Fun, reassuring books about all the different kinds of families
I’ve been using a selection of Todd Parr books in the classroom for some years now and I’m always delighted when a new one is released.
Todd was originally an artist but he’s now written over 35 books picture books for children, all with his trademark colourful and zany illustrations and all with a wonderful message about inclusion, giving thanks and caring for ourselves and our world.
If you haven’t yet discovered Todd’s books, you’re in for a treat because they are a joy to share with children and they appeal to pretty much every age group, from birth up. They incorporate messages that are positive, reassuring, uplifting and hopeful and, of course, the books themselves are simple, bright, colourful, zany and fun!
The Todd Parr books I review here are all about families. Todd writes about mums and dads, grandmas and grandpas, brothers and sisters, celebrating their diversity and reassuring children that all families are OK, however they are made up and whatever they look like.
Whether you’re a parent reading to your own child or a teacher reading aloud to a class, these books are great for discussing family relationships with children (what is a grandma?) and tend to prompt some very interesting discussions with small humans.
So let’s explore the wonderful world of Todd Parr books together.
The Family Book
The Family Book celebrates all families, whatever they look like, in a funny, silly way and does a great job of reassuring children that their family is great, just the way it is. In this book, children will see pictures of the traditional two-parent, nuclear family, along with pictures of adoptive families, step-families, one-parent families and families with two parents of the same sex. I use this book with Kindy and Year 1 students as a springboard for talking about families and it’s always a hit.
The Mommy Book
The Daddy Book
The Grandma Book
The Grandpa Book
We Belong Together
“We belong together because….
You needed a home
I had one to share
Now, we are a family.”
The Brother Book
The Sister Book
The Sister Book is another lovely book for a child who’s expecting – or has just been introduced to – a new sibling. It celebrates all different kinds of sisters, whether they are older or younger, enjoy helping in the kitchen or prefer helping out in the garage and whether they live with you or live far away. Like The Brother Book, the message of this gorgeous book is: all sisters are a special part of your family!
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Over to you
Do you read Todd Parr books with your children?
Which one’s your favourite?
I’d love to hear what you think so drop me a line in the comments.
I’m Felicity. I write about children’s books and reading and about their potential for enriching the lives of young humans.
I review picture books, board books and sometimes books for older children.
As well as being a lover of all things to do with books and reading, I’m a mum of three young adults and a primary school teacher. I also create gift baskets filled with the very best books for children from newborns to four-year-olds.
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