All last month, we shared books on the theme of family. We hope they warmed your heart and that you found a few meaningful new stories to share with your own family. These are some of the books we shared at the beginning of the month. Click through to read the original post in each person’s feed. Be sure to check out the other books we featured all throughout the month by searching the term “family” here on our blog or by searching the hashtag #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.
By @averyandaugustine —
We're sharing books on the theme of family in this month's #littlelitbookseries.
“Their little red car seemed to muster all of its courage as it waited outside, ready for the road.” Stuck in their car in a torrential downpour on a trip home, Francie and her mother talk about what they will name her baby sister when she's born. They run through different possibilities, with none of them feeling like a good fit. But later a significant moment comes when her mother comes up with just the right name, one that Francie will remember forever.
We love how Bob Graham sets the scene with not just what's happening with the protagonists of the story. He expands his narrative and paints a picture of the environment and other people in it, all part of the bigger picture, just like in our lives. There is our narrative—the moments that string together to make up the course of our lives—and how that all fits intothe world around us. Our story becomes a part of everyone else's story. A beautiful reminder that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.
From @bonjour_mes_amies —
Sharing this lovely story on sibling rivalry & love for this month's /react-text #family theme on #littlelitbookseries. When I first read The NEW Small Person by Lauren Child, I immediately thought of my own girls and the day-to-day arguments and make-up-hug-it-out-sessions they go through. And how the little one wants to BE exactly, DO exactly, and HAVE exactly the same things as the other. While the eldest has a hard time sharing everything for fear of 'her stuff breaking'. As a parent I can see both sides--it's flattering but kind of annoying and it's very sweet but can be a bit much.
What I love about this story is the simple interactions and small moments the characters share. It's so relatable. From sharing space to arguing about toys, both siblings learn the importance of family and acceptance. Each sibling has something important to contribute. This in itself is a huge message.
From @bookbloom —
I must have been no more than five or six-years-old, but I vividly remember asking my paternal grandmother if the lines on her face bothered her. To my young mind it seemed like they might hurt or get in the way, or just make life a little less smooth. She laughed. Her response, much like the Nana in this story, was that each line held a memory. Her face shared the story of past decades — of cherished loved ones and losses, of adventure and misfortune. Creases carved carefully over time, permanent markings for the likes of inquisitive grandchildren.
Which is precisely how this story unfolds. A young girl asks her Nana what each line means, and with tender assurance her grandmother unfolds pieces of her own life story. Making this such a charming picture book. Part of our own story will always be intertwined with our ancestors. That's why we relish hearing those stories again and again. Our emotional well-being depends on it. We are members of a family. However large or small or functional or dysfunctional. They might look slightly different for everyone, but in this season of gratitude, to come from a loving family and to create a loving family is one of my greatest sources of joy. || The Lines on Nana's Face by Simona Ciraolo.
From @carterhiggins —
This month at the #littlelitbookseries react-text: 59 we are talking about family, and some of the best families are the ones we create for ourselves. Or the ones that come together because of a cat. This stray furball brings strangers together, and it's a beautiful thing. Out now from @flyingeyebooks — Archie Snuffiekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat by Katie Harnett.
From @gigglegirlsbookclub —
I love this glorious little chapter book series SO MUCH. The Lighthouse Family Books by Newberry Award winner Cynthia Rylant is about an unlikely family, Pandora and Seabold and their adventures near the sea. This one, about an eagle friend who helps guide the children back to their home. This month’s #littlelitbookseries submission theme: FAMILY.
From @juliasbookbag —
This month on #littlelitbookseries the theme is FAMILY. I've shared Moomin books before but greatness bears repeating! Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson is one of my favorites. This series about friendly little creatures living in the wilds of Finland is so sweet, so unique, so charming! What I love about the Moomintroll family is how expansive they are in defining what makes a family. Their friends are included into their fold, their friends' friends, and even random strangers. No one is ever turned away. There's always a place at their table and Moominmama will take care of you, no matter what! Adore.
From @littlebooksbigworld —
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” — Saint Theresa
#LittleLitBookSeries friends and I will be sharing books about FAMILY today. I chose to share EVERYWHERE BABIES because while it weaves together the commonalities that babies share, it also gives insight into all of the different families that babies belong to. Marla Frazee is one of my favorite illustrators and I admire her beautiful representations of diverse families. This book is on my list for must-have baby books - you all have a copy right?
