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Children's Books about Family

  Olivia (Hardcover) 

Olivia (Olivia the Pig Series)

Ian Falconer (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

Ian Falconer's "Olivia" is a Caldecott Honor award winner and one of our favorite picture books. Ian Falconer's expressive pictures are illustrated in black and white with splashes of bright red. The main character Olivia is an energetic pig who wears her family out. Olivia the pig sings, runs, tries on every piece of clothes she has when dressing up, and builds a giant sand castle at the beach, just to name a few. Ian Falconer captures the busy life of a preschooler with a humorous touch. "Olivia" is a good book to read with children in preschool and kindergarten.


  Sarah, Plain and Tall (Paperback) 

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Patricia MacLachlan (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Frontier and Pioneer Life

In "Sarah, Plain and Tall", author Patricia MacLachlan tells a moving story about the creation of a family. In simple language, a little girl named Anna talks about how Sarah from Maine comes to the prairie to live with her, her brother, and her widowed father. This historic fiction has won many awards, including Newbery Award, Christopher Award, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Children, Golden Kite Award for Fiction and Notable Children's Book. "Sarah, Plain and Tall" is one of the best children's books. Kids in second grade through sixth grade will enjoy this classic chapter book.


  From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Paperback) 

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E. L. Konigsburg (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Family

"From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg is an adventure story that has delighted children for decades and is considered a modern classic. Two siblings, Claudia and her brother Jamie, run away from their family home and have an adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They uncover the mystery surrounding "Angel", a statue in the museum. Under E.L. Konigsburg's deft pen, the two main characters in the classic chapter book seem very real and likable. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" has won Newbery Medal and ALA Notable Children's Book award, and is often considered one of the best children's books.


  Walk Two Moons (Paperback) 

Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Emotions and Feelings

"Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech is a moving realistic fiction story for young adults. Sharon Creech's Newbery Medal award winner tells a story within a story that deals with themes of love, loss and family. The main character, 13-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, travels from Euclid, Ohio to Lewiston, Idaho with her eccentric grandparents to visit her missing mother. Along the way, Sal tells them the story of her friend, Phoebe Winterbottom. Phoebe is a girl of wild imagination. She finds mysterious messages such as "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins" on her family's doorsteps. Phoebe's mother leaves her family unexpectedly but eventually returns; Sal has to deal with painful life changes and come to terms with her own loss. The characters in "Walk Two Moons" are interesting and well developed, from the protagonist with her complex emotions and feelings to the wacky and loving grandparents. "Walk Two Moons" is a good book for teens in 8th grade and up.


  Kira-Kira (Hardcover) 

Kira-Kira (Newbery Medal Book)

Cynthia Kadohata (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Multicultural

"Kira-Kira" by Cynthia Kadohata is a beautifully written fiction novel for young adults. The 2005 Newbery Medal winner tells a moving story from the point of view of Katie, a Japanese American girl, whose family moves to Georgia in the late 1950s. Kira-Kira means glittering in Japanese. Katie loves her elder sister, Lynn. It is Lynn who teaches her to appreciate "Kira-Kira" in daily life. When Lynn falls ill with lymphoma, the family has to struggle like never before. Their parents work extremely long hours in bad working conditions to pay for Lynn's medical bills and their house. But the love and bond between the family members help them through it all. "Kira-Kira" appeals to teens in 8th grade and up. Girls will especially empathize with the main characters of this award-winning book.


  Skylark (Paperback) 

Skylark

Patricia MacLachlan (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Frontier and Pioneer Life

"Skylark" is a sequel to "Sarah Plain and Tall" by Patricia MacLachlan. Sarah is like a skylark and has not entirely settled down to the pioneer life. When there is a severe drought on the prairie, Sarah and the children go back to Maine to live with her aunts, while Jacob stays behind to take care of their farm. Will the family be united again? The story "Skylark" appeals to children in third grade through sixth grade.


  Anne of Green Gables (Hardcover) 

Anne of Green Gables (Classic Starts Series)

Lucy Maud Montgomery, Scott McKowen (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Friendship

"Anne of Green Gables" is a beloved children's classic book by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, also known as L.M. Montgomery. Main character Anne of Green Gables is a spirited red-haired girl with boundless imagination and love of life. Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a brother and sister, own a Prince Edward Island farm house called Green Gables. Orphan girl Anne Shirley is sent to them by mistake, but Anne goes on to win the heart and love of her adopted family. The friendship between Anne and her best friend Diana Barry is also charmingly portrayed. "Anne of Green Gables" is one of the best children's books ever written. Children in 5th grade through 10th grade will enjoy this moving story and sympathize with the ups and downs in Anne's life. This abridged edition of the classic book, part of the "Classic Starts Series", appeals to children in third grade and fourth grade.


  Strawberry Girl (Paperback) 

Strawberry Girl

Lois Lenski (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Farm Life, Frontier and Pioneer Life

"Strawberry Girl" is a classic children's book by Lois Lenski. In this award-winning historic fiction, a little girl named Birdie helps her family raise strawberries on a frontier farm and earns the title of "Strawberry Girl". Along the way, they have to cope with drought, roaming animals, grass fires and unfriendly neighbors. The chapter book depicts vividly what life was like in the lake region of Florida in the early 1900's. "Strawberry Girl" is a Newbery Medal and ALA Notable Children's Books award winner.


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