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Who's in My Family?: All About Our Families

(Let’s Talk About You and Me)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Trusted New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris continues her series for preschoolers with a look at the many kinds of families that make up our world.

Join Nellie and Gus and their family — plus all manner of other families — for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore! To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a fun d
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Candlewick
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Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Nellie and Gus take a trip to the zoo with their family, they realize that families come in different sizes and infinite varieties. From the different places families live to the various foods they eat for breakfast, the two children make note of the different animal families they see at the zoo as well as the different human families. Once they return home for a family dinner, they also discuss the physical characteristics of family members with some having mostly wavy or mostly straight h ...more
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This upbeat book talks about the fact that, while families may be different in terms of make-up, members, cultural traditions, physical appearance, etc, families share certain characteristics. Regardless of how many kids a family has, or whether kids live with their mom and dad, or their mom part of the time or their dad part of the time, or two dads, or two moms, or relatives or foster-parents or any of the other myriad combinations, families care about each other and help each othe
Hope Robinson
This book is interesting to all children, even if they have a stereotypical, nuclear family. It offers children a variety of things to think about and explore. The story is age appropriate (K-4), and includes a plot- it follows the lives of two mixed children while they learn about families.

The illustrations follow the story well. They are informative, if not slightly stereotypical of different cultures. For example, Asians eat more than "soup, shrimp dumplings, and rice." It just seemed slightl
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Too complex for my young K-1 students to really use effectively for our family and traditions unit in Social Studies. The section on animal families while cute and fun did not relate back to the necessary academic vocabulary and the illustrations were too busy on the page. I had a hard time even following along with the text the way it was formatted on each page. Not a book I would suggest, but the library selections were limited on the topic. I did not use it in my class and went with modified ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A book that explicitly (using words) and implicitly (using illustrations) shows the huge diversity of families. It includes families of different ethnicities, cultures, and religions. It shows families of mixed ethnicities. It shows single parent families and same gendered parent families and talks about step families.

It compares people families with animal families that the kids see at a zoo.
Chrissy Wassinger
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307
Published: 2012
I felt this book really touched on the true meaning of family. This is a very simple book to read to children to get them understanding the differences in families and how they can vary home to home. It also teaches children what family does for one another. I very much enjoyed this book!
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has amazing illustrations. It takes you on a journey of a young girl and her brother exploring the different family structures they see throughout the day. I think this is a good book to use for introductions to different family structures.
Mary Ryal
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great book that talks about the diversity of families
Alyse Scholten
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book to represent the many different forms of family. This book can be relatable to many different students.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A nice, if not particularly distinctive, addition to the “all families are different” picture book genre. Inclusive and diverse, the illustrations are colorful, but the eyes are a little creepy. 😂
Oliver Zirbel
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bought this as a gift for a friend who has a young daughter being raised in a family with both moms. Wanted them to have a book that shows their family, and soooo many others!
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
Inclusive and multicultural.
This story is about two multi-racial children and their parents and their day at the zoo. The story talks about different kinds of families and illustrates these families in a great way. The illustrations represent multiracial families, families with two dads, families with single mothers, and so on. The story touches on adoption, family structures, even families that do not have children. This book is a great one to incorporate in a kindergarten class because it is a fun and informative book wi ...more
Petter Ruenes
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: PreK-3rd Grade
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I was not sure if I was going to include this book in my assignment. It has very few nonfiction book features. The book is built like a fiction book, but is giving information about different types of families and how they may work. The facts are told alongside a story about a family going to the zoo. Although it's story quality is not more then average in my mind, I think it's a book that does a good job of explaining what a family might be.

It takes up different types of example
Tionna Dorsey
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
"Who's In My Family?:All About Our Families by Robie H. Harris is apart of the picture book collection. Robie H. Harris has won the inaugural Mills Tannenbaum Award. The age recommended for this book is young children 3 to 7 years old, Infancy (I) into Primary (P) ages.

The story is about all types of families, what they eat, what they do and who and how many people are apart of their family. It talks about some families being the same and some being different. Whether it's children living with
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Who's in My Family explores all types of families and various things families do that are different from others. It relates to cultures of food, activities, homes, skin color and members. It has juvenile drawings with conversation bubbles, so it is easy for young students to relate.
Robbie H. Harris is New York Times best selling author.
(2012). Who's in My Family. Publisher's Weekly reviews series for preschool.
Text to world: I had a student with 2 moms and
Callie Messick
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-lit-2360
This is a very cute book that explains that families are different in many ways but they share similarities as well. The biggest similarity emphasized in the book is that all families love each other and enjoy being together. It is written in the perspective of children and covers such diversities as adopted children, same- sex parents and multiple skin pigmentations. I really enjoyed that these aspects of the book were included but even more so I found it especially important when the book took ...more
Alyson Long
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Harris, Robie H. Who’s in My Family? All About Our Families. Candlewick Press. 2012. 40 p. Gr. PK-2.

