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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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  The Bee Tree
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A grandfather teaches his granddaughter that adventures in books can be just as thrilling as real-life adventures.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Bein' With You This Way
W. Nikola-Lisa (Author), Michael Bryant (Illustrator)
Written in the form of an upbeat playground rap, this story tells about a young girl's exploration of the similarities and differences among her friends and adults in a neighboordhood park.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  Belinda's Bouquet
Leslea Newman (Author), Michael Willhoite (Illustrator)
A young girl learns that just as every flower has its own special quality, so does every person.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  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]
  The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed
Jan Berenstain (Author), Stan Berenstain (Author)
Brother bear is angry because sister bear can do "boy" things better than him. He decides to make a club with other male cubs to exclude her.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
  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]
  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]
  The Best Way to Play
Bill Cosby (Author), Varnette P. Honeywood (Illustrator)
A group of children learn that using their imaginations is the best way to play.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  Beyond the Ridge
Written and Illustrated by
Paul Goble
A Plains Indian woman experiences the afterlife.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
  The Big Bad Bully Bear
Written by
Ginnie Hofmann
Arthur and his friend, Emmy Bear, invite all the teddy bears in the neighborhood over for cake. They all join together to teach Bully Bear a valuable lesson, and Bully Bear realizes that he would rather have friends than be a bully.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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