to paint a portrait of a loving and natural family setting. McCully has updated the illustrations with watercolor paintings to show the brown-skinned momma, the white daddy, and the two children in a 21st-century setting.
[Grade Level: 1 - 3]
 
18.   Boundless Grace
Mary Hoffman (Author), Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
When Grace gets the opportunity to go to Africa and visit with her father and his new family, she feels a little strange. But Nana says families are what you make them, and Grace is going to make the most of hers! Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch bring their spunky heroine to life in this sequel to "Amazing Grace."
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
19.   Carolyn's Story: A Book About an Adopted Girl
Written and Photographed by
Perry Schwartz
The story of nine-year old Carolyn, who was adopted from Honduras when she was a baby, told in her own words, illustrated with photographs.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
20.   Cooper's Lesson
Sun Yung Shin (Author), Kim Cogan (Illustrator)
This is a story about identity and intergenerational friendship, featuring a young biracial boy, written in both English and Korean. Cooper, who has a Korean mother and a white, American father, is called "half and half" by his cousin. With his mixed heritage, the boy doesn't know where he fits in. When he goes to the Korean grocery, he is overwhelmed by a language of which he knows very little. He concludes that Mr. Lee, the owner, is laughing at him. In retaliation, Cooper shoplifts a brush for his mother. Caught in the act, he must work off his debt and learns that Mr. Lee's life in the United States has been difficult because of the language barrier. The man also listens to Cooper's frustrations. Eventually, the two come to a better understanding of their own and one another's problems.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
21.   Daddy's Roommate
Written by
Michael Willhoite
A young boy’s divorced father now lives with his boyfriend. He discusses how his father and his new roommate share life with one another.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
22.   Daddy's Wedding
Written by
Michael Willhoite
In this sequel to “Daddy’s Roommate”, Nick is asked to be the best man at his father’s and Frank’s wedding. In this story, Nick talks about the gathering of family and friends, the food and the ceremony.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
 
23.   Do I Have a Daddy? A Story about a Single-Parent Child
Jeanne Warren Lindsay (Author), Jami Moffett (Illustrator)
Eric's mother helps him understand the fact that she and his father were never married.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
24.   Dounia
Written by
Natacha Karvoskaia
A child who is traveling from a foreign country has many questions for her adoptive parents but is too afraid to ask.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
 
25.   Everett Anderson's Nine Month Long
Lucille Clifton (Author), Ann Grifalconi (Illustrator)
A little boy and his family are excited and begin to prepare for the birth of a new memeber of their family.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
26.   Facing Down the Tough Stuff
Written by
Jacqueline L. Harris
Young authors with learning disabilities, serious illness, blended families and friendship struggles share their stories. The end of the book includes teaching ideas and discussion questions.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
27.   Families Are Different
Written and Illustrated by
Nina Pellegrini
An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
28.   Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment and Love
Written by
Aylette Jenness
Photographs and text depict the lives of 17 families.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
29.   Fat Chance Thanksgiving
Patricia Lakin (Author), Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
When their apartment burns down and they move to a much smaller place, Mama tells Carla they can't have a big Thanksgiving feast like the Pilgrims in Carla's book, but Carla figures out a way to make that happen.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
30.   Felicia's Favorite Story
Leslea Newman (Author), Adriana Romo (Illustrator)
Felicia’s favorite bedtime story is about how she was adopted by her two mothers from Guatemala.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
 
31.   First Day in Grapes
L. King Perez (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
First Day in Grapes tells the story of Chico, a young boy and his family, migrant workers who move up and down the state of California. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts a new school. Often Chico gets picked on because he’s always “the new kid” and because he speaks Spanish sometimes. The story focuses on Chico’s first day of third grade at a new school- things are a little different this time. Chico learns to be proud of his abilities in math and to stand up for himself when some other students bully him and make fun of his heritage. Also in Spanish, as "Primer Dia en Las Uvas."
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
32.   From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Written by
Jacqueline Woodson
Melanin Sun's mother, an African-American woman, tells him that she is in love with a white woman. Melanin feels confused and upset as he tries to understand issues about sexuality, racial identity and love.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
 
