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The Family Book

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,132 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
In his typically silly and reassuring style, Parr celebrates the many different types of families in this picture book. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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LGBTQ Children's Literature
6th out of 96 books — 72 voters
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Multicultural Children's Library
30th out of 197 books — 18 voters

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Apr 29, 2012 Ezekiel rated it did not like it
I would not read this to children, even though the message is sweet (understanding of differences and the positive attributes of families), because of issues with racism.

The illustrations employ depictions of animals and humans of unnatural (purple, green, pink, bright yellow) colors to showcase how families are different. It attempts to tackle interracial families like this (among the many different family depictions that it gives). However, many people of color have spent way too much time tr
Sep 01, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, childrens
All families are unique and that is what makes your family special. That is the message this book is trying to explain to children with its big bold colors and large easy text. With contrasting ideas on opposing pages the book is easy to read and it gets its message out loud and clear. Children with be able to recite the pages within a few readings and will enjoy the illustrations. With breaks throughout the text the author throws in messages about what all families have in common, ideas such as ...more
Jonathan Fowle
Mar 11, 2014 Jonathan Fowle rated it it was amazing
A simple book with bright pictures that explores different families. The book takes in big families, small families, step-families, families with different sexualities and races. The books gives the message that all families are different, but they all still like to "give hugs", "celebrate special days" but more importantly all families "help each other". From reading this book, children can then discuss their own family and how as a class we can support each other. It's a good way to introduce ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
Todd Parr's The Family Book is a great way to share the differences of families to children. The book goes through a number of different family dynamics, from adopted children to same sex parents. There are colorful illustrations that engage early readers to the more advanced.

Throughout the book Todd Parr describes many different types of families. He organizes them by opposites and similarities. "Some families are big. Some families are small. All families like to HUG each other!" I would use t
Jennifer Wardrip
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I absolutely love Todd Parr's work, both in his books and his videos. No matter what subject he's writing about, or speaking about, behind it all is the universal theme of diversity and acceptance.

