Learning About Family Structures & Fairness

Title of Children’s Book:  The Family Book

Author(s) of Children’s Book: Todd Parr

Brief Summary of the Book:

This book discusses the many different forms of families there are whether a child has a mom and dad, two moms, two dads, one mom, etc. It also discusses big and small families, as well messy and clean families, families of different colors, families living near or far from each other, step families, adoption, families eating different foods, families being quiet or noisy, families being clean or messy, families living alone or sharing a house with other families, etc. Although it talks about differences, it also discusses similarities. It talks about things that all families do such as giving hugs, being sad when they lose someone they love, celebrating special days together, and helping each other be strong. The last page of the book says: “There are lots of ways to be a family. Your family is special no matter what kind it is.” This book shows that it is okay to be different and really strengthens all family forms.

Title of Children’s Book:  The Night My Dad Went to Jail

Author(s) of Children’s Book:  Melissa Higgins

Brief Summary of the Book:

This book talks about a little boy whose dad has been arrested. In a very age- appropriate manner, the book goes through how a boy’s father was arrested and a social worker takes them to a foster home. It talks a lot about how sometimes parents make bad choices but that that does not mean they are a bad person. It discusses the importance of safety and how the only reason they are going to live in a foster home for a while is so they can be safe.

Title of Children’s Book:  This Is My Family: A First Look at Same-Sex Parents

Author(s) of Children’s Book:  Pat Thomas

Brief Summary of the Book:

This book brings up topics about same-sex parents and helps the reader to understand different situations. The book does not tell a story about a single character, however, it discusses situations same-sex parents relate to. The book explains the difference between gay and lesbian in a simple way for younger children to understand. It also informs the reader how same-sex parents do not reproduce children the same way as a heterosexual couple; and brings up adoption. The book explains to the reader that same-sex couples treat their children in the same way as others. Throughout the book, the author provides questions for the reader to take in perspective of their relationships and about family differences. The end concludes with the statement that there is more than one way to make a family, but it is the love and support that is shared that makes these family dynamics the same.

Title of Children’s Book): And Tango Makes Three

Author(s) of Children’s Book:  Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Brief Summary of the Book:

It takes place in New York, at the Central Park Zoo. It begins by talking about different human families going to see, different animal families present in the zoo. The book specifically focuses on penguin families. There are two male penguins that fall in love. It explains how they are just the same as all the other families, and do all the same things as the other families. Although when the male and female partners start to have babies, the two males aren’t able to lay an egg. So the zookeeper brings them an extra egg. The two male penguins hatch and raise the baby together. This book is based on a true story and I think you can still go see the family of three at the zoo.

*Book selection & summary made in conjunction with students from Winter 2017 ECE 325 class.