33.   Gloria Goes to Gay Pride
Russell Crocker (Illustrator), Leslea Newman (Author)
While marching in the gay pride parade with her two mothers, Gloria sees many familiar faces and learns that "love is the most important thing of all." Some people along the parade route hold signs that say, "Gays go away." One of Gloria's mothers explains to her that some people don't think two women or two men should love each other, but that the parade is held to help ensure that all people can feel pride in who they are.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
34.   Growing Up Biracial: Trevor's Story
Bethany Kandel (Author), Carol Halebian (Photographer)
Ten-year-old Trevor Sage-el describes his life at home and at school, his feelings about being the son of a white mother and a black father, and what he likes and does not like about being biracial. “Sometimes people ask me, ‘What are you?’,” observes Trevor. “I usually answer, ‘Human.’ I have friends of all colors. I don’t want to have to choose between black and white. I’m both, and I like it.”
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
35.   Guji Guji
Written and Illustrated by
Chih-Yuan Chen
Out of an egg that has rolled into Mother Duck's nest hatches a crocodile, Guji Guji, who happily grows up as a duck along with his "brothers," Crayon, Zebra and Moonlight, and only slowly figures out how different he is. Despite their differences, Mother loves all her offspring—even her adopted Guji Guji—the same When three duck-hungry crocodiles make fun of Guji Guji's ways and try to tempt him into betraying his family, he learns a lesson about appreciating families and differences.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
36.   Heather Has Two Mommies
Leslea Newman (Author), Diana Souza (Illustrator)
Heather feels bad in her playgroup because she is the only one with two mommies. She comes to realize that the only thing that is important is that a family loves eachother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
37.   Holly's Secret
Written by
Nancy Garden
Twelve-year old Holly decides to take on a new identity because she does not want the kids in her new town to know that her parents are gay. Holly becomes more and more wrapped up in her lies, and finds that keeping her two moms a secrets is no easy task.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
38.   Hope
Isabell Monk (Author), Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)
After someone asks whether she's "mixed", second-grader Hope, a biracial child, wonders what that means. Her great aunt assures her that as the child of a white father and an African-American mother, she represents "generations of faith mixed with lots of love.” As she listens to Aunt Poogee recount her family’s history and the story behind her name, Hope learns to feel proud of her biracial heritage and how to handle questions about her racial status in the future.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
39.   How Butterbees Came to Bee!
Tania Bloch (Author), Lana Grimm (Author), David Michener (Illustrator), Donna Michener (Author)
When Bonnie Bee and Benny Butterfly fall in love and marry, they risk the disapproval of others because they are different. But their offspring share the gifts of both species and encourage readers to embrace differences.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
40.   How My Family Came to Be - Daddy, Papa and Me
Andrew R. Aldrich (Author), Mike Motz (Illustrator)
Features a young African-American boy who tells the story of how he was adopted by his two gay fathers when his birth mother became too sick to care for him. He describes his life with his parents, his grandmother, his friends, his teacher, and all the other people who love him and make his life special.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
41.   I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
Rose Lewis (Author), Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
42.   I Won't Go without a Father
Muriel Novella Stanek (Author), Eleanor Mill (Illustrator)
At Steve's school they are having an open house for the mothers and fathers. Steve is nervous for open house because he has no father.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
43.   It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear
Vicki Lansky (Author), Jane Prince (Illustrator)
Koko Bear learns the meaning of divorce, how to deal with the changes and talk about her feelings, and she learns that the divorce is not her fault. Each page includes tips for adults.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
44.   Kimchi and Calamari
Written by
Rose Kent
When his eighth-grade class is assigned to write about their ancestors' journey to America, Joseph Calderaro has a problem. Joseph was adopted from Korea and his parents are raising him in their Italian-American tradition. Though his favorite foods are calamari and eggplant parmesan, Joseph begins to wonder about his Korean heritage. His parents have no information to share and, frustrated, Joseph makes something up, passing off a famous Korean athlete as his grandfather. After his essay is chosen for submission to a national contest, Joseph must come clean.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
 
45.   Lucy Goes to the Country
Joseph Kennedy (Author), John Canemaker (Illustrator)
Lucy is an adventuresome cat who embarks on a trip from New York City to the countryside with her two “Big Guys”. While on this journey, she discovers the importance of family and different types of same-sex headed families.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
46.   Lucy's Family Tree
Written by
Karen Halvorsen Schreck
An adopted schoolgirl struggles with her feelings when assigned by her teacher to construct a family tree.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
47.   Mama, Do You Love Me?
Barbara Joosse (Author), Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator)
A young child wants to know if his mother's love is unconditional and forever.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
48.   Meow Means Mischief
Ann Whitehead Nagda (Author), Stephanie Roth (Illustrator)
A young girl describes her move to a new neighborhood, the arrival of her not-so-favorite grandparents from India, and her adoption of a stray kitten.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
49.   Milly, Molly and Special Friends
Gill Pittar (Author), Cris Morrell (Illustrator)
Milly and Molly and special friends happily share their feelings, lying in the long grass on a summer day, a sincere tale of friendship and acceptance.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
50.   Mom and Mum are Getting Married
Ken Setterington (Author), Alice Priestley (Illustrator)
When Rosie’s two moms tell her about their decision to get married, she is disappointed that the small celebration planned will not afford her the opportunity to be a bridesmaid or flower girl. Rosie finds another option—she and her brother will carry the rings—and a happy wedding ensues. Marriage of same-sex couples is normalized and celebrated in this story without the issue ever being explicitly raised as contentious or a matter of right and wrong.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
51.   Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story
Shawn Costello Brownell (Illustrator), Carol Antoinette Peacock (Author)
A young girl, who was born in China, describes the family that adopted her and tries to sort out her feelings about her unknown birth mother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
52.   Mother for Choco
Written and Illustrated by
Keiko Kasza
Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn't meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn't even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she's his mother—but then she starts to do just the things a mommy might do. And when she brings him home, he meets her other children—a piglet, a hippo, and an alligator—and learns that families can come in all shapes and sizes and still fit together.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
 
