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The Best Children’s Books About Family

“What are the best Children’s books about Families?” We looked at 246 of the top Kids Family books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 27 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Children’s Family” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 27 Best Children’s Books About Families



27 .) A Family Is A Family Is A Family written by Sara O’Leary

A Family Is A Family Is A Family

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Multicultural Childrens Book Day

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




26 .) Fred Stays With Me! written by Nancy Coffelt

Fred Stays With Me!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Multicultural Childrens Book Day

A child describes how she lives sometimes with her mother and sometimes with her father, but her dog is her constant companion.




25 .) I Wished for You: An Adoption Story written by Marianne Richmond

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101

A mama bear and her little boy bear talk about how they became a family because of the mother’s wish.




24 .) It’s Okay To Be Different written by Todd Parr

It’s Okay To Be Different

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Hachette Book Group




23 .) Love is a Family written by Roma Downey

Love is a Family

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Read Brightly

Chicken Little and her friends hurry to tell the king that the sky is falling.




22 .) Me and My Family Tree written by Joan Sweeney, Annette Cable (Illustrator)

Me and My Family Tree

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Pre Kinders

Using a family tree, a child explains how her brother, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are related to her.




21 .) More, More, More Said the Baby written by Vera B. Williams

More, More, More Said the Baby

Lists It Appears On:

  • Colours Of Us
  • Multicultural Childrens Book Day

Three babies are caught up in the air and given loving attention by a father, grandmother, and mother.




20 .) Real Sisters Pretend written by Megan Dowd Lambert

Real Sisters Pretend

Lists It Appears On:

  • Colours Of Us
  • Multicultural Childrens Book Day

Safe in the knowledge that adoption has made them “forever family,” stepsisters Mia and Tayja improvise an imaginary adventure with a joyful homecoming to a real home with their two moms.




19 .) Shopping with Dad written by Matt Harvey and Miriam Latimer

Shopping with Dad

Lists It Appears On:

  • Colours Of Us
  • The Barefoot Mommy

A little girl and her father have a wonderful time in the grocery store until she nearly knocks over a display, then while trying her best to be good she lets out a big sneeze that results in chaos.




18 .) The Different Dragon written by Jennifer Bryan and Danamarie Hosler

The Different Dragon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Metro

A bedtime story takes Noah on an amazing journey with his cat, where they meet a dragon who doesn’t want to be scary and fierce.




17 .) The Great Big Book of Families written by Mary Hoffman

The Great Big Book of Families

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101

Features illustrations and descriptions of different types of families and how their lives are similar and different.




16 .) The Little Red Fort written by Brenda Maier

The Little Red Fort

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • PA Book

In this adaptation of the Little Red Hen fable, Ruby wants to build a fort, but her three brothers refuse to help, so when the fort is finished Ruby will not let them join her–until the boys come up with a few embellishments for the fort, like a mailbox, a garden, and a fresh coat of paint.…




15 .) Thunder Boy Jr. written by Sherman Alexie, Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Thunder Boy Jr.

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Hachette Book Group




14 .) Who’s In a Family written by Robert Skutch

Who’s In a Family

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101




13 .) And Tango Makes Three written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

And Tango Makes Three

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Books For Keeps
  • Read Brightly




12 .) In Our Mothers’ House written by Patricia Polacco

In Our Mothers’ House

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101
  • Colours Of Us

Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.




11 .) Mixed Me! written by Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans

Mixed Me!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Colours Of Us
  • The Barefoot Mommy

Told in rhyming text, Mike is a mixed-race boy, completely comfortable with his identity and his parents–and his wild, curly hair.




10 .) Mommy, Mama, And Me written by Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson

Mommy, Mama, And Me

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Metro
  • The Barefoot Mommy




9 .) Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale written by Karen Katz

Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Read Brightly
  • The Barefoot Mommy

A loving couple dream of a baby born far away and know that this is the baby they have been waiting to adopt.




8 .) Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born written by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101
  • Read Brightly

A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.




7 .) Who’s in My Family: Let’s Talk About Our Families written by Robie H. Harris

Who’s in My Family: Let’s Talk About Our Families

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101
  • Colours Of Us

Nellie and her little brother Gus discuss all kinds of families during a day at the zoo and dinner at home with their relatives afterwards.




6 .) Heather Has Two Mommies written by Leslea Newman

Heather Has Two Mommies

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101
  • Multicultural Childrens Book Day
  • Read Brightly

When Heather goes to playgroup, at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other.




5 .) One Family written by George Shannon and Blanca Gómez

One Family

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101
  • Colours Of Us
  • The Barefoot Mommy

A family can be many things, in this story that introduces numbered groups from one to ten.




