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The Family Book

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,671 Ratings  ·  237 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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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Peter Allen
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Your book Todo Meco, Jajjaja this good
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 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 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.
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.
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
This is a wonderful book that I believe everyone should read. It uses animals, as well as people, to show how families are different or alike. The simplicity of it is great because it gets the point across even sooner. Children will not lose interest and they will be intrigued by all of the colors as well. It is important, at any age, to read a book that introduces things like same-sex couples, biracial couples, as well as many other types of families that not everyone accepts as okay. There mig ...more
Darlene Pasquale
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life
1) no awards
2) appropriate grade levels - Pre K-2nd grade
3) Summary - This bright and colorful book explores all different types of families. This book uses simple terms to explain and show that differences are okay. This book is an excellent display of acceptance.
4) I really love this book and the message it sends. A child's family life at home is a huge part of who they are. It is a great way for a classroom community to show and support tolerance.
5) For this book, a teacher can have stude
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
Emilie Liebert
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
This book discusses many different types of families. It covers family size, how many parents, interracial relationships, and two moms or two dads. It celebrates the differences then brings it together by saying things like, "But all families hug each other" and "All families love each other".
It's sweet and simple with bright pictures. The large, simple text makes it easier for children to read. It shows that no matter what your family looks like, it depends on the love. It's an easy message fo
Hope Robinson
This book contains both animals and humans as the characters, however, the characters are not of "normal" color (think blue, purple, red, etc.) I think I understand why the author/illustrator was attempting to do (make the pictures void of any race), but by doing that, children can't relate at all to the alien-looking people and animals.

The story itself is cute, however there is not plot, storyline, problem, or resolution. The story is interesting and informative, and it is also age-appropriate
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I think this book is as good as a book about explaining a family dynamic to children. It's an incredibly valuable book to read to all children, especially those that are younger. I love the illustration quality of this book, the pictures have a certain quirky quality to. The message it gives to kids is great and the only reason I gave it 4 stars is because in the book they don't directly address the issue of race. The people in the book are blue, purple, yellow, etc. and it kind of takes away fr ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
I give this book a 3 star.

In the book it address how families can different from the one you may have. These things can be that they have different family structures like step parents and step silbings or they may have two moms and two days. This book always them to address these problems in a fun way.

Ways to use this in a classroom
1)Introduce the idea some may have different family structures
2)Have the students write about their own family
3) Draw pictures on the different family structures
4) U
Katherine Pak
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story is interesting to children. It is age-appropriate and children can understand what is being represented, it utilizes style and language that are appropriate for the children's ages and interests.
The illustrations are accurate in terms of setting, plot, and characters, correspond to the text, and it enhances and adds to the story.
The children are exposed to multiple perspectives and values.
The author really celebrates different kinds of families and in a positive way. He uses a lot of
Nicholas King
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
The Family Book is an excellent book that everyone can take a lesson from. The book helps readers acknowledge that everyone and their own families are very different from one another. Personally, I looked at It as the book the tries to help kids recognize people's differences today and be more accepting of them. People may have differences but in similar ways, we are all so much alike in many aspects. Children most importantly can take this message and not discriminate as much or judge as much a ...more
Rachel Turner
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
An all-inclusive look at a diverse array of families, The Family Book is the latest by Todd Parr. The book's simple statements of tolerance and love are accompanied by Parr's equally simple, bright-hued illustrations bordered by a thick black line. Parr runs the gamut of potential familial situations, from families that live far apart to those with ""two moms or two dads,"" conveying the message that no matter what little differences makes each unique, a family's love for each other is what real ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My two month old really enjoyed this. He’s pretty young so obviously the words don’t have much meaning yet but he lived the colour scheme, it completely captured his attention the entire way through (and this was the fourth book we had read in a row!). He was fighting his sleep so he could continue to look at this as I read.

I love the messages in this book and will forever read it to him as he grows up.
Lyla Muhlenkamp
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, by Todd Parr, because it explains all the different types of families there could be in the world. This is a good book to read within the first week of school so that your students know that their are different family structures out there. This book is a good indication that no matter what color or how your family is structured, we should always treat people with respect.
Brooke Lewis
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The Family Book, is simple, but still casual and silly. The book reassures readers that all different types of families are important and special. The fiction book makes statements about different kinds of families. How some families have pets, some families are big, some families are quiet, some loud, and more. The book does show that all families have certain things in common, no matter how different they appear. The book is amusing and will reach children of elementary age. The book does not ...more
Katie Born
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el-230
I chose this book because it was read to me as a child. The design of the book stood out to me when reading it because the pictures are cartoon-like and the colors are solid primary and secondary colors only. I like this style for a book meant for younger kids because it is simple and relates the words to the pictures very well. This is a cute story about family that I enjoyed reading again as an adult.
Tarin Cosby
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this is a great book to show to children trying to understand others around them. The story shows many different families and how all of them are unique. It also shows that even though every family is unique they are all the same in some ways. The book as simple text with bright and fun pictures.
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