Nellie and Gus are sister and brother that adore their family. They discuss what being a family means, and that families can come in all shapes and sizes. The main point that they get at is no matter the hair color, skin color, family structure, or activities that are shared, family is family. Families can make us happy, sad, upset, but they always help each other and make sure e
Gayle Swift
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Children will be delighted as they search to find themselves reflected in Who’s in My Family? by Robbie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott. The spirited illustrations include families of every stripe, color and arrangement. Even the locales, cuisine and activities are diverse, accepting and positive. The simple story line follows a brother and sister through a day at the zoo. While there, they observe a variety of families—human and animal.

The tone of the story is upbeat and ac
Christine Turner
join Nellie and Gus and their family -- plus all manner of other families -- for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore! To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a fun dinner at home. Accessible, humorous, and full of charming illustrations depicting families of many configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that whoever makes up your family, it is perf ...more
Holly Hammock
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
So this is the first family book that I have found, because there aren't many, that actually includes foster care as a family dynamic! They have a page that says, "Some children live in their grandparents or aunts and uncles or foster families house." It is so exciting to me because that is the whole reason I chose foster care as a topic to look into. A student I had in my class never could connect to the literature when books about families were being read or discussed. This one he will be able ...more
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What I liked best about this book was that it also included foster families. At my K-3 school, I know of several situations where my kids are in foster situations with and without relatives. I felt the writing was in a conversational tone and by using incomplete sentences, allowed the book to unfold more as a conversation than a didactic treatise. The illustrations are adorable - and add to the familiarity of the subject matter and the convenience of the matter of fact presentation. I also love ...more
Jessica Mitchell
Great book to read to you children these days and ages because there are so many multicultural families in the world today. The cover really set the tone of the book right off the back because you see a happy family and you know they are a couple of two different races. The book explores animals families as well, but that is not the main focus, the book also show the different ways other human families interact with each other. There re so many things to talk about with this book there could be ...more
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Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Join Nellie and Gus and their family — plus all manner of other families — for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore! To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a fun dinner at home. Accessible, humorous, and full of charming illustrations depicting families of many configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that whoever makes up your family, it is perfec ...more
Teresa Madrigal
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This books talks about all the type of families that can be found. such as families with one mother and one father, or just one parent, there is so many different types of families. it also goes into where families are located such as in farms suburbs apartments and anywhere in between. it also goes into how unique every family is such as what they do in a day to day basis and what they eat for breakfast. We also have different features and skin tones. in conclusion it talks about how unique eve ...more
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Harris touches on the topic of different family structures and appearances. By providing visuals and comparisons to animals at the zoo, this book is child-friendly. It allows the child to think and remember that every family is different, there is not
Not just one type of family but families have the same role nonetheless.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book follows a brother and sister as the visit the zoo with their parents.

The book mentions all the different types of families that exist and the accompanying illustrations show multiple family types enjoying different activities together.

This book is quite matter of fact and it doesn't past judgement on any family types (positive or negative) it simply talks about the different family types that exist. As a result, this book would be good for people of all faiths and personal views.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
An acceesbile, cheerful, and fun look at all kinds of families. Harris is the author of some of the best books ever written (and illustrated by Ed Emberly) for children on human body development and sexuality, which are consistently challenged and censored by adults who fear children learning facts about themselves. This book, which acknowledges that there are families with two daddies and two mommies, will undoubtedly be the target of those same ignoramuses.
Dec 10, 2013 added it
Shelves: teacher-specific
The story revolves around Nellie and Gus. They tell us that families come in all shapes, sizes and colors. There are many types of families and we all do what we love to do and that's a good thing. This is a great book to show kids that it doesn't matter who's in your family or what everyone looks like and eats and wears, all that matters is that you love each other.
Who's in the family could be a great introduction to the diversity that is found in each of the readers families. Could be part of a cultural unit to help aide students along in understanding their own background. This book setting is at the zoo which gives great parallel to that of individual families. It also shares how families work. Grades1st and 2nd
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Robie H. Harris has written many award-winning books for children of all ages, including the definitive Family Library about sexuality: IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL, IT'S SO AMAZING!, and IT'S NOT THE STORK! She lives in Massachusetts.

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