4 .) Stella Brings the Family written by Miriam Schiffer and Holly Clifton-Brown

Stella Brings the Family

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101
  • Multicultural Childrens Book Day
  • The Barefoot Mommy

Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother’s Day.




3 .) The Family Book written by Todd Parr

The Family Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Books For Keeps
  • Childhood 101
  • Metro

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.




2 .) Two Homes written by Claire Masurel and Kady MacDonald Denton

Two Homes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101
  • Read Brightly
  • The Barefoot Mommy




1 .) Families, Families, Families! written by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang

Families, Families, Families!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • Hachette Book Group
  • The Barefoot Mommy

A host of animals portrays all kinds of non-traditional families





The 200+ Additional Best Kids Books About Families



#BooksAuthorsLists
28
15 Things Not to Do with a Baby
 Colours Of Us
29A Beach TailKaren Lynn WilliamsGoodreads
30
A Big Mooncake for Little Star
 PA Book
31A Brave BearSean TaylorGoodreads
32A Day with DadBo R. Holmberg and Eva ErikssonThe Barefoot Mommy
33A is for ActivistInnosanto NagaraHachette Book Group
34A Tale of Two Daddies Childhood 101
35A Welcome Song for Baby Colours Of Us
36ABC A Family Alphabet BookBobbie CombsBook Riot
37Alanda and The Frog Prince Colours Of Us
38
All About Adoption: How Families Are Made & How Kids Feel About It
 Childhood 101
39All About Families Childhood 101
40All Bears Need Love Read Brightly
41All Kids of Families Childhood 101
42All Kinds Of Families!Mary Ann Hoberman, Illustrated by Marc BoutavantHachette Book Group
43Amber Brown is Not a CrayonPaula DanzigerBarnes And Noble
44An African Princess Colours Of Us
45Anna Hibiscus’ Song Colours Of Us
46Ask MeBernard Waber and Suzy LeeBarnes And Noble
47AwayEmil SherGoodreads
48Baby Goes to MarketAtinukeGoodreads
49Baby’s First WordsChristiane EngelThe Barefoot Mommy
50Barefoot Books Children of the WorldTessa Strickland, Kate DePalma, and David DeanThe Barefoot Mommy
51Bedtime for MommyAmy Krouse RosenthalGoodreads
52Big Red LollipopRukhsana KhanGoodreads
53Billy and Belle Colours Of Us
54black is brown is tan Colours Of Us
55Black, White, Just Right! Colours Of Us
56BlackoutJohn RoccoGoodreads
57Bonjour, Lonnie Colours Of Us
58Boundless GraceMary Hoffman and Caroline BinchThe Barefoot Mommy
59BraveStacy McAnulty, Illustrated by Joanne Lew-VriethoffHachette Book Group
60Brianna Bright, Ballerina KnightPam CalvertGoodreads
61Brown Like Me Colours Of Us
62Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump!K.L. GoingGoodreads
63Bunny Cakes Pre Kinders
64Bye-Bye, Baby!Richard T. MorrisGoodreads
65ChloePeter McCartyGoodreads
66Chyna’s Doll Colours Of Us
67Cinnamon Baby Colours Of Us
68City ShapesDiana Murray, Illustrated by Bryan CollierHachette Book Group
69Counting On CommunityInnosanto NagaraHachette Book Group
70Daddy, Dada, And MeLeslea Newman and Carol ThompsonMetro
71Darth Vader and SonJeffrey BrownBarnes And Noble
72Dave’s Cave PA Book
73Dear Mr. HenshawBeverly ClearyBarnes And Noble
74
Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families
 Read Brightly
75Do I Have a Daddy? Read Brightly
76Do Like a Duck Does!Judy HindleyGoodreads
77Do You Sing Twinkle?: A Story About Remarriage and New FamilySandra LevinsBook Riot
78
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?
 Pre Kinders
79DoggerShirley HughesThe Guardian
80Drawn TogetherMinh LêGoodreads
81Duck, Duck, DinosaurKallie GeorgeGoodreads
82Dumpling Soup Colours Of Us
83
Eddie’s Kitchen: and how to make good things to eat
 Books For Keeps
84Ella and the Knot Fairies Colours Of Us
85ElmerDavid McKeeMetro
86Emily’s Blue Period Read Brightly
87Ernest and CelestineGabrielle VincentThe Guardian
88Everywhere Babies 
Multicultural Childrens Book Day
89Families Around the World Childhood 101
90Family Colours Of Us
91Festival of ColorsKabir SehgalGoodreads
92Floating on Mama’s Song/Flotando En La Cancion de MamaLaura LacamaraGoodreads
93
Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories
 PA Book
94Froggy’s Baby Sister Pre Kinders
95Froggy’s Day with Dad Pre Kinders
96Full, Full, Full of Love Pre Kinders
97Fussy Freya Colours Of Us
98Gaston Pre Kinders
99Gem Colours Of Us
100Give Thank You A TryJames PattersonHachette Book Group
101
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
 Pre Kinders
102Good Dog PA Book
103Goodnight EveryoneChris HaughtonGoodreads
104Grace and Family Books For Keeps
105Gracias / Thanks Colours Of Us
106Grandpa GreenLane SmithGoodreads
107GreenBean: True Blue FamilyElizabeth BlakeBook Riot
108Hello, Door PA Book
109Henry Wants More! Colours Of Us
110Home at LastVera B. Williams and Chris RaschkaThe Barefoot Mommy
111Hope Colours Of Us
112Horton Hatches the EggDr. SeussBarnes And Noble
113
How My Parents Learned to Eat
 Colours Of Us
114Huff & PuffClaudia RuedaGoodreads
115I am Flippish! Colours Of Us
116I Am Me Colours Of Us
117I Am Mixed Colours Of Us
118
I Love Saturdays y domingos
 Colours Of Us
119I Love You Like Crazy CakesRose A. Lewis and Jane DyerBarnes And Noble
120If I Had a DragonTom ElleryGoodreads
121
If I Had a Hundred Mummies
 Books For Keeps
122IslandbornJunot DíazGoodreads
123Itsy Mitsy Runs AwayElanna AllenGoodreads
124Jalapeno Bagels Colours Of Us
125Jonathan and His Mommy Pre Kinders
126
Josh and Jaz Have Three Mums
 Books For Keeps
127Julián Is a MermaidJessica LoveGoodreads
128Just Like DaddyFrank AschGoodreads
129Knuffle Bunny Pre Kinders
130Koala Lou Pre Kinders
131
La Familia Cool: El tesoro más valioso
 Colours Of Us
132Ladder to the Moon Colours Of Us
133Last Stop on Market StreetMatt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian RobinsonHachette Book Group
134
Less Than Half, More Than Whole
 Colours Of Us
135Let’s Feed the Ducks Colours Of Us
136Let’s Go See Papá!Lawrence Schimel and Alba Marina RiveraThe Barefoot Mommy
137Let’s Go to Bed Colours Of Us
138Let’s Go To Playgroup Colours Of Us
139Let’s Have Fun Colours Of Us
140Liliana’s Grandmothers Colours Of Us
141Little Elliot, Big FamilyMike CuratoGoodreads
142Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible JourneyDoug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes, Illustrated by Sue CornelisonHachette Book Group
143Love Monster and the Scary SomethingRachel BrightGoodreads
144Love the WorldTodd ParrHachette Book Group
145Made for MeZack BushGoodreads
146Maple & Willow ApartLori NicholsGoodreads
147
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match
 Colours Of Us
148Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster CareJennifer Wilgocki, Marcia Kahn Wright, and Alissa Imre GeisThe Barefoot Mommy
149Mirror Books For Keeps
150
Mitzi Tulane: What’s That Smell?
 Colours Of Us
151Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big?Carolina NadelBook Riot
152Morris’s Disappearing BagRosemary WellsThe Guardian
153Motherbridge of LoveJosée MasseThe Barefoot Mommy
154Mouse TalesArnold LobelThe Guardian
155Mr and Mrs Pig’s Evening OutMary RaynerThe Guardian
156My AbuelitaTony JohnstonGoodreads
157My Brother CharlieHolly Robinson PeeteGoodreads
158My Family, Your Family Childhood 101
159
My Family: Love and Care, Give and Share
 Childhood 101
160My Father Knows the Names of ThingsJane YolenGoodreads
161
My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me
 Colours Of Us
162My Two Grandads Colours Of Us
163My Two Grannies Colours Of Us
164My Very Own SpacePippa Goodhart, Illustrated by Rebecca CraneHachette Book Group
165Ned the Knitting PirateDiana MurrayGoodreads
166Night Job PA Book
167Ocean Meets SkyTerry FanGoodreads
168Oh My, Oh No!Lisa Charrier, Illustrated by Agnes DomergueHachette Book Group
169Oh, Oh, Baby Boy! Colours Of Us
170OkiléléClaude PontiGoodreads
171Olu’s Dream Colours Of Us
172One Word from Sophia Colours Of Us
173Orlando the Marmalade Cat booksKathleenThe Guardian
174Oscar’s Half Birthday Colours Of Us
175Papá and MeArthur DorrosGoodreads
176Pecan Pie Baby 
Multicultural Childrens Book Day
177PeepoJanet and Allan AhlbergThe Guardian
178People Don’t Bite PeopleLisa WheelerGoodreads
179Perfectly NormanTom PercivalGoodreads
180Picnic in the Park Books For Keeps
181Please, Baby, Please Pre Kinders
