DIVerse Families
 
A Family is a Family is a Family

Title

A Family is a Family is a Family

Authors

Sara O'Leary

Illustrator

Qin Leng

Publisher

Groundwood Books

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9781554987948

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

AD500L

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Adoption; Foster care; Divorce; Single parent; Step parent; Kinship care; Biracial; Interracial; Homosexuality; Physical disability; adopted child; foster family; foster child; divorced parents; single mother; single father; step siblings; grandmother raising grandchild; multiple races; interracial family; biracial child; gay; gay parents; gay fathers; lesbian; lesbian parents; lesbian mothers; wheelchair user; mother uses a wheelchair

Main Character

multiple

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

Family Formation

multiple

LGBTQ+

gay male; lesbian female

Awards

Mitten Award, 2017, Short List
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2017, Short List, Children's Picture Book
Best Bets: Recommended Canadian Reads for Children, 2016 Picture Book
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017 Ages 5 to 9
Best of the Best Books, 2016 Picture Book
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2017 Ages 0-7
First and Best, 2016
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2016
Rainbow List, 2018 Picture Book
USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2017 Pre-K - Grade 2

Keywords

different kinds of families; unique families; elementary school; class assignment; love

Diversity Impact

direct

A Family is a Family is a Family

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