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The Family Book

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,177 ratings  ·  305 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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This is a Todd Parr book about families. Todd Parr doesn’t really vary his style, it’s a Todd Parr book through and through, bright colors and uplifting positive message.

There are all kinds of families out there and all are okay. This is for beginners and up.

I read this to myself, the niece and nephew pass on these books now. I still want to get through his bibliography though, or what the library has. I know there are bigger problems in the world and I’m being a bit silly, but I go to the libr
Sep 24, 2011 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
Megan Knaub
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Family Book by Todd Parr has been banned in multiple school districts because of the reference to same-sex marriage in the portion about having two moms or having two dads. Although this seems like a tough and controversial topic for a child to read about, it is significant. Ever since the legalization of same-sex marriage, there are more and more families that fit this section of the book. As an aspiring teacher, it is important to me that each and every one of students is comfortable in wh ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Todd Parr’s fun illustrations and bright colors set a positive and fun tone for The Family Book . The message is powerful; yet, it is wrapped in a language and drawings that an emerging or pre-reader will find inviting. Your family is special no matter what kind it is.

I think everyone will enjoy this book and find Parr’s message of difference and acceptance extremely welcoming.
Dec 13, 2012 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.
Colby Sharp
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I decided to reread this book after a school district banned it. Banning this book is so so dumb.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just love Todd Parr! This gentle book discusses the many types of families that children belong to.

Used on 9/10/19 in a "Families!" themed storytime.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book, eye catching illustrations, really handy for introducing all kinds of families in a simple way
Oct 29, 2012 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
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is on the banned/challenged/censored book list. Parr's children's book is more than likely challenged because of the real life "issues" he included in his children's book. Real life scenarios present in this children's book include; single parents, divorced families, biracial and interracial families, adoption, stepmoms/stepdads, and different housing situations. All of these are controversial and can be viewed differently depending on one's opinion. This book does however teach childr ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for Kids @

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 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
Jonathan Fowle
Mar 11, 2014 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
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awwww. Look, this is too generalized, of course. Not all families hug each other or celebrate together. But the message comes across. Families don’t have to all look one way in order to be a family. It is a great message for an audience of young children.
Hannah Givens
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, picture-book
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. ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: week-2
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The Family Book by Todd Parr is a great way to teach and encourage children about the variety of family compositions. I can relate to this book because I have a very big and diverse family. While growing up I wasn't very conscious of the cultural differences within my family because I wasn't raised to focus on our differences. I think this book is a great way to encourage children to celebrate who they are and where they come from. One of the ways I would incorporate this
Kelly Hamann
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This sweet, simple book won Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine's Best of 2003 award and the 2004 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. The book is just what it sounds like it is, an affirming sentence per page showing us the various ways families are comprised. The illustrations aid the lightness and sweetness by showing animals and aliens and people when families are described. The family descriptions also vary from the serious (losing a loved one) to the silly (looking like your pet.) This boo ...more
Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
Ages: 2-7

The Family Book shows all the different ways to make a family. This includes single parent, adoption, interracial families, same-gender parents, divorced couples…
Bright and playful drawings show how families come in many different forms. However, families experience sadness when there is a loss, celebrations for special occasions, and support each other.

Awards/Recognitions: Todd Parr is a New York Times Bestselling Author
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Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: PreK - Grade 1
This book illustrates the beautiful concept that we are all different, and we need to embrace our differences. Every family is special, no matter who your parents are!

Reviewed by: Debbie Hersh, Circulation, Vernon Area Public Library
Mikayla Wollan
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. This book highlights that every family and every persons background can be different. I think this is a great lesson for children to begin to understand that their friends may come from homes that are different from their own, but that is okay.

This book is censored because it refers to same sex parents. The book talks about how some families can have two moms or two dads. I think this should not be censored. This book is about students understanding what different fami
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am familiar with the artwork and themes of Todd Parr's books, and immediately enjoyed "The Family Book" with no exception. The color pallet and shapes do blind the reader due to their boldness, but it is without doubt one of the reasons children and adults of all ages return for more!

Now, the reason I picked up this title was in honor of Banned Books Week (2019). Included on our public library's display, I was curious as to the exact reason someone/anyone would oppose a book that celebrates th
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I guess people have strong opinions about Todd Parr's books, but I personally love them. I love the bold, colorful illustrations and the very to-the-point wording. I used this in a family-themed storytime for preschoolers. On each page, Parr mentions different types of families. The ways in which a family is made up is dependent upon the individuals in each family, and each family is special in their own way, but the underlying theme is love. I like the way Parr's books are inclusive of all type ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
It is important to expose children at a young age to the different family dynamics that exist outside their own. The message in this book is that there are many different ways to be a family. "Some families are big ... some are different colors ... some look alike ... some have step parents ... Some are adopted ... Some have two moms."
The book points out differences between family structures, as well as similarities that "all families" share. "All families like to hug each other … all families c
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-youth
Sweet story showing all kinds of different families, and that each one is special, no matter what members it has or doesn't. There's also lots of strong colors and animal figures to talk through with toddlers. ...more
Ben Truong
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Family Book is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Todd Parr, which focus on the definition of family and what constitutes a family. This book explores a myriad of families and validating each and every one is accepted.

The text is simplistic and flowed rather well making the story a quick read. What is different about this book is that it depicts the family not just from its members, but what they do, where they live, and how they live. The illustrations are much to be desir
Bridget Beresford
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think The Family Book by Todd Parr is a nicely written book that would be good for very young children to read, or to have a parent or family member read to them. It is about the different kinds of families out there, those with two parents, those with one parent, those with two moms or two dads, or a mom and a dad. There are many different combinations of families but the point of the book is that they are families regardless of those different combinations. Families are important, they are s ...more
Tiana Valentin
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-study
The Family Book points out several of the similarities and differences between families. Some families can be small, while others can be large. No matter the size, color, or living situation, Todd Parr reminds all kids that every family is special in their own way!

This book does a good job at reminding students that all families are different, and that they should be prideful of their families uniqueness. Todd Parr represents all different types of families in his illustrations - from people to
Danni Green
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: q4p, r4k
This is a book about different types of families with brightly-colored illustrations. It depicts different family configurations and dynamics fairly well, but really misses the mark in some major ways. One in particular is that the illustrations show humans and animals in many bright colors, but not a lot of colors that human bodies actually are. Also, an element that may be a confusing is that some of the illustrations show people, some show animals as pets, and some show anthropomorphized anim ...more
Zacquelyne Montour
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Family Book by Todd Parr has been banned in some school districts because it mentions same sex marriage. It very briefly reads "Some families have two moms or two dads." I read the book knowing that it has been banned and knowing that some families were upset to even have this book allowed in their child's class. As I read this book, all I could think about was how great this book would be to read in my own classroom. It talks about every family possible and proves that not every family is t ...more
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