Big or small, similar or different-looking, there are all kinds of families. Celebrate diversity with this picture book for very young children about the many faces of contemporary families. Bright photographs by National Geographic photographer Shelley Rotner capture families having fun together, enjoying all the ways they are similar and different. Some families have one parent, and some have two; some have aunts and uncles and grandparents living with them. Some have adopted children, some have children born to them. Whether they live all together or far apart, families love and care for each other. Designed to showcase the wide variety of modern families and spur discussions about young readers' own family history, this beautiful picture book is a must-have for children beginning to learn about the world and the people around them.
Preschool-Grade 2. Families is truly a celebration of diversity. Smiling faces of adults and children beam from photographs of an array of family structures: big, small, gay, straight, interracial, international, adopted, biological, single-parent, etc. Spare, direct text describes those structures in language that respects the capacity for young readers to grasp concepts of difference with ease: “Some families have children born to them. Some adopt. Some children have one parent. Some have two—a mom and a dad, or two moms or two dads.” Rotner and Kelly dig deeper, showing that people in families sometimes look alike and sometimes don’t; they can live close to each other or far apart; and some have grandparents, uncles, or pets living with them. No matter the description, people in these pictures like being together. Families should find a place in day-care centers, preschools, libraries, and homes, as it provides adults with a vehicle through which to address the beauty of difference before youngsters begin to think it is a problem.