Posts Tagged ‘families’

When some of our French Immersion teachers asked me for a book they could read with their students that included same sex parents, I had to apologize. I had been looking for such a book for our library for quite awhile, but had found nothing. I promised to keep looking. Fortunately, I asked Evelyne from Chouette books to help and she found this one:


In this lovely story a teacher asks her students what they did during their holidays. When a boy named Martin says that he had a great holiday with his two dads, it sparks a grand discussion about diversity in families. Highly recommend as a read aloud, in the class library, in the school library, and for home.

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Gone are the books about nuclear families, with the annoyingly ‘normal’ mom, dad, brother, sister and dog, all of the same ethnic background living in a nice house with a fenced yard. Books about families should celebrate a diversity of families. When I buy books about families I always look for: single parent families, mulit-ethnic families, same sex parents, adopted children, foster children, families with grandparents or aunties, and families living in a variety of homes/neighborhoods all in the same book. If a book about families doesn’t include same sex parents, I never buy it, no matter how great it is. Even if you are borrowing or buying a family book just for your family, be sure the book includes a variety of families. Children internalize these subtle messages about which families are normal and acceptable and which are not. Be thoughtful about the values you are teaching your children  and other peoples’ children, whether implicit or explicit, and make sure they are values you think are important.

The Great Big Book of Families is a wonderfully inclusive book that celebrates families of all configurations and sizes. It also explores the differences in homes, jobs, holidays, schools (including homeschooling), vacations, food,  and transportation. Cute, light-hearted illustrations.

Read the book, then: make family trees, write about your families.

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Celebrate Pink Shirt Day: wear a pink shirt! Read some books on bullying and diversity!

The Sneetches. The Sneeches with stars think they are better than the Sneetches without, so they tease and exclude until a guy with a strange amchine rolls into town, turning everything upside down.

Be Good To Eddie Lee. Christy’s mom tells her to be good to her neighbour, a smaller boy with Down’s Syndrome. When Christy’s friend jim Bud ocmes by and starts making fun of Eddie Lee, Christy yells at him and tries to make him go away. Eddie Lee follows them anyway, helping Christy discover some enchanting things in the forest that she overlooked.

Say Something.  A girl  sees others being bullied and then when someone makes fun of her, she begins to emphathize more and eventually becomes a witness rather than a passive bystander.

The Family Book includes many types of families.

William’s Doll. William wants a doll to play with. He is teased and offered other toys.


And Tango Makes Three. Two male penguins hatch and raise a baby penguin. A true story.

The Sissy Duckling. Because Elmer likes to do things the other boy ducks aren’t interested in, he is bullied.


King and King. Two princes fall in love and get married. In the sequel they adopt.

Shades of People by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly

Shades of People. Photographs of children of all shades with simple text.


My Secret Bully. Ludwig’s books are powerful conversation starters.

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