4 New Family-Focused Books for Kids

In autumn, we look forward to the holidays and special times that we share and celebrate with our families. Visit your local library and check out these great family-focused picture books to enjoy with the ones you love most!

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney (2015)

Llama Llama is excited for his first ever overnight stay with Gram and Grandpa! Soon after Mama drops him off and waves goodbye, Llama Llama discovers that his beloved Fuzzy is missing! Gram and Grandpa have planned lots of fun treats like gardening and special snacks, but how can Llama Llama enjoy the visit without Fuzzy? Luckily, Grandpa knows just what to do! Young children and parents alike will relate to Llama Llama’s excitement and anxiety and delight in his discovery of a “home away from home.”

Families, Families, Families! by Susan Lang (2015)

The premise of this story is simple: families are different, and that’s ok. Each page features an animal family portrait and a description of who makes up each family. Some families have a mother and a father, but others, an aunt. Some families have one child, while others have many siblings and even cousins. Stepbrothers and sisters, great-grandparents, uncles, and even pets make appearances throughout the story reminding us that anyone can make up a family as long as there is love.  

A Dozen Cousins by Lori Haskins Houran (2015)

From the moment when Anna’s twelve cousins – all boys – burst through her front door, she is subjected to all sorts of mischief.  Preschoolers will enjoy up-tempo rhythmic rhyme as Anna faces lizards in her hat and ice cubes down her shirt. Despite her cousins’ best efforts, Anna always seems to have the upper-hand. Parents and preschoolers will want to read this action-filled rhyming book at least a dozen times!

One Family by George Shannon (2015)

This unique counting book shows families of various sizes participating in daily activities. Diverse, multigenerational families are depicted on every page in colorful, engaging illustrations. Each image includes an assorted array of items for counting like keys, butterfly legs, stairs, pears, puppies and more!

Alesha Lackey is a Children's Librarian with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.