Over the weekend my Little Man and I attended his school's book fair. Lately my little man has been *obsessed* with reading so I was very excited to pick up some new books. The event was well organized and I was thrilled when I saw that there was a table of books "recommended" by his teachers for kids in his age group. I picked up The Family Book first and within the first 4 pages I declared that this book the best kids book I have ever read, and by the end I had tears rolling down my cheeks. We brought it home and my little man has already read it about 1000 times. I cannot tell you how good it feels to see my little boy getting such an important lesson in diversity in such a way that is fun and easy for him to understand. This book truly celebrates all families and teaches kids that no family is the same, and because of that every family is special.
The text reads as follows:
Some families are big.Some families are small.Some families are the same color.Some families are different colors.All families like to hug each other.Some families live near each other.Some families live far from each other.Some families look alike.Some families look like their pets.All families are sad when they loose someone they love.Some families have a stepmom or stepdad and stepsisters or stepbrothers.Some families adopt children.Some families have two moms or two dads.Some families have one parent instead of two.All families like to celebrate special days together.Some families eat the same things.Some families eat different things.Some families like to be quiet.Some families like to be noisy.Some families like to be clean.Some families like to be messy.Some families live in a house by themselves.Some families live in a house with other families.All families can help each other be strong.There are lots of different ways to be a family. Your family is special no matter what kind it is.
This amazing book is written by a man, Todd Parr, who's "family" consists of his dog Bully. The illustrations are simple yet done in a way that even children as young as two are able to easily understand the message that the book is aiming to convey. The author has written over 30 books, each with messages of peace, love, and celebrating who you are and the uniqueness of those around us. I am so excited to start adding to our library with these awesome books.
The whole collection can be found here.