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Old 04-11-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Toddler/preschool books depicting alternative families

DD is having difficulty understand families that don't involve just a mom and a dad. When we are reading books together, she is asking questions which demonstrate her confusion.

Does anyone know of any books that show alternative family structures - 2 moms, 2 dads, grandparents raising the kids, etc..

She just turned 3, but her favorite activity is reading, so even books designed for slightly older kids would be okay.

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Old 04-11-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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Re: Toddler/preschool books depicting alternative families

I'm really excited to see other responses so thank you for posting the question.

The only one I've read is "Mommy, Mama, & Me'. It's a simple board book definitely good for younger toddlers - a sentence or two per page. Maybe too simple for your 3 yo bookworm.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/re.../dp/1582462631

I see amazon has collected similar titles on this page which might be helpful.
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Re: Toddler/preschool books depicting alternative families

check out the author Todd Parr he has a book called "The Family Book", there is also "At My House What Makes a Family is Love" by Dee Dee Walter-Goodspeed.
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I used a book at work called "Free to be a Family" (I think )
You can also look into ACT for Kids, Positive Publications and teachingtolerance.org

The Boy Who Grew Flowers

Level: Pre K to K Grades 1 to 2 Grades 3 to 5
Subject: Reading and Language Arts

The Boy Who Grew Flowers ($16.99), by Jen Wojtowicz, is about a strange boy named Rink Bowagon who lives with his odd family up on Lonesome Mountain. With every full moon, flowers bloom out of the top of his head. What will happen when he meets the other children at school? Find out in this beautiful story about courage, difference and friendship.

978-1-8414-8686-4
Barefoot Books
(866) 417-2369

We Are Family: A Musical Message For All

Level: Pre K to K Grades 1 to 2 Grades 3 to 5
Subject: Reading and Language Arts Social Studies

We Are Family: A Musical Message For All is a "multi-species lesson in tolerance and diversity." This DVD has all the cartoon favorites of young children promoting the moral values we all hold dear. Join SpongeBob SquarePants and all his friends and sing along. Includes curriculum guide.

We Are Family Foundation
(646) 403-8025
http://www.wearefamilyfoundation.org

Level: Pre K to K Grades 1 to 2 Grades 3 to 5
Subject: Reading and Language Arts Social Studies

Lucy's Family Tree ($16.95), by Karen Halvorsen Schreck, is an excellent resource for teachers to rethink the family tree project. It's the story of a girl named Lucy who was born in Mexico and adopted in the United States. Excellent resources in the appendix show alternative models of the family tree.

Tilbury House Publishers
978-0-8844-8225-1
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Molly’s Family

Level: Pre K to K Grades 1 to 2
Subject: Reading and Language Arts Social Studies

During a very typical classroom activity, Molly is asked to draw a picture of her family for Open School Night. When Molly draws her Mommy and then her Mama Lu, the class makes fun of her. Molly’s Family ($16) is about “All kinds of family members. And all kinds of families.”

9780-3743-5002-7
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There's a companion to Mama, Mommy, and Me called Daddy, Papa and Me, I think. Saw it the other day in the baby store.

I love the Free to be...a Family album by Marlo Thomas and Friends. I got it when I was little because j was adopted, but it talks about all kinds of family stuff and has fun guest stars like Mel Brooks, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams.
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