The Family Book

The Family Book

written by Todd Parr
Little, Brown & Co., Essex, UK, 2004.

reviewed by Lyn Staack

A prolific children’s book author and illustrator, Todd Parr has created colorful, funny and simple books that are bringing the message of accepting diversity into the mainstream. (I recently saw several of his books in Target as well as Barnes and Noble.)

When asked to read a book for the “Welcoming Sunday” service at our Unitarian Universalist congregation, my partner and I chose Parr’s The Family Book:

  • Some families are big
  • Some families are small
  • Some families are the same color
  • Some families are different colors
  • Some families look like each other
  • Some families look like their pets
  • Some families adopt children
  • Some families have two moms or two dads
  • There are lots of different ways to be a family.
  • Your family is special no matter what kind it is.

With Todd’s distinctive bold drawings and easy writing style, this book is great for helping people of all ages celebrate the diversity of the families around us. The Family Book has been very positively received by many audiences.

Among Todd’s other books, I would also recommend It’s Okay to be Different, which focuses on self acceptance and specifically mentions it’s okay to have two moms or two dads, or to be adopted.

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