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Stella Brings the Family

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  900 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two daddies to do? It's not that she doesn't have someone who helps her with her homework, or tucks her in at night. Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn't have a mom to invite to ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Chronicle Books
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Ryan M. Hanna
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was illustrated beautifully. I want to live in a world like Stella - where having gay parents isn't really an issue. In the book, many different definitions of 'family' are displayed. I do think the book had a hiccup at the end. After Stella solves her Mother's Day problem, the classmate of hers that has two moms worries about Father's Day and who he'll invite. It would've been much more meaningful if that boy learned from Stella's definition of what makes a family and not been ...more
La Coccinelle
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I actually found this book kind of sad. All the little kids in Stella's class have been so indoctrinated by the idea of what moms do and what dads do that their thinking has become very rigid along stereotypical gender lines. Apparently, dads can't make lunches or read bedtime stories or kiss boo-boos. It's great that Stella ends up showing her classmates that men can do all of the stereotypical "motherly" things, but she shouldn't have had to. That's not the book's fault, though; it's ...more
Barbara
Teachers who plan Mother's and Father's Day celebrations would do well to pay attention to this book since many children live in families that are less traditional than they might expect. In fact, there are plenty of children without mothers or fathers in their home. Stella has the opposite dilemma. She has two fathers--Papa and Daddy--who take care of her but no mother. As her classmates help her try to figure out who to invite to the class celebration, she struggles since her two fathers and ...more
Nay Keppler
Really loved it. I don't read books in story time that are based on a mom or dad or grandma or grandpa because you never know who someone has in their life, and who may be upset to know they don't have that special person. I love that this book tackled that in a very sweet way. Also, I LOVE the illustrations!
Dolly
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This book shows how one classroom finds a way to make a Mother's Day celebration inclusive for a young girl with two fathers.

The story shows a very diverse classroom and Stella discovers that she is not the only one with non-traditional family guests, as one classmate has two mothers and another brings his grandmother since his mom is deployed with the military.

The watercolor illustrations are colorful and cartoonish and are sure to appeal to younger children.

Overall, it's a fast read and helps
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Mehsi
An adorable picture book about a little girl with two fathers and her worries about Mother's Day.

When I spotted this little picture book, I just had to read it. There aren't that many books that feature this kind of topic (though I would highly cheer for there to be more of them).
Plus of course, being a cover lover, when I saw the cover I wanted to see more of the art. :)

The story is about Stella, about her class who is having a Mother's Day celebration. Normally this wouldn't form a problem,
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Elena
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
GLBT Book Month Challenge, book 10/10.

A Mother's Day party at school sends Stella, who has two dads, into a quandary. My favorite part of this story is that one of Stella's classmates is a boy with two moms, and when, at the end of the book, Stella looks forward to inviting her dads to the Father's Day party, there's a moment where you see the boy begin his own "Who do I invite?" crisis--just a little "here we go again" giggle moment.

I did have a few qualms with the assumption made that everyone
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Yesenia
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stella Brings the Family is a book about a young girl with two dads. Her class is having a Mother's Day celebration and she gets worried about who she will invite. This is a great book with such a realistic situation. When schools have these sorts of celebrations, they can be discriminating against those families who may not have a "mother" but a grandmother, guardian, two dads, etc. The book gives examples of how other students are asking who does things, like bedtime kisses like their moms, ...more
Kathryn
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A story about different types of families with wonderful illustrations.
Dna
I loved this book, because it's a relatable story about how not all families are alike. This story is about a little girl named Stella who has two dads. Her teacher plans a Mother's Day event, and Stella, not having a mother figure in her life, takes her dads instead. Cute message about diversity and families and love, but it DOES beg the question...why couldn't Stella just wait until Father's Day?

I grew up without my father and had to do alllllll the father's day crapola my teacher's planned
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Aneesa
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Worried what to do when your school celebrates Mother's or Father's Day? So are the kids in this book. Worried about the over-representation of redheads in children's literature? This book won't help.
Dione Basseri
I read this directly after the new edition of "Heather Has Two Mommies," and they form a perfect pair. While "Heather" covers families with two women as parents, Stella's family has two men--her Papa and Daddy. But that's not all a family is! There's also aunts and uncle, grandmas and grandpas, and lots of others, and Stella decides that if she doesn't have a mother to bring for Mother's day, she'll just bring the whole clan!

As with "Heather," the illustrator does a great job of shows the
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Grace Laperuto
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a little girl with two father's, and her solution to who to bring to a Mother's Day Celebration. It is so important that Diverse Family's stories are shared just as much as traditional families, and this is a great story for doing just that.

