Families Resources

Books and resources for children and young adults available at the Lakehead University Education Library, Thunder Bay campus on the topic of all different types of families.
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In Our Mothers' House - by Patricia Polacco. Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.

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Mom and Mum Are Getting Married! - by Ken Setterington, illustrated by Alice Priestley. When Mom announces, "Your Mum and I are getting married!" they can't wait to start planning the big day. Rosie has so many questions. Will she get to be a flower girl? Can she get a new dress? Will there be food and a fabulous wedding cake? At this party, family, friends and fun come together for a joyous celebration of love in a changing world.

Mom and Mum are Getting Married! by Ken Setterington, illustrated by Alice Priestly (E PRI)

Carry Me, Mama - by Monica Devine, paintings by Pauline Paquin. "Katie views life from the hood of her mother's parka. She has mixed feelings when Mama decides it is time for Katie to walk on her own"

Carry Me, Mama - nonstandard units of measurement - measuring distance - tells the story of an Inuit girl walking progressively longer distances. She walks as far as one can throw a stone, then as far as the rabbits run, as far as the bear wanders, etc.

Heather Has Two Mommies - by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Diana Souza. "Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two eyes, two ears, two hands, and two feet. Heather has two pets: a ginger-colored cat named Gingersnap and a big black dog named Midnight. Heather also has two mommies: Mama Kate and Mama Jane."

Heather has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Diana Souza (E NEW)

And Baby Makes Four - written by Judith Benjamin, graphics by Judith Freeman. One of her moms is pregnant! What will this mean for a child who will soon be an older sibling? Her mothers prepare her for the big change in their family, and finally the baby arrives. The girl feels confused and ambivalent, but she grows at last toward happy acceptance of the baby and of her new status in the family.

And Baby Makes Four - written by Judith Benjamin, graphics by Judith Freeman. One of her moms is pregnant! What will this mean for a child who will soon be an older sibling? Her mothers prepare her for the big change in their family, and finally the baby arrives. The girl feels confused and ambivalent, but she grows at last toward happy acceptance of the baby and of her new status in the family.

A Tale of Two Mommies - by Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Mike Blanc.

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A Tale of Two Daddies - by Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Kristin Blackwood and Mike Blanc. A young girl describes how her two daddies help her through her day, including her poppa cooking eggs and toast, her daddy fixing her knee when she is hurt, and both fathers being there for her when she needs love.

A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

Kate and Pippin - by Martin Springett, photographs by Isobel Springett.

Kate & Pippin by Martin Springett. Photographs by Isobel Springett.

Donovan's Big Day - by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Mike Dutton. From the moment Donovan wakes in the morning, he painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers.

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And Tango Makes Three - by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole. At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.

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Asha's Mums - by Rosamund Elwin and Michele Paulse, illustrated by Dawn Lee.

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Really and Truly: a story about dementia - by Emilie Rivard, illustrated by Anne-Claire Deslisle.

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Over the Moon - by Karen Katz. A loving couple dream of a baby born far away and know that this is the baby they have been waiting to adopt.

She is wonderful."This is a magical, reassuring story of one adoptive family's beginn.

One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads - by Johnny Valentine, illustrated by Melody Sarecky. Two children, one with two blue dads and one with a more traditional family, compare notes and wonder what is so different about dads who are blue.

Two children—one with blue dads, one from a more traditional family—compare notes in this light hearted book about parents who are differ.

Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Anymore - by Kathy Stinson, art by Vian Oelofsen. A classic and critically acclaimed picture book, newly illustrated, takes a positive, sensitive and reassuring look at divorce as experienced by young children.

Divorce is never easy, not for parents and especially not for children. More than 20 years ago, celebrated author Kathy Stinson wrote in .

Making Room - by Joanna Taylor, illustrated by Peter Rankin.

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