Inspired by the day of “sharing family stories” that’s part of the NAEYC‘s Week of the Young Child here are six stories of family diversity to share with preschoolers.

And Tango Makes Three

by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, & Henry Cole (Illustrator)

Silo and Roy, two male chinstrap penguins, fall in love and raise baby Tango together.

Set in Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo want to raise their own chick. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance (based on a true story).


Every Year on Your Birthday

by Rose A. Lewis, Jane Dyer (Illustrator)

A mother shares thoughts, memories and special moments from her adopted Chinese daughter Ming’s birthdays.

Heather Has Two Mommies

by Leslea Newman, Laura Cornell (Illustrator)

This  groundbreaking book  was first self-published in 1989. In 2000 the book was revised and has since become a classic tale of how Heather’s world is made up of twos. Two arms, two legs, two pets, two mommies.

Mystery Bottle

by Kristen Balouch

A young boy in Brooklyn and his Iranian grandfather (Baba Borzorg) are brought together by a magic bottle. “When you want another cup of tea, just open the bottle, and the wind will bring you to me” says the grandfather to his grandson.

A Tale of Two Daddies

Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood/Mike Blanc (Illustrators)

A young girl has a conversation with a friend about her two fathers. Poppa and Daddy. The boy asks a series of questions about who is the daddy for…? The story ends with her simple response to, “Who is your dad when you’re sad and need some love?” “Both, of course.”

All Kinds of Families!

by Mary Ann Hoberman, Marc Boutavant (Illustrator)

What does it mean to be a family? Find out with this rhyming book from Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman. Families are made up of all kinds of unexpected things – “the stars and the sun and the moon are a family…You can make families from all sorts of things.”

Add to the list! Share your suggestions for stories of diverse families in the comments…

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