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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 ...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 ...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 ...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.
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!).

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".
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.
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love this book!! Perfect for showing a wide variety of different types of families.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
hilarious, inclusive, simple and silly.
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.
Carolyn Stover
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Love makes a family, no matter the configuration. I loved the illustrations and the message ❤ ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Schmaltzy, simple, and wonderful.
Amanda Joseph
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Families, Families, Families! is written by Suzzanne Lang. I discovered this book on the Welcoming Schools (A project of the human rights campaign foundation) website.
Megan McCloud
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Cute, to the point, and exactly right.
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 ...more
Alyssa Padilla
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity
I love this book because it explains that no family is the same. Not every child lives with a mother and father, and this book explains that that is okay and every family is different.
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 wouldnt be a difficult subject to discuss with kids. However, every family is different, which is the problem when talking about families.
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 ...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. The
Ashley Lennox
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cosette
There is no right family as long as you are loved! ...more
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
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.
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
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