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My New Mom & Me

Galindo, Renata (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, adoption, families, first-person narration, love, mothers, overcoming adversity
 
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Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend

Stanton, Karen (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2014. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Companionship, divorce, dogs, everyday life, families, homes, parent-child relationships, pets, routine
 
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Little Elliot, Big Family

Curato, Mike (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adoption, belonging, brothers and sisters, elephants, families, friendship, humour, mice
 
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Fred Stays With Me!

Coffelt, Nancy (Author)
Tusa, Tricia (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Divorce, dogs, everyday life, families, family life, first-person narration, human-animal relationships, problem-solving
 
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Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation

Smith, Monique Gray (Author)
Orca 2017. 160 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Abuse, assimilation, Canadian history, colonialism, families, human rights, illustrations (photographs), Indigenous peoples, maps, multimodal, politics, residential schools, social justice, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
 
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The First Part Last

Johnson, Angela (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2010. 132 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Babies, families, fathers, first-person narration, flashbacks, friendship, loss, overcoming adversity, pregnancy, responsibility, single-parent families, teen parent
 
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Not If I See You First

Lindstrom, Eric (Author)
Little, Brown 2015. 314 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Blindness, breakups, cousins, disabilities, families, female protagonist, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, forgiveness, friendship, loss
 
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Mysterious Traveler

Peet, Mal (Author)
Graham, Elspeth (Author)
Lynch, P.J. (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Africa, blindness, deserts, families, guides, intergenerational relationships, journeys, survival, trust, wisdom
 
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Spork

Maclear, Kyo (Author)
Arsenault, Isabelle (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Belonging, diversity, eating, families, individuality, self-acceptance
 
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And Tango Makes Three

Richardson, Justin (Author)
Parnell, Peter (Author)
Cole, Henry (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2005. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Diversity, families, gender roles, LGBTQ, New York City, penguins, zoos
 
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Shin-chi’s Canoe

Campbell, Nicola I. (Author)
LaFave, Kim (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2008. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Canadian history, families, First Nations history, homesick, Inuit, residential schools, separation
 
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What Makes a Baby

Silverberg, Cory (Author)
Smyth, Fiona (Illustrator)
Seven Stories Press 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Babies, birth, conception, families, gender roles, human body, illustrations (cartoon), pregnancy, second-person narration
 
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The War That Saved My Life

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 316 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, England, families, first-person narration, foster parents, identity, loss, physical disabilities, self-esteem, transformation, World War II
 
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Train to Somewhere

Bunting, Eve (Author)
Himler, Ronald (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1996. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adoption, families, historical fiction, hope, orphans, rejection, trains
 
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Bad Island

TenNapel, Doug (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2011. 220 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adventure, aliens, families, graphic novels, humour, science fiction, vacation
 
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This One Summer

Tamaki, Mariko (Author)
Tamaki, Jillian (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2014. 320 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Families, friendship, graphic novels, growing up, illustrations (monochrome), relationships, summer
 
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Eleanor & Park

Rowell, Rainbow (Author)
Macmillan 2013. 330 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1980s, families, first romantic relationships, friendship, identity, individuality, love, school life
 
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Highway of Heroes

Stinson, Kathy (Author)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Afghanistan, Canada, ceremonies, death, families, illustrations (photographs), Ontario, soldiers, war
 
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Families

Rotner, Shelley (Author/Illustrator)
Kelly, Sheila M. (Author)
Holiday House 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Differences, diversity, families, illustrations (photographs), parent-child relationships
 
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A Family Is a Family Is a Family

O'Leary, Sara (Author)
Leng, Qin (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Differences, diversity, families, individuality, multiculturalism, school life, storytelling
 
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All Families Are Special

Simon, Norma (Author)
Flavin, Teresa (Illustrator)
Albert Whitman 2003. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Diversity, families, family life, parent-child relationships, school life
 
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My Family Tree and Me

Petričić, Dušan (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2015. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Families, family tree, first-person narration, genealogy, intergenerational relationships, reverse order
 
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Noughts & Crosses: The Graphic Novel Adaptation

Blackman, Malorie (Author)
Edginton, Ian (Author)
Aggs, John (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2015. 208 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adaptations, dystopia, economic disparity, families, fantasy, first romantic relationships, illustrations (monochrome), racism, relationships
 
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Otis and Alice

Bertouille, Ariane (Author)
Favreau, Marie-Claude (Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Diversity, families, family life, mice, pets, responsibility, same-sex parents
 
