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Each family has a unique history and cast of characters — a combination of personalities, colors, shapes, and sizes. A collection of favorite books is a bit like like a family: each book has its own "voice" and personality that you enjoy spending time with again and again. In this collection of stories old and new, families of all kinds celebrate special days, ordinary days, and each other.
Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Mother for Choco

By: Keiko Kaszo
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Choco is a little yellow bird who lives all alone. When Choco decides that he wants a mother, he has trouble finding one who looks just like him. Finally, just as he has given up hope, he meets Mrs. Bear. Not only does Mrs. Bear hug him and kiss him, she takes him home to her family. A delightful story about finding family in wonderful (and unexpected) places. Also available in Spanish.

Black Is Brown Is Tan

By: Arnold Adoff, Emily Arnold McCully
Illustrated by: Emily Arnold McCully
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Rhythmic language and luminous paintings show the joy of this warm and loving family as they rejoice in their differences.

Daddy and Me

By: Karen Katz
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

The young narrator helps Daddy by finding the tools and materials for a special project. Sturdy pages with flaps encourage participation and make a game of sharing the book.

Families

By: Ann Morris
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Regardless of where they live or what they look like, all families have much in common. They all cook, eat, play, and celebrate together as seen in engaging photographs and described through crisp text.

Family Pictures

By: Carmen Garza
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The artist recalls growing up in south Texas in this celebration of family and cultural traditions presented in vivid paintings and short prose in Spanish and English. Garza's pride in her Mexican-American heritage is evident and celebrated in this handsome book.

Here We Go Round

By: Alice McGill
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Seven-year old Roberta is sent to her grandparents' home in North Carolina when her pregnant mother is put on bed rest. This sensitive story captures an earlier time and the honest emotion of a childhood fears and joys.

Owl Babies

By: Martin Waddell, Patrick Benson
Illustrated by: Patrick Benson
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

When they find their mother gone from the nest, three owlets worry that their mother won't return, but of course she does. Stunning illustrations combine with repeating text for a reassuring story.

Rattletrap Car

By: Phyllis Root
Illustrated by: Jill Barton
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Poppa worries that the family's old car won't make it, but the children convince him otherwise and so begins the summer outing — a real celebration of family and fun and even the old family car!

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

By: Mem Fox
Illustrated by: Helen Oxenbury
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

From the opening lines to its satisfying conclusion, readers are introduced to babies from many cultures. Though each child is different, each has some things in common — "ten little fingers & ten little toes." The rhyming text and repeated phrase make this a wonderful book to share with children of many ages.

The Hello, Goodbye Window

By: Norton Juster
Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The window at Nanna and Poppy's house looks like a regular window, but it's really a doorway to the child's world and a celebration of the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Celebrate family with this Caldecott Medal-winning book.

When I Am Old with You

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: David Soman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A young child imagines the day when he will be as old as his grandfather and share what his grandfather enjoys now. The tender relationship clearly reflects a young child’s viewpoint.

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