182Raising You AloneWarren HansonBook Riot
183Roar: A Dinosaur Tour PA Book
184
Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story
 Colours Of Us
185Russell Wrestles the RelativesCindy Chambers JohnsonGoodreads
186Sammy Goes Flying Colours Of Us
187Saturday Is Swimming Day PA Book
188ScacciabuaÉmile JadoulGoodreads
189Silver Shoes Colours Of Us
190Snowflakes Colours Of Us
191Something Smells! PA Book
192Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas: Not Mommys and DaddysGayle ByrneBook Riot
193Spork Colours Of Us
194Still a Family Pre Kinders
195Strictly No ElephantsLisa Mantchev, Illustrated by Taeeun YooHachette Book Group
196Super Saurus and the EggDeborah UnderwoodGoodreads
197Sweetest KuluCelina KallukGoodreads
198Tad and DadDavid Ezra SteinGoodreads
199Tango Makes ThreeJustin Richardson, Peter Parnell and Henry ColeMetro
200Teddy’s Favorite Toy PA Book
201Ten Tiny Tickles Colours Of Us
202The Airport Book Colours Of Us
203The Book Depository Childhood 101
204The Boss BabyMarla FrazeeGoodreads
205
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
 Colours Of Us
206
The Case of the Missing Chalk Drawings
 PA Book
207The Favorite DaughterAllen SayThe Barefoot Mommy
208
The Hello, Goodbye Window
 Colours Of Us
209The Invisible StringPatrice KarstBarnes And Noble
210The Kissing HandAudrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper, and Nancy M. LeakBarnes And Noble
211The Moomin booksTove JanssonThe Guardian
212The Most Valuable Treasure Colours Of Us
213The Napping House Pre Kinders
214The Princess and the Pony Colours Of Us
215The Smallest Girl in the Smallest GradeJulia Roberts, Illustrated by Christian RobinsonHachette Book Group
216The Snow AngelGlenn BeckGoodreads
217The Tale of Peter RabbitBeatrix PotterThe Guardian
218The Visitors Who Came to Stay Books For Keeps
219The White Swan Express: A Story About AdoptionJean Davies Okimoto and Meilo SoBook Riot
220Through My Window Colours Of Us
221Twenty Yawns Colours Of Us
222Two Dads: A book about adoption Colours Of Us
223Two Is EnoughJannie MatthiesBook Riot
224Two Mrs. Gibsons Colours Of Us
225Violet Colours Of Us
226Visiting DayJacqueline WoodsonBook Riot
227WaitAntoinette PortisGoodreads
228Wait and See Colours Of Us
229Waiting for Baby Colours Of Us
230Waiting for May Colours Of Us
231Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story for Little Kids About DivorceSandra Levins and Bryan LangdoBarnes And Noble
232We Are Family Childhood 101
233We Belong Together Childhood 101
234Welcome Home Little Baby Colours Of Us
235What a Family Colours Of Us
236What is a Family?Tamia SheldonBook Riot
237What’s in There? Colours Of Us
238Wheels on the BusJerry SmathGoodreads
239When Otis Courted MamaKathi Appelt and Jill McElmurryThe Barefoot Mommy
240Where The Wild Things AreMaurice SendakThe Guardian
241Where’s Lenny? Colours Of Us
242Who Eats Orange? PA Book
243Wolfie the Bunny Pre Kinders
244Yes, I’m Adopted! Childhood 101
245You Are My Wish Come TrueMarianne RichmondBarnes And Noble
246You Were the First Colours Of Us


14 Best Non-traditional Family Children’s Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Barnes And Noble 10 Great Books About Single-Parent Families
Book Riot There’s No Wrong Way: 30 Children’s Books About Non-Traditional
Books For Keeps Ten of the Best: picture books valuing children’s diverse families
Childhood 101 25 Fabulous Picture Books About Families of All Shapes & Sizes
Colours Of Us 50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families
Goodreads Popular Picture Book Family Books
Hachette Book Group 15 Picture Books about Community, Respect & Love
Metro 5 of the best children’s books for kids in LGBT families
Multicultural Childrens Book Day Eight Picture Books with Diverse Family Constellations & 3 Book …
PA Book A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy
Pre Kinders Books about Families for Pre-K
Read Brightly Ain’t Nothing But a Family Thing: Books About All Kinds of Families
The Barefoot Mommy What is family? Picture books about loving families in many forms
The Guardian Jessica Ahlberg’s top 10 family-themed picture books

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