This timely and sensitive title helps define a family, from members related by birth to stepparents and same-sex parents. Children will learn that loving families look after each other, even if they sometimes disagree or argue.
There are all kinds of families. Families can be big or small and they can change over time. Some families live together and others live apart. In every family there are people who love each other. Who's in your family?
Dylan lives on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest with his parents, but when they have to go to the mainland, his grandfather weathers a storm to come spend time with him. Grandpa’s brought Dylan a number of gifts, and one comes in handy the next day while they are exploring the coast. In fact, this gift leads the duo to a dangerous discovery: a young orca got stuck on the rocks during the storm. Racing against the sun and the heat, Dylan and Grandpa need to work together to figure out how to save the calf while his pod circles nearby.
On her annual trip in her father’s 18-wheeler, eight-year-old Jolene is headed to Los Angeles on a six-day road trip to deliver some newsprint with her dad. Just like last year, they tell each other stories and listen to music. They also keep up their favorite tradition: critiquing one type of food at every stop. This time it’s onion rings. But this year is also different. Unlike last year, Jolene’s parents are no longer together. They split up when her father came out as gay. These are big changes for Jolene, but she is spunky and smart and has a good heart. She’s ready for new adventures and to stand up for what’s right—both on and off the road.
Oliver the tortoise has had his human, Ike, for a very, very long time now. In fact, they're the same age--80 years old--and practically twins. They both enjoy the slowness of the garden, cool water from the hose on a hot day, and a nice slice of honeydew melon. But when Ike stops visiting the garden, Oliver wonders why his pet has left him so soon. So he makes the long journey to see his mother ten gardens away--she will certainly have the answer. This tender story from the author and illustrator that brought us Memoirs of a Goldfish reminds us to cherish all the days we have with our pets and loved ones.
Brad taught his younger sister how plants grow from seeds but what about the pencil stub bits of crayons and the other things she's planted?
Victoria is certain she doesn't like tomatoes until she tries to prove that her younger brother doesn't like them either.
Amanda overcomes a language barrier and begins to relate to her newly adopted sister.
After saying they're all too busy these family members end up helping hem Papa's new pants a little too much.
What can Jessica do about her sister's snoring?
Dikike's father surprises her with a wonderful gift--her very own canoe!
Levi learns that there are advantages to the top and bottom bunks of a bunk bed.
Henry may not be able to beat his cousins at racing or baseball but he can do one thing better than all of them.
A little boy explains everything he does in the big soft chair over the course of a day.
Set in 1940s, a tornado hits as Opal her mother and her brother take lunch to her father who is plowing in the field.
Jim finds the best gift for his mom.
Nathan's new stepsister has asthma which means he has to find a new home for his cat.
Grandpa and Chelsea take care of their garden together, and Chelsea learns how to tell when the carrots are ready.
Todd chooses a commission over an allowance then makes it "work."
A sensitive story about divorce during winter when Izzie's father moves out.
This girl realizes that it's no fun to be with a cranky person.
Everyone is too busy to listen to Teddy--except his baby brother.
Flora and Grandpa go to the fair. They have an exciting day eating ice-cream petting the animals and going on the rides.
In this Norwegian folktale Halvor discovers what treasure his mother would like best.
Jimmy learns that a long-awaited special dessert is not the most important part of his family's Thanksgiving celebration.