53.   Mother’s Day
Anne F. Rockwell (Author), Lizzy Rockwell (Illustrator)
The children in Mrs. Madoff's multicultural classroom share all the ways they'll be celebrating Mother's Day, such as making beignets in powdered sugar, hiking to the top of a mountain, and going to the biggest museum in the city. Rockwell introduces a variety of children, representing many ethnic and family backgrounds, including a single mom and a grandmother who is raising her deceased daughter-in-law's child.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
54.   Muslim Child: Understanding Islam Through Stories and Poems
Rukhsana Khan (Author), Patty Gallinger (Illustrator)
Several short stories, poems, readings from the Qur'an, and a recipe, tell about Muslim children from a variety of backgrounds and places.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
55.   My Mother's House, My Father's House
C.B. Christiansen (Author), Irene Trivas (Illustrator)
A child explains what it is like to live in two different houses. One house is her mother's house and the other house is her father's house.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
56.   My Two Uncles
Written by
Judith Vigna
A young child's grandfather has trouble accepting the fact that his son is gay.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
57.   One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads
Johnny Valentine (Author), Melody Sarecky (Illustrator)
Two children, one with blue dads and one from a more traditional family, compare their fathers and realize that they aren’t so different after all.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
 
58.   Primer Dia en Las Uvas
L. King Perez (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Primer Dia en Las Uvas (First Day in Grapes) tells the story of Chico, a young boy and his family, migrant workers who move up and down the state of California. Every September they pick grapes and Chico starts a new school. Often Chico gets picked on because he’s always “the new kid” and because he speaks Spanish sometimes. The story focuses on Chico’s first day of third grade at a new school- things are a little different this time. Chico learns to be proud of his abilities in math and to stand up for himself when some other students bully him and make fun of his heritage. Originally written in English.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
59.   Saturday is Pattyday
Leslea Newman (Author), Anette Hegel (Illustrator)
Frankie is hurt when his two mothers get a divorce. Through this story he realizes that he will still be loved.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
60.   Sometimes a Family Has to Split Up
Robert Switzer (Author), Jane Watson (Author)
Different kinds of families are featured as a boy's parents split up.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
61.   Tall Boy's Journey
Joanna Halpert Kraus (Author), Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
A young boy must leave his home in Korea to come live with his adoptive parents in the United States, a country he finds strange and uncomfortable.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
62.   Thanksgiving at Obaachan's
Written by
Janet Mitsui Brown
A young girl describes the Thanksgiving celebration at her grandmother's house and the things that make it her favorite holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
63.   The Best Single Mom in the World
Written by
Mary Zisk
A girl tells how her mother decided to become a single parent and traveled overseas to adopt her and describes their happy life as a family.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
64.   The Generous Jefferson Bartleby Jones
Forman Brown (Author), Leslie Trawin (Illustrator)
A young boy shares his family with friends.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
65.   The Rabbits’ Wedding
Written and Illustrated by
Garth Williams
The reissue version of this 1950s classic tells the sweet story of two little rabbits who plan a wedding and live “happily ever after in the friendly forest.” It became the subject of controversy because it dealt with the marriage of a black to a white rabbit, and was removed from circulation in some locales for promoting racial integration. Though the book was never intended to be about race (Williams created rabbits of different colors so his young readers could tell the two apart), it can be used to normalize and celebrate interracial relationships.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
66.   Two Moms, the Zark, and Me
Written by
Johnny Valentine
A boy is brought to the zoo by his two moms, where he meets a Zark. This Dinosaur defends and preaches acceptance of their family arrangement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
67.   Uncle What-Is-It Is Coming To Visit!!
Written by
Michael Willhoite
A brother and sister learn that their gay uncle is coming to visit. Their friends explain to them what “gay” means, through stereotyping before their mother could explain the true meaning, but when their uncle arrives they realize that what their friends had told them were false.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
68.   We Wanted You
Liz Rosenberg (Author), Peter Catalanotto (Illustrator)
The loving voices of a child's parents tell the story of an adoption, from waiting to meet the baby for the first time through the growth of a family.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
69.   Welcoming Babies
Margy Burns Knight (Author), Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator)
This book describes the different ways that various cultures welcome newborn babies into the world.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
70.   Who's in a Family
Robert Skutch (Author), Laura Nienhaus (Illustrator)
Family structures, both human and animal, are discussed and pictured.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
71.   Your Family, My Family
Isaac Drescher (Author), Joan Drescher (Illustrator)
This book describes different kinds of families.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
72.   Zack's Story: Growing Up With Same-Sex Parents
Keith Elliot Greenberg (Author), Carol Halebian (Illustrator)
An eleven-year old boy, Zack, describes his life with his lesbian mother and his “second mother.” Zack mentions how he deals with uncomfortable situations, such as when people make mean comments about gays.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
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