With THE FAMILY BOOK, children and parents learn that families come in all shapes and sizes. Some families are large, some small. Some all look the same, some look different. Some families have children who are adopted, while some families even have two moms o
Caroline (Cary)
Mar 26, 2013 Caroline (Cary) rated it liked it
The Family Book has brightly colored illustrations and simple drawings of all different kinds of families. Todd Parr points out many ways in which these families are different, interspersed with the ways all families are the same. The book has a repetitive format- two to four two-page spreads pointing out differences in families, followed by one two-paged spread pointing out a similarity. The illustrations are simple and cartoonish, brightly and not necessarily realistically colored. On the last ...more
Hannah Givens
Jun 07, 2015 Hannah Givens rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, lgbt
I wish it had a more engaging title, but it's a fun book. Love the colors and the pictures are very witty, going along with the chipper-but-serious tone of the words.
Lucy Hall
Title: The Family Book
Author: Todd Parr
Genre: Concept book
Theme(s): Family, acceptance.
Opening line/sentence: (Some families are big, some families are small, some families are the same color, some families are different colors.)
Brief Book Summary: (The book talks about the different types of families there are in the world in a very simple and fun way. Big families and small families, families of different colors and families of the same color, families with one parent and families with two par
Natalia Leston
Jun 30, 2015 Natalia Leston rated it it was amazing
The Family Book, written by Todd Parr was banned in Illinois due to it's reference of same sex parents, in the line "Some families have two moms or two dads." The book is filled with very colorful illustrations and family diversity is the main topic of the book. This is a topic and book that I am aware must be paired with planned discussion and prepared conversations with parents. I would read this book in my classroom for the reason being that I have taught students who have two moms or two dad ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
“The Family Book” by Todd Parr is the perfect read aloud book to begin a family diversity text set that supports the development of social justice. This simple and bright picture book explores the differences in families. Through the display of vibrant, child-like illustrations, the reader can visually see different types of families in animal, human, and a single alien format. Todd Parr’s message is empowering by allowing children to understand that families come in all different shapes and siz ...more
Lauren Clendening/Cox
Mar 03, 2015 Lauren Clendening/Cox rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorite books for children to show how everybody has a different family but how each family special and still love each other the same. This book would be interesting for children because the pictures enhance the words. It gives children an opportunity to think about their family and realize that it is important no matter what. These illustrations are great because it does not depict a certain culture/race; instead, the characters are all different colors (red, blue, gree ...more
Jenna Kennedy
Oct 25, 2014 Jenna Kennedy rated it did not like it
The Family Book is a picture book for young readers about all of the different kinds of families that the world has. It begins with the size of families and the nationalities of the families. Some families adopt children, while some live far away from each other. Todd Parr even shows a gay family in his children’s book, a very controversial decision. Some families are quiet, while other families are messy and like to be loud. The author makes sure that the reader knows that each family is specia ...more
Christina Venturelli
Mar 05, 2015 Christina Venturelli rated it really liked it
In this realistic and LGBTQ children’s book, it talks about how every family is different. It explains how every family is different because it mentions that some families are the same color, some are not, some have a step parent, some have two moms or two dads, etc. This book is definitely geared towards younger children because it helps explains different family situations in a very simplified way. This book relates to my cultural topic families because every type of family will be able to con ...more
Jena Costin
Jun 29, 2014 Jena Costin rated it really liked it
Todd Parr's The Family Book is a great book to introduce the diversity we see in families today. It is an inclusive, yet provides a child-friendly overview of different family constructs. Paired with Todd Parr's classic use of bright and colorful illustrations, the language he uses in describing these diversities are easily understood by young readers. While Parr shows the differences we see in families, he also draws the reader’s attention to similarities or characteristics that all families en ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Lefa rated it it was amazing
This is one of our favourite books for everyone in our household. As always, Avery loves the bright illustrations, the succinct text and the simple statements. I love the politics, the gentle storytelling and the cute pictures.
Allison Simpson
Mar 05, 2015 Allison Simpson rated it it was amazing
"The Family Book" covers it all from step families to homosexual families. This book is a great picture book to show children that there is no one certain type of family structure and that every family is loved. The illustrations in this book are different because they do not just so it as humans only but with pictures of animals as well. Single parent families are picture inside this book and showing that you do not have to have two parents in order to be a family. "The Family Book" hits on so ...more
Cesally Shermam
Oct 28, 2014 Cesally Shermam rated it it was amazing
The Family Book is a picture book that describes the many different characteristics/ways of families. I gave the book a five out of five because I think its such a cute and sweet book about families, even though it does say some families have two dads or two moms, I think it accurately describes families of today. I thin the dominant themes of the book would be the importance of family and love. I think that the best age for this book would be around 4.
Oct 08, 2015 Kendra rated it liked it
Good story line, but very odd pictures. I think kids would enjoy the illustrations, but they may come across as puzzling to adults. I love the diversity this books shows, but more realistic pictures would have been a better choice. Definitely shows how modern families are very diverse and that it is ok. I would read this to my child and I think it would spark many questions and meaningful conversations. This is a great book to teach a child about inclusion.
Oct 30, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Todd Parr is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite children's book authors. Todd Parr is a author who spent some time living in Wyoming. Although he was passionate about his artwork as a child he was not considered a very good artist. His struggle with his art work is not apparent in the book. The bright colors and fun images is what draws me to the book.

