Isabel Agbo (@books_that_inspire_young_minds) shares her favourite books celebrating families - and what a wonderfully diverse list it is! Let's dive in, shall we?
Samuel Narh and Jo Loring-Fisher£11.99 £11.15
What I love the most about this book is how it celebrates dual heritage families. Maisie’s parents share with her their stories, food and music allowing her to gain from the richness of both their cultural backgrounds. My children are growing up with more than one culture at the heart of their home and this is the first book that I’ve found that reflects this.
Sophie Beer£6.99 £6.50
This wonderfully inclusive little book is bursting with colour and fun. There is so much to spot and discuss on each page. Importantly, the illustrations are representative of many different kinds of family and all children will be able to relate to and see themselves in pages of this book.
Trish Cooke and Paul Howard£6.99 £6.50
This is such a wonderful celebration of family traditions and the coming together to share food. It’s full of warmth, love and reminds us all of why our families are so important to us. My son’s favourite page is the picture of all the food that Gran’s so loving prepared for her whole family. He loves talking about each dish and about which foods he likes the best.
Jess Hitchman and Lili la Baleine£6.99 £6.50
I love the fun rhyming text in this book and the wonderful illustrations, particularly the brilliant double page fold out at the end of the book. This story features all different kinds of families and the homes that they live in. It is a really heart-warming book that perfectly captures all the emotions of family life.
Atinuke and Lauren Tobia£7.99 £7.43
We are big fans of Anna Hibiscus in our house. I absolutely love this book. It is all about happiness, love and family. A wonderfully positive and uplifting story that encourages children to be thankful for their family and to reflect on all the things that make them feel happy.
Jessica Shepherd£6.99 £6.50
This warm hearted, practical story poignantly highlights what it is like to be close to someone who is living with dementia. This book is a really useful and powerful tool to help children understand the effects dementia can have on a family over time. It offers some brilliant ideas of how young children can find new ways to enjoy a changing relationship with their loved one.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, S. K. Ali, et al.£7.99 £7.43
This is such an important and powerful story to share with children. It is told through the eyes of a young girl who wants to support her sister on her first-day hijab. It is about the power of love, resilience and the strength of family bonds. It reminds us all to be kind and understanding of one another. It is a really special book.
Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers£6.99 £6.50
This is a warm and colourful book about Luna’s visit to the library and the special times she shares with her dad. There is so much vibrancy and joy in this story but there are also subtleties that explore Luna’s sadness around her dad no longer living with her. This book is endorsed by Amnesty International and opens up brilliant conversations with children about different types of families and families who are separated.