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2014. 368 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Art, families, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, homosexuality, LGBTQ, sexual identity
 
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Fever Crumb

Reeve, Philip (Author)
Scholastic 2011. 330 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, dystopia, families, gender roles, identity, steampunk, technology
 
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Mercury

Larson, Hope (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 236 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: 19th century, families, fantasy, historical fiction, illustrations (black and white), love, magic realism, Nova Scotia, parallel stories, time
 
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Papa Is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost

Bober, Natalie S. (Author)
Gibbon, Rebecca (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Families, narrative non-fiction, occupations, poetry, Robert Frost, writers, writing
 
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Children Just Like Me

Kindersley, Barnabas (Author)
Kindersley, Anabel (Author)
DK 1995. 80 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Around the world, children, diversity, everyday life, families, illustrations (photographs), multiculturalism
 
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Families Around the World

Ruurs, Margriet (Author)
Gordon, Jessica Rae (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2014. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Around the world, children, differences, diversity, families, family life
 
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Silas’ Seven Grandparents

Horrocks, Anita (Author)
Flook, Helen (Illustrator)
Orca 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Choices, differences, families, grandparents, intergenerational relationships
 
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Welcome to the Family

Hoffman, Mary (Author)
Asquith, Ros (Illustrator)
Quarto 2014. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Babies, birth, conception, diversity, families
 
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The Relatives Came

Rylant, Cynthia (Author)
Gammell, Stephen (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 1993. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Celebrations, families, poetic language, summer, travel, vacation
 
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King & King

de Haan, Linda (Author/Illustrator)
Nijland, Stern (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2003. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Deconstructing stereotypes, fairy tale adaptations, families, gender roles, homosexuality, illustrations (collage), princes
 
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How to Heal a Broken Wing

Graham, Bob (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2008. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Birds, city life, compassion, empathy, families, healing, hope, interesting illustrations
 
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Waiting for the Whales

McFarlane, Sheryl (Author)
Lightburn, Rob (Illustrator)
Orca 2002. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, families, intergenerational relationships, nature, traditions, whales
 
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Violet

Stehlik, Tania Duprey (Author)
Jovanovic, Vanja Vuleta (Illustrator)
Second Story Press 2009. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Differences, diversity, families, new students, self-acceptance
 
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The Gardener

Stewart, Sarah (Author)
Small, David (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2007. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Depressions (economic), families, gardens, hope, letters, unemployment
 
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Ribbon Rescue

Munsch, Robert (Author)
Fernandes, Eugenie (Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 1999. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Clothing, families, generosity, helpfulness, Indigenous peoples, kindness, recurrent patterns, weddings
 
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Something From Nothing

Gilman, Phoebe (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Families, grandfathers, Jewish folktales, recurrent patterns, resourcefulness, sewing, story within a story
 
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The Smallest Gift of Christmas

Reynolds, Peter H. (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Christmas, families, gifts, greed, wishes
 
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How I Became a Pirate

Long, Melinda (Author)
Shannon, David (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2003. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adventure, families, homesick, humour, manners, pirates
 
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The Hug

Grossman, David (Author)
Rovner, Michal (Illustrator)
Overlook Press 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Families, individuality, intergenerational relationships, love, philosophy, relationships
 
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Olivia

Falconer, Ian (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2000. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Art, everyday life, families, humour, imagination, pigs
 
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Freedom Child of the Sea

Keens-Douglas, Richardo (Author)
Gukova, Julia (Illustrator)
Annick Press 1995. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Families, folktales, freedom, legends, oceans, peace, slavery
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Zagazoo

Blake, Quentin (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2000. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Analogies, families, growing up, humour, metaphors, parenting
 
Cycle
Elementary
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The Party

Reid, Barbara (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 1997. 30 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Families, games, illustrations (plasticine), memories, parties, sharing, stories in rhyme
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Night Boat to Freedom

Raven, Margot Theis (Author)
Lewis, E.B. (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2006. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, Black history, courage, families, freedom, hope, slavery
 
Cycle
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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Rosen, Michael (Author)
Oxenbury, Helen (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2003. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adventure, bears, families, journeys, onomatopoeias, recurrent language
 
Cycle
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The Composition

Skármeta, Antonio (Author)
Ruano, Alfonso (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2000. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Dictatorship, families, freedom, government, war, writing
 
Cycle
Elementary
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