Some children have lots of siblings,
Some children have none,
Some children have two dads,
Some have one mom,
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and fun, positive, well-made picture books are finally popping up that celebrate this wonderful reality. The adorable animal families in Families, Families, Families! really do come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, including more familiar family types (two parent, single parent, same-sex parents), and those that aren’t as often included in family picture books, including those in which children are raised by grandparents or aunts/uncles. It also touches on families in which parents may or may not be married, which is a reflection of our very modern society in which marriage is for many couples a personal choice, rather than a societal requirement. The animal characters are just as hilariously diverse as the families they represent, and really are a joy.
I’ll be honest, the rhyming text in Families, Families, Families! isn’t the strongest I’ve ever come across, and there are some verses that just don’t really work that well. But you know what? I’m happy to overlook that because of the wonderful illustrations and the very visible love that went into crafting this charming book. Definitely a worthy addition to any collection, and a great starting point for discussions on diversity and family.
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We hope this community will grow into a great resource for parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors! Our next linkup will be Saturday, August 6th and on the first and third Saturdays of every month.
Theme Idea for August
We thought it might be fun to try having a suggested theme for the next linkup. Those who are interested in participating in the theme would have from now until the next linkup (August 6th) to write a post based around the theme and then share it with the rest of us. You do not have to focus on a given theme to participate in the linkup, but we thought it might encourage folks to explore and share new diverse books.
The theme for the August 6th linkup is … Diverse Books for Back to School. Please consider sharing a favorite book (or books) either about school / back to school or that might make a great read aloud during those first few weeks of school. We look forward to seeing your choices!
Most Clicked Post from Last Time
Our most clicked post from the previous #DiverseKidLit linkup comes from Acorn Books: Chicken Man by Michelle Edwards. This book is the winner of a National Jewish Book Award and tells the story of a character named Rody, nicknamed Chicken Man, and how his joy in his work makes everyone on the kibbutz want to try his job next. Make sure you read to the end of the post for an incredibly-tasty looking recipe for Teigelach cookies.
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