Thanks to Kim Tano and Madeline Shier, the children’s book buyers at Powell’s City of Books, for this sweet list of books that celebrate the concept of family — in all its beautiful variations. Look for these titles at the Burnside, Hawthorne or Cedar Hills Powell’s locations, or order online at powells.com.
All Kinds of Families by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang
Created by husband-and-wife team, Suzanne and Max Lang, this board book introduces a wide range of nontraditional families along with charming illustrations and rhythmic rhymes. It’s perfect for the very youngest readers! $8.99.
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
This bright and charming board book from Australian author/illustrator Beer is perfect for babies and toddlers. The wide variety in the families exuberantly portrayed serves to underline the message that it doesn’t matter what a family looks like; what matters is the love they share. $11.99.
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
This new baby book is unique in its celebration of trans joy. When Aidan was born, people assumed he was a girl. Once he explained to his parents that he was a boy, they helped him claim that identity, and now he has another identity to embrace: big brother! And he’s determined that his new baby sibling feel welcomed. A beautiful story about love and support for readers ages 4 and up. $19.95.
Squished by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter
From the creators of the best-selling kid’s graphic novel, Allergic, Squished follows 11-year-old Avery Lee — one of seven siblings! Avery really wants her own room and her own space to create art and get away from her loud, and sometimes annoying, family. This book is a great representation of what it’s like to grow up with a big family for ages 8 and up! $12.99.