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Family Dynamics

My Two Homes by Claudia Harrington

My Two Homes
by Claudia Harrington

Lenny follows Skye for a school project and learns about her life with two homes. Ages 4-8

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley

Stepping Stones
by Lucy Knisley

Jen moves out to the country and has to put up with her mom and her mom’s new boyfriend, as well as his kids. Suddenly part of a larger family in a new place, Jen isn’t sure there is a place for her in this different world. Ages 8-12. Grades 4-6

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Despite her parents’ divorce, her father’s coming out as gay, and his plans to marry his boyfriend, ten-year-old Bea is reassured by her parents’ unconditional love, excited about getting a stepsister, and haunted by something she did last summer at her father’s lake house. Ages 8-12

The Year We Fell From Space by Amy Sarig King

The Year We Fell From Space
by Amy Sarig King

Middle schooler Liberty likes to make her own maps of the stars, especially since her family is falling apart; her parents are getting divorced, her nine-year-old sister will barely leave the house and carries a stuffed tiger at all times, her father is suffering from depression, but will not talk about it, and the brothers down the street, once friends, have turned into bullies–so when a tiny meteorite literally falls in her lap it is like a sign, but a sign of what? Ages 8-12

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Blended
by Sharon M. Draper

Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police. Ages 8-12

Here and There by Tamara Ellis Smith

Here and There
by Tamara Ellis Smith

After Ivan’s parents separate, he has trouble finding joy at either of their homes until he discovers that the birds and music that he loves may be found in both places. Ages 3-8

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr

We Belong Together is about sharing your home and sharing your heart to make a family that belongs together. With an understanding of how personal and unique each adoption is, and that not everyone comes to it in the same way, Todd Parr’s colorful art explores the meaning of family. Ages 3-6

My Adopted Family by Claudia Harrington

My Adopted Family
by Claudia Harrington

Lenny follows Adam for a school project and learns about his family life as an adopted child. Ages 4-8

My Two Moms by Claudia Harrington

My Two Moms
by Claudia Harrington

Lenny, the class reporter, follows Elsie for a school project and learns about her life with her two moms. Ages 4-8

My Two Dads by Claudia Harrington

My Two Dads
by Claudia Harrington

Lenny follows Jasmine for a school project and learns about her life with her two dads. Ages 4-8

Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live With Their Parents by Janice Levy

A young girl living with her foster parent describes the emotional ups and downs of being separated from her mother and living in unfamiliar surroundings. Ages 6+

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Kinda Like Brothers
by Coe Booth

When his mother takes in a twelve-year-old foster boy, Jarrett is forced to share his room and his friends with the new boy. Ages 8-12

Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Leaving Lymon
by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Raised by his grandparents, first in Mississippi then in Wisconsin, ten-year-old Lymon moves to Chicago in 1945 to live with the mother he never knew, while yearning for his father. Ages 8-12

My Military Parent by Julie Murray

My Military Parent
by Julie Murray

Some children have parents who serve in the military. Ages 4-7