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'Ohana Means Family by  Ilima Loomis
In this cumulative rhyme in the style of The House That Jack Built, a family celebrates Hawaii and its culture while serving poi at a luau.
A Crazy-Much Love by  Joy Jordan-Lake
How MUCH is the crazy-much love? This simple question is answered as two parents recount the journey of adopting their daughter and the many milestone moments that follow. From the child's first bath and first time riding a tricycle, all the way to her boarding that big yellow bus, the crazy-much love grows SO MUCH that it spills out the windows and busts down the doors. A warm, lyrical celebration of the deep love parents hold for their children, and a comforting message for kids about how there can be only one special YOU.
Between Us and Abuela : A Family Story From the Border by  Mitali Perkins
When Maria, Juan, and their mother go to the border between California and Mexico to visit their grandmother at Christmas, Maria must devise a way to get Juan's gift over the fence.
Bunny in the Middle by Anika Denise
Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the joys of being the middle child in a loving family of rabbits.
Family is a Superpower by Michael Dahl
In this DC Comics picture book, the heroic adventures of the Justice League mirror the extraordinary lives of real-life children and their diverse families. With bold illustrations and poetic text, this story makes all families--no matter how big or how small--feel out of this world!
Fry Bread : A Native American Family Story by  Kevin Noble Maillard
Using illustrations that show the diversity in Native America and spare poetic text that emphasizes fry bread in terms of provenance, this volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized tribes.
Going Down Home With Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons
Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.
Just Like a Mama by  Alice Faye Duncan
Carol Olivia Clementine wishes her parents did not live so far away, but Mama Rose provides a home, loves her, and cares for her just like a mother would.
Life With My Family by  Renee Hooker
A young girl, observing that life with her family is not easy, imagines the quintet as a pod of pelicans, a swarm of bees, or a herd of buffalo. Includes note about, and list of, collective nouns for animals.
My Grandma and Me by  Mina Javaherbin
While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Mina Javaherbin's words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader. Soft, colorful, and full of intricate patterns, Lindsey Yankey's illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home, and the adoration between Mina and her grandma is evident on every page.--Google Books.
Still a Family by Brenda Reeves
A little girl and her parents have lost their home and must live in a homeless shelter. Even worse, due to a common shelter policy, her dad must live in a men's shelter, separated from her and her mom. Despite these circumstances, the family still finds time to be together.
The Day of Your Arrival by  Dolores (Children's author) Brown
An adoption story told from the point of view of two parents about the love they have for their adopted child.
The Little Red Stroller by  Joshua Furst
Luna outgrows her stroller just as Ernie needs one, and when he outgrows it he passes it along to Gigi, and soon many different families have received and shared the gift.
The Paper Kingdom by  Helena Ku Rhee
Accompanying his parents to their night-shift jobs as office cleaners, young Daniel reluctantly joins in as they use their imaginations to transform the deserted building into a magnificent paper kingdom where he might one day rule.
The Proudest Blue : A Story of Hijab and Family by  Ibtihaj Muhammad
Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.
Updated 06/10/2020