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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  66 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
In frank, funny, touching, and often surprising interviews, children from fourteen different families talk about how they identify themselves as a family. The range of families profiled in this engaging book reflects the kaleidoscopic diversity of families in America today: there are mixed-race families and immigrant families; families of gay and lesbian couples and very r ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Disney-Hyperion
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Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I love the diversity in the families that were depicted in this book. I also loved the authenticity in the interviews from the children about their families. This will be a great book to use during a unit about diversity and families uniqueness.
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Families, by Susan Kuklin, explores 15 families in America. Kuklin uses photographs and interviews to delve into the personalities that make up each group. The kids are honest and open. One child says she has fun with her siblings at times while at other times they get on her nerves. Many of the families are inter-racial while some are families with divorced parents. There is a group where there are two dads, and the daughter explains how they tackled the problem of who would go to mom’s day at ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Families," by Susan Kuklin, is a non-fiction text that takes on a non-traditional format. The book teaches readers about different families through interviews of the child, or children, in that family. The beauty of this book lies in its power to serve as a mirror for students. Within the sixteen families interviewed a child is likely to find some similarities to their own reflected back to them. In selecting families to interview, the author was inclusive. The text portrays a wide range of fa ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
In this nonfiction book, children from 15 different families talk about their family life and what makes their families special. This book has all types of families: big and small, several different ethnicities and races, including quite a few bi-racial families, a couple of gay couples, a divorced family and a number of families of different religions. Each family has a two page spread featuring family photos, portaits and quotes from the children about their families. It is a truly lovely book ...more
Diana V.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Main Characters: 15 families
Point of View: First Person (from the children)
Setting: Varies depending on the families’ home.
Genre: Informational / Multicultural
Lexile Level: 560 L

Organization: This his book consists of interviews with the children from 15 different families, “including mixed-race, immigrant, gay, lesbian, and divorced, as well as single parents and families for whom religion is a focal point.” The interviews focus on the children’s feelings about being part of their family.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Susan Kuklin decided to interview children from fifteen different families to hear first hand how they define family and what makes their family unique in her non-ficton book entitled Families. The diversity in this book of families is unbelievable as these kids share intimate moments about their experiences in their family. Some of the families interviewd consisted of same sex parents, divorced parents, biracial familes, families with special needs persons, families with adopted children, small ...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
What an interesting way Susan Kuklin has decided to discuss families and all that they entail. She takes the idea of melting pot to a whole new level, describing almost every possible make up of families imaginable. I enjoyed that fact that she focused on families not being about who the members are, but the love they share for each other. I also enjoyed how a child from each of the families discussed his or her situation, such as: how they fit into the family, heritage, siblings, and something ...more
Elizabeth Zyer
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Why this book?: Adds breadth to the classroom library, as many different types of families are represented.

Genre: Informational

Theme/Keywords: Families, diversity, children as authors

Characteristics of quality: Includes many diverse families and recognizes strengths in each.

Special features: Written by children about their families

Gender of primary character: N/A

Race/ethnicity of primary character: N/A

Cultural considerations: Many different cultures, family structures, and abilities are repres
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Kuklin interviewed sixteen families, using the kids’ point of view for each entry. From only children to single parent families, from single race to mixed race families, almost every conceivable type of family is given a two page spread in this book. An author’s note at the front of the book tells us why each entry is a little choppy and tells us little about each family’s history—she let the kids tell her about their family and included what they deemed important. A picture of the entire family ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Published: 2006, Hyperion Books
Age: K-12
This engaging book shows photos of 15 different families with interviews of the children in each family. Each double page shows a family of either a mixed race, or with gay, divorced, or single parents, families that are immigrants, that are of various religions, some that have special needs, or families with adopted children. The children comment about whatever they want, such as an aspect of their life or how they deal with their siblings, parents, or be
Allison Simpson
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Families" is a nonfiction book that gives information about a variety of family structures. Every family mentioned in this book the children told how they felt about the situation they were in. Having each mini story have a picture of that family that was being talked about made it much more personal. As readers we got to see what each family structure looked like and everything based off the illustrations. Diversity is the main key in "Families" because there were different religions, cultures ...more
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Published in 2006 by Hyperion
Interest Level: 4th-7th Grade

This book is an informational text about different children and different types of families. The types and diversity of families is varied and representative of many types of families. I think that the use of interview answers from the children of each family is a great way to represent authentic voices of children and their perspectives of family. There are families of all diversities included, such as those of all ethnicities, mixed-eth
Jasmine Springs
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: multicultural
Susan Kuklin is an author and a photographer which explains why there are only photographs and no drawings in this book. I enjoyed this book because it contained a variety of families within it. The book included; mixed race families, immigrant families, families of gays and lesbians, large families, small families, etc... Families is non fiction and could be a a great tool to use in many different classroom situations in regards to families. It could also be used from Pre-K to about the fourth ...more
Canadian Reader
This is a lovely looking book. In it the author presents a number of families--from same sex, to multi-generational, mixed-race, and orthodox families. My only real complaint is that there are no captions under family photos to identify the members of the family. Much of the text that accompanies each family photo is written in script form, but the reader can't always determine who is who actually speaking--the younger or the older sister or brother. I wish a Native American/Aboriginal family an ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, cultural

Families’ is a book with testimonies from different types of family dynamics such as lesbian, gay, African American, Asian, etc. The lesbian couple has a son and daughter who talk about their daily routine with their mothers. They talk about how much fun they have and how much they love their mothers. The gay couple who are African American and Caucasian adopted an African American child. She talks about what people ask her when she is seen with her fathers and how their family is just as normal
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
There are a variety of families photographed in this book, with interviews of the kids. Twins, multiracial, divorce, adoption, two dads, two moms, Jewish, Muslim, Down's Syndrome, etc.

It was a little difficult answering my child's questions. Naturally,the book is not meant to answer those difficult questions, such as "What is divorce?" "What is adoption?" So you have to be prepared with your answers beforehand.
Chris Young
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kuklin presents a photo essay of many types of families in various colors and configurations. The portraits of each family feel intimate and relaxed, never forced or preachy. Every student could benefit from exposure to this book; they will see families similar to their own and learn that there are many other types of families as well.
N_maryellen Rosenblum
Loved this book and the multitude of families, traditional, bi-racial, same-sex, multicultural, etc. that were shown. The photographs were amazing and most of the writing was taken directly from the children being interviewed. This gave the text an more honest-unbiased feel.
Lin Lin
The author interviewed children from different kinds of families and recorded what they wanted to say about their parents, siblings, and their families. A must-have book in my collection of books on the topic of family with real-life pictures of these families.
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly sweet look at diverse families.
Crystal Crites
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading about different families from the kids perspective. This was a great example of a multicultural book that would be fun to share with students!
Lovely and heartwarming
Marie Summers
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Portraits of many kinds of families, told by the children.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Families come in all sizes and styles.
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