Books About Family

This past week we did activities related to the theme ‘Families’. Here is our book list! I will relate the activities we did in a separate post.


Global Babies is a book put out by the Global Fund for Children. It is exactly what it looks like – it has pictures of babies from all over the world. It is a good start to introducing your child to different people and different cultures. The babies are all in native dress of their homeland, which is neat.

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza was a sweet surprise for me. Poor Choco doesn’t have a mother, and he wanders looking for someone who looks like him to be his mother. Someone who doesn’t look like him at all says she will be his mother, proving it’s the love that counts, not the way a person looks. I thought this would be a good book for a child who was perhaps adopted and looks different than his new family.

Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer is a sweet book about a day out with Mom. It’s apparent that the day isn’t going nearly as well as Mom would like, but Little Critter is having a blast!

I Love My Daddy by Sebastien Braun is pretty self explanatory. Daddy is very special, and we love it when Daddy spends time with us.

My Grandpa is Amazing by Nick Butterworth celebrates the Grandpas in our lives. Grandpas are pretty special – they can do all sorts of cool things and make everything fun!
From the same series as the above book, My Grandma is Wonderful celebrates Grandma. Really, there’s nothing in the world like visiting Grandma.
Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola is a very famous book. When Tommy goes to visit his Nana, he visits both upstairs and downstairs. Downstairs is where his grandmother lives, and upstairs is where his great-grandmother lives. He and his great-grandmother are very close and love spending time together. And one day, his great-grandmother dies. I got this at the library not aware that there is death in this book, but it presents it tastefully and this book may be a good choice to read to a child when a grandparent passes away.

Clifford’s Family by Norman Bridwell is all about when Clifford heads on a trip to visit his family. All his brothers and sisters are happy in homes of their own, and have different doggie jobs. He then visits his parents, etc. We are still family even though family may live far away!

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant is along the same lines as the Clifford book, in the fact that it presents family being very dear to us even though they may live far away.

The classic story retold a little different, by Caralyn and Mark Buehner. We liked this version. I thought the changes made to the dialogue made it refreshing and interesting. Everything Goldilocks says is a rhyme, and she jump ropes everywhere. We had to have this story on Family week!

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