This book entitled, The Family Book, is a celebration of families. This book displays a variety of families in many different forms. Th
Victoria Avonlea
Feb 24, 2016 Victoria Avonlea rated it did not like it
Todd Parr has good intentions, but makes huge oversights in this one. His central message here is that all families are different, but that is ok because all families love one another. Unfortunately, this is simply untrue, and excludes a lot of kids from this book. Even in the ways Parr attempts to illustrate how families supposedly love one another, he leaves out many children from different backgrounds. Nope, not all families celebrate special holidays. Nope, not all families give each other h ...more
Amy Rae
May 15, 2014 Amy Rae rated it liked it
I'm not going to lie--Todd Parr has never been a favourite of mine. His art often feels like a subpar Keith Haring to me, and I don't enjoy highlighter-bright colours as a rule. But the intent of his books is sweet, and the silly, affirming tone of this book does hit the mark, for the most part. (Not every family loves to hug, though, and I kind of wish that wasn't one of the affirmations here.)
Emily Ackmann
Mar 11, 2014 Emily Ackmann rated it it was amazing
I really liked this people because it was an easy read with lots of color and fun illustrations. It also gets a cross a really important message to kids about the many different families that surround us. It talks about similarities and differences. I think it would be good for kids who come from an "nontraditional" family or for children who have questions about the different types of families.
Hillary Arellano
Jun 23, 2015 Hillary Arellano rated it it was amazing
I like this book and read it to my preschool class every year along with many of his other books. I really don't understand why this book is on the banned/challenged list. Is it because it depicts different families along with animal families? It is a good book to read to kids especially 3-5 year olds. It is simple and easy to understand for this age group. I will keep it in my class.
Cheryl Belt-Jackson
May 01, 2015 Cheryl Belt-Jackson rated it really liked it
Picture Book
All Children
Family comes in all shapes and sizes. Which one is your family?
This is a great book with easy pictures that are not threating. This would make a great classroom activity to introdue all types of families and to share what is simular and what is diffrent. This activity would open the doors to a dialog of being different.
Janice Redding
I love this book! It is so relatable to K-5 children. I like this book because it states the fact that all children are part of a family, whether it has one or two parents. So, I can help students create a sense of belonging. Also, the book introduces that stepparents and homosexual parents are considered to be part of a family as well. This book also indicates that family is always there for each other, and will continue to support each other through their lives. Overall, I think this book summ ...more
Jennifer Heise
Jan 13, 2014 Jennifer Heise rated it liked it
Shelves: beekman
I, the parent, thought it was a cute multicultural book, showing different kinds of families (though blended families of different generations weren't presented recognizably). My 5 year old didn't object to it, but didn't show any noticeable enthusiasm. The rounded characters of people and animals were reminiscent of Sark, but because of their very abstractness may miss the point: children exposed to lots of nature books will recognize that families of fish, for instance, don't actually come in ...more
Sarah Rosati
Apr 17, 2012 Sarah Rosati rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful choice for children on the lower range of the K-3 grouping. It celebrates all different types of families in a language that is highly accessible and with illustrations filled with color and diverse representations of the unique individuals who make up a family. The story depicts same-sex families, single parent families, extended families, stepmothers and fathers, adopted siblings, and all of those unique familial forms in between. The varied use of vibrant colors place ...more
Mersiha Canovic
Jul 28, 2014 Mersiha Canovic rated it it was amazing
I love reading this story to my preschoolers every year. It's a great way to introduce all kinds of different families and teaching them about acceptance. The illustrations and text are perfect for preschool-age children. It's a great book to read in the beginning of the school year while students are coping with separation.
Feb 27, 2011 jacky rated it really liked it
When I saw this title, it got me thinking about books about family in general would be a good addition to our early reading with Natalie about getting a new sibling. This book mostly focuses on the differences and similarities between families, more than types of family remembers, which is what I had been hoping for. But, it was still a good book. It points out how different families can be including step families, adoption, long distance relationships, single parent families, and same sex paren ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-310
In The Family Book, Todd explains that all families are wonderfully different. They eat different foods, look different from one another, and act different from each other. He says that some families have stepmoms or stepdads, and some families have adopted children. This fresh way of looking at families is inspirational and a great introduction to children of all different kinds of families.
I love how he mentions some families may have two moms or two dads. And I love how he makes sure to poin
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