Alternative family books
Buy this collection of six books together and find out more about each title beneath.
Picnic in the park
It’s a bright sunny day and there is a buzz of excitement at Number 10, Park View. It’s Jason’s birthday, and he is five years old. Jason is going to have a birthday picnic in the park and has invited lots of people…and they’ve all brought presents!
This charming picture book, designed for use with young children, introduces children to a range of different family structures, including two- and one-parent families, adoptive and foster families, gay and lesbian families, and step-families. It also shows a diverse range of adults and children.
Josh and Jaz have three mums
Josh and Jaz are five-year-old twins who have been adopted by a lesbian couple, Sue and Fran. When their school teacher asks them to produce a family tree, they are worried that everyone in their class will laugh because they have two mums – and what will they say about their birth parents?
Sue and Fran help the children to understand that every family tree will tell a different story and that families come in all shapes and sizes. This heartwarming story encourages an understanding and appreciation of same-sex parents and other diverse family groupings.
Having two dads is double the fun! Many families are different, this family has two dads A beautifully illustrated, affirming story of life with two dads, written from the perspective of their adopted child.
A beautifully illustrated, affirming story of life with two mums written from the perspective of their child. Written in easy to follow rhyming text, the story celebrates the diversity of LGBT family life with humour and warmth; all families are special in their own way
Two mums and a menagerie
Many families are different, this one has two mums. They have plenty of space and plenty of love, but will the mums and their children be able to manage their ever expanding animal family? A fun and lively book with delightful illustrations that presents a same sex family in a positive way. A fantastic read for children from LGBT families and adopted children.
Dad David, Baba Chris and Me
Ben is nearly eight years old. He lives in an ordinary house, in an ordinary street, goes to an ordinary school and does ordinary things. In fact, he’s just like everybody else.
Or is he? Ben lives with his two dads who adopted him when he was four. Children at his school find out and begin teasing him. Ben is worried that he isn’t so “normal” any more. But with the help of his dads and his teacher, Ben and the other children at his school learn that all families are different, and all special in their own way.
This charming and affirming picture book for young children encourages an understanding and appreciation of same-sex parents, as well as showing that families come in all shapes and sizes.