Looking for children's picture books that reflect your family portrait? Check out some of these titles. Add your favorite titles in the comments section.
Different Types of Families
The Family Book by Todd Parr.
This colorful story celebrates many different types of families, including step-families, families with two moms or two dads, and single-parent families.
Picnic in the Park by Joe Griffiths
The story of Jason's birthday picnic and his guests, including a range of family structures, including two- and one-parent families; adoptive and foster families; gay and lesbian families; and step-families.
Who's in a Family? by Robert Skutch
Depicts a variety of non-traditional families, including interracial, same-sex and single-parent families.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.
Silo and Roy, two male chinstrap penguins, fall in love and raise baby Tango together.
This is my Family : a first look at same-sex parents by Pat Thomas
This picture book introduces children to families that have parents of the same sex. Whether a family has a mom and a dad, or two moms, or two dads, this book shows boys and girls that all parents love, care, and support their children in the same way.
A Tale of Two Mommies; A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
*A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too.
*A Tale of Two Daddies is a simple story about a little girl with two daddies: Daddy and Poppa. When a boy on the playground asks her what it's like having two dads, he wants to know things like "Who tucks you in at night? Which one helps with homework? Which one braids your hair?" The little girl happily explains which of her day-to-day activities are best performed by Daddy, Poppa or both.
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr
This book depicts an array of children and families—including one with a single parent and one with two dads—and emphasizes the rewards of adoption for adults and children alike.
Tell me Again about the Night I was Born by Jamie lee Curtis
The story about the night adoptive parents get the call that their new child has been born.
Sisters by Judith Caseley
Kika has just been adopted. There's so much that's new to her: a different language, new friends to make, and something she's never had before -- a family. Melissa has a new sister -- and she's excited. There's so much to share with Kika: trips to the playground, afternoons at the library, and birthday parties.
The Little Green Goose. by A. Sansone
Mr. Goose finds an abandoned egg, hatches it, and raises a peculiar green-skinned long-tailed chick, who worries about his identity but comes to recognize that he has a loving parent.
Zachary's New Home: A Story For Foster & Adopted Children by Blomquist
A story about Zachary the kitten, who is taken from his mother's house when his mother is unable to take care of him. The book follows Zachary as he first goes into foster care and then is adopted by a family of geese.
Our Gracie Aunt by Jacqueline Woodson.
Johnson and his sister, Beebee, have to take care of themselves after their mother leaves. Then they’re moved to the Aunt Gracie’s house and things start getting better.
Murphy's Three Homes: A Story For Children in Foster Care by Gilman
Murphy's Three Homes follows this adorable pup through his placement in three new homes, as well as through his anxiety, self-doubt, and hope for a new, loving family. Finally, Murphy is placed in a caring foster home where he feels comfortable and valued.