A Booklist for All Families

Books that showcase the diversity of today's families

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From books with main characters who are LGBTQ+ to stories of children who have gay friends or adoptive or divorced parents, these books portray the different types of today's families.


1. I'm Adopted!

By Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly; Holiday House

Ages 2-5

Why does my sister look so different from me? Is it true that your new brother came from another country? This colorful, engaging look at adoption for parents and children features a perceptive text and dynamic photographs.

2. Big Bob, Little Bob

By James Howe; Candlewick

Ages 3-7

Three friends learn that gender doesn’t matter when it comes to playing with toys.

3. Who's in My Family

by Robie Harris; Candlewick

Ages 3-7

Accessible, humorous, and full of charming illustrations depicting families of many configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that whoever makes up your family, it is perfectly normal — and totally wonderful.

4. Worm Loves Worm

By J.J. Austrian; HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray

Ages 3-8

Worm loves worm, and now they want to get married.  But which worm is the bride and which is the groom?  And does it matter?

5. When Otis Courted Mama

by Kathi Appelt; HMH Books for Young Readers

Ages 4-8

Cardell knows he’s loved by his perfectly good mama and his perfectly good daddy. They live in different parts of the desert, but that’s okay—Cardell is mostly used to it. Then Otis comes calling, and Cardell feels a grrr form in his throat.

6. Because Your Grandparents Love You

by Andrew Clements; Clarion Books

Ages 4-8

As every child knows, grandparents are special. Why? Because they love their grandchildren in their own unique way. Although the boy and girl in this story often make mistakes, their grandparents never lose patience, but help their grandchildren and cheer when they get things right.

7. Home at Last

By Vera Williams and Chris Raschka; HarperCollins/Greenwillow

Age 5-8

Lester finds a loving home with Daddy Rich and Daddy Albert and their big, fluffy dog.

8. Year of the Baby

by Andrea Cheng; HMH Books for Young Readers

Ages 6-9

Last year, Anna learned how to be a good friend. Now that her family has adopted a baby girl from China, she wants to learn how to be a good sister. But the new year proves challenging when the doctor warns that the baby isn’t thriving. Can Anna and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project that saves the day? 

9. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

by Brenda Woods; Puffin Books

Ages 8-12

Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brenda Woods’ moving, uplifting story of a girl finally meeting the African American side of her family explores racism and how it feels to be biracial, and celebrates families of all kinds.

10. Lily and Dunkin

By Donna Gephart; Random House Children’s/Delacorte

Grades 4-6

Lily is fighting to live openly as a girl, Dunkin is fighting his memories of his father, and they’re both fighting to save the tree in front of the library.

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Inevitable and Only

By Lisa Rosinsky

Ages 10+

A deeply emotional coming-of-age story that explores the choices you make when your family—and your life—changes overnight.