Top 10 Books About Family Relationships for Children

Many children’s books often center around the theme of family relationships. Some children’s books show unconditional love while others celebrate diversity. Both are equally important.

Children should be aware that not all families look exactly like theirs. By having this awareness, they will be able to recognize, accept, respect, and celebrate the diversity of families.

Hopefully, after reading these books, your children will embrace the celebration of family love for all.

A Baby Book About a Parent's Love

Family Relationship Books

If I Could Keep You Little...

If I Could Keep You Little speaks straight to your heart, illuminating the tender balance between letting your child grow up and savoring the beauty of right now. Perfect for Valentine’s Day gifts, your family library, or a storytime read-aloud any day of the year.

If I could keep you little,

I’d keep you close to me.

But then I’d miss you growing

into who you’re meant to be!

Marianne Richmond is a bestselling author and artist who has touched the lives of millions for more than two decades by creating books that celebrate the love of family.

This heartwarming book about a parent’s love is perfect for so many occasions in a child’s life:

The sweetest baby shower gift

First book for babies

A bedtime book for toddlers

Celebrate Family in All Its Varieties

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The Family Book

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.

Parr’s message about the importance of embracing our differences is delivered in a playful way. With his trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes, this book will encourage children to ask questions about their own families. Perfect for young children just beginning to read, The Family Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, promote character growth, and strengthen family relationships.

All About Our Families

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Who's In My Family?

Trusted New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris continues her series for preschoolers with a look at the many kinds of families that make up our world.

Join Nellie and Gus and their family — plus all manner of other families — for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore! To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a fun dinner at home. Accessible, humorous, and full of charming illustrations depicting families of many configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that whoever makes up your family, it is perfectly normal — and totally wonderful.

Alike and Different

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My Family, Your Family

Makayla is visiting friends in her neighborhood. She sees how each family is different. Some families have lots of children, but others have none. Some friends live with grandparents or have two dads or have parents who are divorced. How is her own family like the others? What makes each one great? This diverse cast allows readers to compare and contrast families in multiple ways.
 
Diversity is a crucial issue, and this series effectively highlights the differences among various ethnic groups, religions, and types of households and shows readers that though different beliefs and customs exist, all are equally worthy of respect.

Celebrating Who You Are

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I'm So Glad You Were Born

Parents and children both have big dreams—about their life and the wonders the future holds. I’m So Glad You Were Born celebrates those dreams as well as the wonder of everyday experiences like sweet and special snuggles and cuddles, fun times and learning times too!

New York Times bestselling author and FOX News anchor Ainsley Earhardt has created a picture book that celebrates ALL the dreams come true–a parent’s, a child’s, and Creator God’s! I’m So Glad You Were Born is full of love and hope and has a sweet, playful message inspired by Scripture that will leave your child without a doubt just how thankful you are that they are in your life and that they were created to be extraordinary.

I’m So Glad You Were Born:

  • Will appeal to children as well as the adults who love them
  • Is a perfect gift for childhood celebrations including birthdays, baby showers, graduation gifts, communion, confirmation, and dedication gifts
  • Is written in sweet (and humorous) rhyme perfect for reading aloud
  • Features beautiful and fun illustrations by artist Kim Barnes

I’m So Glad You Were Born is an inspiring and loving message to your child, sure to become a go-to favorite for reading aloud as well as during bedtime snuggles!

Show Your Love

Family Relationship Books

I Love You to the Moon and Back

Show a child just how strong your love is every minute of the day! Features a “To” and “From” personalization page, making this sweet offering an ideal gift for baby showers, birthdays, and new parents. 

The sun rises, and a bear and cub begin their day together. They splash in the water, climb mountains, watch the colorful lights in the shimmering sky, and play with friends. They show their love for each other by touching noses, chasing each other, and, of course, hugging and snuggling before bed. A sweet, gentle rhyme, perfect for sharing with a special little one that also includes a “To” and “From” personalization page in the front of the book, making this heartwarming book an ideal gift

Celebrate New Beginnings

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The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever. This is the perfect heartfelt gift for kids of all ages, plus a great choice for baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and other new beginnings!

From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, lush illustrations and a stunning gatefold that opens at the end, this is a book that families will love reading over and over. 

The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes and makes a great gift to the ones you love for any occasion.

Love Transcending Species

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If Animals Kissed Good Night

Don’t miss the other books in this adorable series: If Animals Said I Love You, If Animals Celebrated Christmas, If Animals Went to School, and If Animals Gave Thanks!

What if animals did what YOU do? This bestselling story imagines how animals would kiss their loved ones good night!

If animals kissed good night like we do…how would they do it? Giraffe and his calf would stretch their necks high, Wolf and his pup would kiss and then HOWL, and Sloth and her baby would move sooooo sloooowwwww. And across the animal kingdom, every creature would share love in a unique way.

Celebrate Your Father Daughter Bond

Family Relationship Books

Why a Daughter Needs a Dad

A New York Times and USA Today bestseller! The perfect Christmas gift of love or sweet keepsake for a daughter of any age to show why Dad is so amazing!

This new picture book for kids ages 3-7 and beyond is a touching story showing all the ways a father will help his daughter grow. This is the gift for every girl dad and little girl to celebrate their special bond! Featuring charming animal illustrations and heartwarming rhymes about the moments fathers and daughters share, Why a Daughter Needs a Dad is the perfect story to connect father and child together.

From the first time I held you, so perfect and new,

I promised to do everything that I could do

To help you become your most wonderful YOU,

My darling, my daughter, my girl.

For new dads, fathers-to-be, or for that perfect father-daughter moment at birthdays and other special occasions, this sweet storybook celebrates how a father is always there for his little girl. reminding her to be artistic, thoughtful, honest, and smart, but most of all, true to herself.

The broad diversity of family constellations

Family Relationship Books

A Family Is a Family Is a Family

When a teacher asks her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different, but the same in one important way …

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways ― but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family.

As her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them ― family of every shape, size and every kind of relation ― the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special.

A warm and whimsical look at many types of families, written by award-winning author Sara O’Leary, with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng.

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