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Families, Families, Families!

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No matter your size, shape, or pedigree--if you love each other, you are a family!

Moms, dads, sisters, brothers — and even Great Aunt Sue — appear in dozens of combinations, demonstrating all kinds of nontraditional families! Silly animals are cleverly depicted in framed portraits, and offer a warm celebration of family love.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOOOOOOVEEE!!!! Perfect. Great for any child to see other families that could be just like their own family. And great for kids to see that there are other non-traditional families out there.
This was great! I loved the exploration of all the families. The art work was amazing. It was a combination of photographs as the background and then illustrated characters in the foreground. The concept really made reading it all the more entertaining. What I loved most was the sense of humor in the book. You have to play close attention to all the characters and their facial expressions to understand! Just simply spectacular is all I can say. It was just a great way to look at all the way peop ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
finally!! cute and fun book making kids feel good about whatever type of family they have. the illustrations are stellar!! some of the phrasing's a bit clunky but there's not much to recommend in this subject so this has to be at the top of the list.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
simply adorable!

"If you love each other, then you are family." :)
Sarah Rusk
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diverse-books
Suzanne and Max Lang collaborated on this book to create an engaging text that is relatable to all readers. Suzanne's simple language is easy to understand for all ages, and the straight-forward quality presents the information in a way that is neither argumentative or judgmental. An example of this is when she states, "Some children live with their father. Some children have two mothers." Every statement is accompanied with a "photograph" of the family described. Max Lang incorporated many medi ...more
Natalia Ruiz
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: family-roles
This book does a great job at addressing diversity with in relationships. Animals are used to describe different families that children may come from and see around them. The animals chosen for each type of family (Divorced, Single Parent, Grandparents, Step-Parents, Aunts, Uncles, 2 Moms, 2 Dads etc.) are randomly selected and display no direct correlation between illustration and type of family being described. The animals chosen are diverse in color, shape and size. They have animals ranging ...more
Finally! I am a 33 year old librarian and this is the first time I've ever seen a kid's books that shows children being raised by their grandparents - my own familial constellation. Representation matters. And this book runs the full spectrum including adopted kids, kids with gay/lesbian parents, kids with single moms and dads (also really important!) and many other combinations. Although I was a bit sad to see one omission - there were no foster kids represented.

I also have to say the slightly
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
Animal portraits illustrate the many ways that families can be formed. There is incredible humor in the illustrations - great and sometimes goofy facial expressions and often very funny content. For example "some children are adopted" is the caption below a picture of two sheep holding two wolf cubs. "Some children have many pets" - a hippo family surrounded by a dozen birds - while on the next page: "and some just have a plant" shows two grinning tigers, their cub and a cactus. While my story t ...more
Sara Grochowski
I love this book! In Families, Families, Families! Suzanne and Max Lang use all types of animals to illustrate every type of family you can imagine. The text is quick and humors, but it's the illustrations that steal the show. The expressions and animal combinations are quirky, charming, and entirely too cute.
Emma (Miss Print)
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
I really, really, really like this one.

Very clever way to talk about all different families. Smart as well with some jokes to catch on re-reading including a sheep couple who have adopted two wolves (and dressed them appropriately, of course!).

May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love this book!! Perfect for showing a wide variety of different types of families.
Kayla Edwards
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book does a great job of explaining how all families are different yet they have something in common: they love and care for one another. Very sweet and well-handled.
Lauren Waters
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the diversity of families shared in this book! My kids were also thrilled by all the different family portraits using animals.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
hilarious, inclusive, simple and silly.
Carol Jen
This picture book is a super sweet and adorable look at all the different types of families...I love the last line "If you love each other, then you are a family".
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
So much love for this book. It is so important to normalize families that look different. Not every family looks the same, but it's love that makes it run.
Darcy Grabenstein
Opening: Yesterday we read the book Families. In that book the authors used photographs or pictures of real families. Today we are going to read the book Families, Families, Families! This book is about families too, but look at the pictures (flip through a few pages in the book). If you look very carefully some parts of the pictures are photographs and others are drawings. (Give children some time to discern which parts are photos and which parts are drawings on each page) What do you notice ab ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My fifteenth book for #bannedbooksweek this year. This book was actually one of four LGBTQ library books burned late October 2018 in Iowa.

