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Families

Cover of All Families Are Special
by Norma Simon
0807521752
2003

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.

Cover of Black Is Brown Is Tan
by Arnold Adolf and Emily Arnold McCully
0060287772
1973, 2002

When it was first published in 1973, Black is Brown is Tan featured the first interracial family in children's books. Decades later, Arnold Adoff and Emily Arnold McCully continue to offer a joyous and loving celebration of all the colors of the race, now newly embellished with bright watercolor paintings that depict a contemporary family of the twenty-first century. 

Cover of Caribou Song: Atihko Nikam
by Tomson Highway, illustrated by John Rombough
1897252617
2013

When Joe and Cody sing and dance for the caribou, something unexpected happens. A bilingual book in English and Cree.

Cover of Families
by Susan Kuklin
0786808225
2006

Children from diverse families share thoughts about their families and photographs.

Cover of Grandfather Counts
by Andrea Cheng and Ange Zhang
1584300108
2000

When her maternal grandfather comes from China, Helen, who is biracial, develops a special bond with him despite their age and language differences.

Cover of Hero Mom
by Melinda Hardin
9781477816455
2013

A tribute to moms who serve their country in the military reveals their contributions as unsung heroes who construct buildings, fly planes, drive tanks and do many other important things to make the world a safer place.

Cover of I Call My Grandma Nana
by Ashley Wolff
9781582462516
2009

Students respond, in rhyming text, to their teacher's question about what each calls his or her grandmother, offering examples of things they like to do together.

Cover of I Call My Grandpa Papa
by Ashley Wolff
9781582462523
2009

Students respond, in rhyming text, to their teacher's question about what each calls his or her grandfather, offering examples of things they like to do together.

Cover of I Wonder: Celebrating Dadd
by Doyin Richards
9781250078957
2016

What do daddies do with their children? They style hair, they carpool, they cuddle (after they look under beds for monsters). They play, they motivate, and they comfort.

Cover of Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
9780399257742
2015

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Cover of Mama's Nightingale
by Edwidge Danticat
9780525428091
2015

When Saya's mother is sent to jail as an illegal immigrant, she sends her daughter a cassette tape with a song and a bedtime story, which inspires Saya to write a story of her own--one that just might bring her mother home.

Cover of Marisol McDonald Doesn't M
by Monica Brown and Sara Palacios
9780892392353
2011

Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. To Marisol, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together. Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol can't she just choose one or the other? Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn t match. And that's just fine with her.

Cover of My Two Grandads
by Floella Benjamin and Margaret Chamberlain
9781847800602
2010

Aston's graddad Harry plays the trumpet in a brass band, while Grandad Roy plays the steel drum in a steel band. But only one band can play at Aston's summer fair at school ... Which band should Aston choose? Or can he find a way to bring everyone together? This delightful story of a mixed-race family reconciling their very different cultures is a wonderful celebration of diverse cultures. 

Cover of Niño Wrestles the World
by Yuyi Morales
9781596436046
2013

Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.

Cover of One Family
by George Shannon, illustrated by Blanca Gomez
9780374300036
2015

A family can be counted many ways in this story that introduces numbered groups from one to ten.

Cover of One of Three
by Angela Johnson
0531059553
1991

A series of candid reflections by the youngest of three sisters on her daily relationships with her older sisters and family.

Cover of One Word From Sophia
by Jim Averbeck
9781481405140
2015

All Sophia wants for her birthday is a pet giraffe, but as she tries to convince different members of her rather complicated family to support her cause, each tells her she is using too many words until she finally hits on the perfect one.

Cover of Pecan Pie Baby
by Jacqueline Woodson
9780399239878
2010

When Mama's pregnancy draws attention away from Gia, she worries that the special bond they share will disappear forever once the baby is born.

Cover of Skysisters
by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
1550746979
2000

Two contemporary Ojibway sisters explore on a quiet winter night as they wait for a visit from the SkySpirits, the aurora borealis. A perfect book to cuddle up with, the length of the text is best suited for avid listeners age 4 and up. A pronunciation guide is included at the begining for three Anishinawbe Ojibway words central to the story.

Cover of A Tale of Two Mommies
by Vanita Oelschlager
9780982636664
2011

A young boy describes to two other children how his two mommies help him with all his needs.

Cover of Tangerines and Tea, My Gra
by Ona Gritz, illustrated by Yumi Heo
0810958716
2005

Presents the letters of the alphabet using alliterative rhymes, from "apples to share in the crisp autumn air" to "zithers and guitars beneath zillions of stars."