‘A Family is a Family is a Family’ by Sara O’Leary and Qin Leng


“Families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured.”

When a teacher asks her students to describe their family, one child is worried about what to say because she suspects that her family is different. But as she listens to her classmates talk about who lives with them and loves them (one raised by a grandmother, another has two dads, one has many step-siblings, and another has a new baby in the family) she realises that diversity is a good thing!  This is a warm and whimsical look at many types of families, with soft art and gentle humour.

Some examples of the writing:
“There are lots of kids in our family. Mom and Dad just keep coming home with more.”
“Both my moms are terrible singers. And they both like to sing really loud.”
“I have more grandparents than anybody else I know.”
“One week Mom gets me. The next week Dad does. Fair’s fair.”
“Some of the kids were Dad’s when he met Mom. Some were Mom’s when she met Dad. Now we all belong to each other.”
“One of my dads is tall and one is short. They both give good hugs.”
“Someone asked my foster mother to point our her real children. She replied, ‘Oh, I don’t have any imaginary children, all my children are real!'”

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