Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 6
- Grade: p to 12
- Reading age: 3 to 6
Big or small, similar or different-looking, there are all kinds of families.
Celebrate diversity with this picture book for very young children about the many faces of contemporary families. Bright photographs by National Geographic photographer Shelley Rotner capture families having fun together, enjoying all the ways they are similar and different.
Some families have one parent, and some have two; some have aunts and uncles and grandparents living with them. Some have adopted children, some have children born to them. Whether they live all together or far apart, families love and care for each other.
Designed to showcase the wide variety of modern families and spur discussions about young readers' own family history, this beautiful picture book is a must-have for children beginning to learn about the world and the people around them.
About the authors
Shelley Rotner is a noted freelance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic's World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, and numerous others. She is also the author and photo-illustrator of over 30 award-winning children's books. Her most recent books include Many Ways, Every Season, and Feeling Thankful.
Shelley has also traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children, women, and education. Currently, Ms. Rotner is working on a collection of large, hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels.
Shelley Rotner received her undergraduate degree in photography and psychology from Syracuse University and a dual Master's degree in elementary education and museum education from Bank Street College.
Sheila M. Kelly is a published author of children's books. Some of the published credits of Sheila M. Kelly include De Muchas Maneras / Many Ways: Como Las Familias Practican Sus Creencias Y Religiones / How Families Practice Their Beliefs And Religions, Lots of Grandparents (Single Titles (Paperback)), The A.D.D. Book for Kids, and Feeling Thankful. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, she now lives in Austin, Texas.
"Families is truly a celebration of diversity. . . . [It] should find a place in day-care centers, preschools, libraries, and homes, as it provides adults with a vehicle to address the beauty of difference before youngsters begin to think it is a problem."—Booklist
"Vibrant photographs—especially action shots—will capture children's attention, build language skills, and, one hopes, start conversations."—Kirkus Reviews
"Winsome, clear photographs are accompanied by brief, large-font text. This celebration of differences is further enhanced by the inclusion of women in head scarves, a dad in a wheelchair, and multigenerational groupings. . . . A great way to introduce the concept of diversity among families."—School Library Journal
"This book emphasizes the importance of a strong family narrative formed through conversations between family members across generational lines. Illustrating the book with Rotner's always-amiable color photographs of families . . . strengthens this emphasis and showcases the diversity of experiences in contemporary family structures."—The Horn Book Guide