From @live_read_write —
There are many things that draw a family together. Experiences, food, and books, to name a few. I cherish our family meal times, breaking bread together and what we call our Wow-Pow-Holy Cow time (highs and lows of the day and what we learned). Reading is also a special part of our family culture. I love what Caroline Kennedy says about family and literature: "If our parents read to us as children, we remember the closeness of the moments together, the sound and power of voice and expression, the sense of wonder that a poem inspires, and the calm and safety of snuggling at bedtime. She speaks of poems in particular, but this can apply to any shared reading. "As we grow up and read those same poems with our children, those memories will be unlocked and the poems carried forward by a new generation of readers. Poetry played a special role in my family life. It brought the generations together and deepened our knowledge and feelings for one another."
This beautiful collection of poems selected by Kennedy touches on the fleeting moments of childhood, many of which revolve around family: everyday moments and wonderings, both serious and silly, holidays, trips to the sea, and other adventures. The curated poems, matched with John J. Muth's nostalgic watercolor illustrations, draw the reader into the heart of family in diverse contexts from bucolic to urban. Featured poets include: Sandra Cisneros, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, A.A. Milne, Shakespeare, and Walt Whitman. Translated poems, in both English and their original languages, find their way into this beautiful collection, which is my selection for this month's #littlelitbookseries theme, which happens to be, you guessed it, family.
From @ourbookbag —
It is so important to acknowledge different kinds of families. A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary (@123olearyo), illustrated by Qin Leng (@qinillustrations) provides an opportunity for conversation about what makes each family special and different and the love that makes them all the same. @groundwoodbooks
From @sunlitpages —
I bet you think I'm sharing this picture book because of a certain recent baseball game that everyone seems to be obsessed with. But you'd be wrong.
The theme for this month's #littlelitbookseries is family, and this is one of my favorite true stories about a semi-pro baseball team made up entirely of brothers. The Acerras had twelve sons (yes, twelve!) and four daughters, and they were all baseball enthusiasts. It's probably partly because I grew up in a big family myself (but not that big) and also that I now have what feels like a lot of sons (although not even close to twelve!), but I love this story of this close-knit and supportive family. When one of the brothers gets hit in the face with a baseball and ends up losing an eye, the other brothers rally around him until he can play again. When WWII begins and six of the brothers go to war, the rest of the family hold down the fort in New Jersey (and amazingly, all six boys return home). They bring the team back together after the war and end up being the longest-playing all-brother baseball team ever (I don't know how many other families could compete for that spot, but they hold the record nonetheless). I just hope my own boys can keep that kind of strong friendship with each other as they grow up and that they'll always be able to count on one another just like the Acerra brothers. | Brothers at Bat is by Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno.
From @teeandpenguin —
The theme for November's #littlelitbookseries is family and I'm excited to share one of my childhood favorites, The Fence by Jan Balet. First published in 1969, this is a classic international tale of a rich family who takes a poor family to court for smelling their food over a shared fence.
I loved this story as a little girl, it was easy to contrast the family that had everything and failed to appreciate it with the family with so little that is happy and grateful and wealthy in the only way that matters. I especially love the illustrations, they are colorful and vibrant and contrast the two families brilliantly with humor. It's wonderful to see my own children enjoying this story as much as I did.
From @thekaleidoscopeca —
The Littlest Family moved to the woods, they make new friends (with some familiar characters), find beautiful adventures, get lost but end up found.
As you spend time taking in every woodland detail in a world@emilyblackapple so charmingly invites you into, you may not realize the littlest member of the family isn't a bear. Emily has so lovingly captured the relationship of littlest family that you never question that the smallest member might be different. With all the gorgeous pages to love, that small detail captures the heart of the entire book for me. When you are so loved, it doesn't matter if you are different because you are a family. @penguinkids
Age: 4 - 7
From @thelittlebookcollector —
A Year in Brambly Hedge | by Jill Barklem | Four of the sweetest seasonal stories about a busy family of mice who work hard but party hard too. Well, in a genteel, old-fashioned, family-values kind of way. I was utterly obsessed with the detail and minutiae of these little mice and their homes when I was a girl, the illustrations are so detailed, the larders a full of preserves and dried fruit and all kinds of yummy things and it's all so magical. A really wonderful gift for those who haven't kept their dog-eared copy from the 1980s to pass on to their kiddos. @harpercollinsaustralia
From @writesinla —
Picked a novel for today's #littlelitbookseries on the theme of family. A #kidlit family that immediately came to my mind is Ranger the injured dog, chained up by a cruel man, and the cat and her kittens who join him in The Underneath of the porch. Love, loyalty, and protection between the unlikeliest of kin in a rare, mysterious, sad, gripping, and powerful book. "Here was someone who had found him all alone. Here was someone who walked right up to him and rubbed against his sturdy front legs...here was someone who understood his song."