Students explore the questions:

What is a family?

Who is in a family?

What is special about different members of our families?

How is everyone included in a family?


This video does a wonderful job of addressing the beautiful diversity of families.

There are so many resources for primary students that address the topic of family. It is important to choose carefully so students are learning how to accept that family is unique and different for every person. Here are a few resources that support an inclusive definition of family.

Todd Parr brings lighthearted fun to his book about families.

Jack Hartmann sings about the love found in a family.

A true story about two male penguins who become fathers to Tango. 

Families change over time as new family members are added.

Some Read Alouds that promote an inclusive and diverse lens of families:

He Came with the Couch

by David Slonim

This book explores the idea of who belongs in your family in a very lighthearted way. It is a good conversation starter for the characteristics that belong to those we consider to be family.

The Family Book

by Todd Parr

The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way.

We Belong Together

by Todd Parr

This book explores the ways that people can choose to come together to make a family by showing one perspective on the adoption experience.

Stella Brings the Family

by Miriam B. Schiffer

Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, but what’s a girl with two daddies to do? Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem.


by Kerry Mccluskey & Jesse Unaapik Mike

Talittuq is excited to start his first day of grade two. He notices that a lot of his friends’ families are very different from his own. Some have one mom and one dad. Some kids live with their grandparents. Some live with two dads or two moms. As Talittuq hears about all the fun his friends have had with their families, he learns that families come in many different shapes and sizes, and what holds them all together is love!

Still a Family: A Story About Homelessness

by Brenda Reeves Sturgis

A girl and her parents have lost their home and must live in a homeless shelter. Even worse, due to a common shelter policy, her dad must live in a men’s shelter, separated from her and her mom. The family still finds time to meet at the park to play hide-and-seek, slide on slides, and pet puppies. While the young girl wishes for better days when her family is together again under a roof of their very own, she reminds herself that they’re still a family even in times of separation.

And Tango Makes Three

by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell


At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

by Kevin Noble Maillard

Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.