It was okay. Hard to believe someone burned this book to keep it from children and their families.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-literature
Families, Families, Families! Written by Suzanne Lang

Illustrated by Max Lang

Copyright: 2015

Genre: Picture book

Literature Requirement: Monarch Award Nominee for 2017

*Spoiler Alert* Families, Families, Families! deserves five out of five stars because this book deals with the difficult topic of families. Most people believe that talking about families wouldn’t be a difficult subject to discuss with kids. However, every family is different, which is the problem when talking about families. Children
Gloria G
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfect book to celebrate the various types of families. The author, Suzanne Lang, included many types of families, such as single parent families, extended families, and small and large families, without making the traditional family the norm. Award winning illustrator, Max Lang, gives you the illusion that you are walking through the homes of these families and looking at their family portraits on the wall. Lang used real photos as the backgrounds of the family portraits and picture frames to ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
In rhythmic rhyme, this picture book celebrates each and every kind of family there is. Starting with families with lots of siblings, the book quickly moves to embrace only children, families with gay and lesbian parents, single parent families, and children who live with extended family. Then the book moves into other differences like step families, adoption, and parents who may or may not be married. Towards the end, the book gains momentum and speed and rushes merrily through silly types of d ...more
Ben Truong
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Families, Families, Families! is a children's picture book written by Suzann Lang and illustrated by Max Lang, 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, rhythmic, and flowed rather well making the story a quick read. What is different about this book is that it depicts the family from the child's point of view – not the adults, which is rather interesting. Th
Lexie Hoffmann
1) My rationale for selecting Families, Families, Families as part of my culturally diverse text set is because it fits in with an overall 'theme' – describing how families might not look like yours, but that doesn't mean that is a bad thing. The book focuses on how different families can be. That some children have two dads or live with their grandparents, have stepbrothers/sisters or live with cousins. The reason this book was chosen, specifically, is because the story revolves around teaching ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about diversity. The question is what actually constitutes a family? Can it include your aunt, your grandparents, your plant, and your cousins? This book explains that as long as these individuals love each other they are your family, so anything goes including your stepsis and your llama, if you have one. Using crazy animals, this author shows children that your family can include all sorts of different situations and that any combination is okay as long as there is love in ...more
Danielle Mootz
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and how it embraces our very unique, special and colorful nontraditional families.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-k-bookshelf
(Diverse literature)
"Families, Families, Families" by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang (2016), is such a perfect book for preschoolers about acceptance and diversity. The Langs use silly illustrated animal families, set against real backdrops, to share their message that families come in all shapes and sizes. "Some children have two dads" or "Some have one mom" are short messages that will keep kiddos interested and engaged. The "snapshots" of each animal family are so well done in a repetitive format
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book meets the criteria for diverse literature because it shows different types of families. No one family is alike, some have multiple children while some have two dads. I think that this book is diverse because it shows children that there are many different aspects to families and that just because their family is not the same as another does not mean that theirs is any worse or better. All families of any kind are good families.

An app that I would recommend that promotes literacy in Pre
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Elementary teachers or Any child to read
Shelves: wow-books
I adore the illustrations in this book. The biggest struggle children have with alternative families is the fear of being different. This book made every type of family look fun, funny, cute, and just plain wonderful. I really like any book that highlights that all families are families, no matter what they look like.
I especially love how each illustration was framed as a "family Photo." Students are more engaged when stories relate to them and this book and it's illustrations relate to every an
Alondra Villa
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Families, Families, Families!, is a wonderful picture book that uses animals to teach the reader how families can look very different from one another. And although they may look different the story in the end assures that as long as they love each other they are a family. This is a picture book that illustrates with different shapes and colors how different families look. I gave this book four stars because I think this is such an important topic for kids to learn at an early age so they feel i ...more
Kari Sommers
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We are in love with this book. I had been looking for a simple book to explain different kinds of families to my son, who was startiing at a new preschool, and this one just appeared at Target when we were back-to-school shopping. It is perfect for preschoolers - rhyming text, fun illustrations, and just enough information to prompt a discussion.
I read: "Some children have two dads."
My kid: Why?
I say: Sometimes a man and a man love each other the way Mommy and Daddy love each other.
My kid says
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