I found the illustrations to be very appealing, and the writing shows how a routine activity can be a challenge to someone else. The themes are accceptance, diversity, and understanding. I would reconmmend this book for children ages
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Osmara Rico
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a little girl named Stella, who goes to school, but one day the teacher tells them they will have a party. All very happy, but Stella is sad to hear that it is a party for moms. She does not have a mother, she has two parents, and she does not know who she is going to take to the party. The day of the party arrives and she takes her two fathers, her classmate takes his two mothers, and another takes her grandmother. All very happy at the party. In this book you can appreciate ...more
Mary
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stella's class is preparing for Mother's Day. She is feeling anxious because she doesn't have a mother -- Stella has two dads instead, plus an assortment of other relatives, but no mom. Schiffer tells an unbeat tale that perfectly characterizes a child's nervousness about not fitting the school norm. The ending is satisfying with a hint of what's to come on Father's Day. A gentle story with a big hearted reminder that families come in all shapes and sizes.
Nan
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: lbgtq
Meh. I like the premise of the book - not everyone has a mom for a Mother's Day party. Stella has two dads and lots of other extended family but no mom. She worries about who to bring until one of her friends suggests she bring them all. I didn't like the artwork-strange red lines to make rosy cheeks and I hated the strange colors and fonts in the text for no apparent reason. Ending was disappointing since another child worries about Fathers Day.
Mary Ann
When Stellas teacher announces their class is going to have a celebration for Mothers day, everyone is excited, everyone except for Stella. What should she do? She has two dads and no mom. I especially love how Schiffer tells the story through Stellas eyes, perfectly capturing a childs perspective -- sharing her worries, her classmates questions and the happy ending. ...more
Bookishrealm
AMAZING! I loved how Stella had to be creative in order to make sure she was included in the Mother's Day celebration. This book will definitely be included in my LGBTQIA+ picture book recommendations.
Jenni Frencham
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recommended this book to a parent today who was looking for "books for very young children about kids with LGBT parents." She said this was exactly what she was looking for. I would easily use this book in a storytime about families. Recommended.
Michelle
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, picture-books
Not everyone has a mother they can bring, and in Stella's case she only has two dads. Who is she to bring to school's Mother's Day Party?

Such a great book for modern families and solution to holidays such as Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Ms Threlkeld
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I appreciate the fact that Stella solves the problem of who to bring to her school's Mother's Day party, but was annoyed that the teacher planned the event in the first place since so many kids don't have traditional families.
Shaunesay
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute kiddo book, I'm glad to see the question of what makes a family dealt with so well.

A librarian friend suggested we all read more children's books, so I am!
Erin Kinney
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
This book is so stinkin' cute. I love all of the inclusivity. Our local library is having a Drag Queen Story Hour and this is one book that will be read.
Kelsey Gourd
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly why we have VIP day at our school instead. :)
Jamila
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This gorgeously illustrated book walks Stella through the process of figuring out how to handle Mother's Day when she has two dads at home. Full of love, this is a great addition to any library!
Caroline
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lqbtq-books
This was a cute story, but also an important one for a number of reasons! It normalizes families who do not fit the "one mom, one dad" mold, but I also think it's an important message for educators to strive for more inclusivity. Stella's teacher wants to throw a "Mother's Day party" but doesn't seem to consider Stella, who has two dads, or any other hypothetical child in the class who's mother may have passed, may not be in the picture, can't get off of work for a school party, or children who ...more
Nikki
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is one about different types of families. It gives a variety of different family examples and leads the reader to understand not everyone has a mom and a dad. No matter what type of family you have, the story shows that they all love each other. This story also addresses the concerns a child may have with not being in a stereo typical family. I love this book and I think that it would be wonderful to share with any child because there are many perspectives through out the story.
Ana Pedraza
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stella Brings the Family is about a little girl who is worrying about who she will bring to her Mother's day celebration when she only has two dads. At the very beginning it shows Stella getting extremely nervous because she does not know who she with invite to the party because she is the inly one in the class with no mommy. I believe in school that many students feel like this in some situations, they get worried because they aren't like the other kids and it does not have to be the parents ...more
Alexis Chatham
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-text-set
This is one of the best realistic fiction children's books I have read in a long time, everything about it is great the story, the illustrations, and the representation. The characters are amazing they are all so real and relatable. Stella talks and interacts in the book just as any other child would; she is easy to understand as well, nothing is too complicated. As for the other characters, there is so much variety, and no negative stereotypes presented. The story itself allows children to ...more
Jordan
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stella Brings the Family is a rich fiction story filled with struggles a child with two mommies or daddies could find interest in. The story is age appropriate aiming at the age range of five and above. The style of writing and language is appropriate for such ages. The story gives a notable problem and solution when Stella does not know what to do when it was Mothers day at her school when she has two daddies. The characters were realistic, all with human qualities and emotions. The ...more
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Miriam B. Schiffer is a co-author of the children's book review column "The Reading Chair" in Young Children, a journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This is her first book for children. She lives in Brooklyn.

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