A children’s book all about families.
Whatever city or town I am in, not just big urban centers, but also in suburban and rural communities, I marvel at all the different kinds of families. A few years ago, I realized that today’s young children are growing up in a diverse society, and that a book on all kinds of families, and what’s the same and what’s different about families, even within their own families, would be a book that could grab young children. Soon, this seemed like the perfect topic for the illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott’s and my four-book series of nonfiction books for young children. In WHO’S IN MY FAMILY? All About Our Families, siblings Nellie and Gus and their parents are off for a day at the zoo, where they see so many different kinds of human families, along with a variety of animal families. To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a big family dinner. My sense is that the matter-of-fact text and conversations between the Gus and Nellie, and the warm accessible illustrations have come together in a book that will help young children feel and understand that no matter what kind of family they have and no matter who is in their family, their families are perfectly normal and totally wonderful!