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The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman

What is a family? This is a fresh look through children's eyes at today's wide variety of family life: from homes, food, ways of celebrating to getting around, jobs and housework, from extended families, languages and hobbies to pets and family trees.


Love Makes a Family

by Sophie Beer

In this exuberant book, many different families are shown in happy activity. Whether a child has two mums, two dads, one parent, or one of each, this simple book demonstrates that what's most important in each family's life is the love the family members share.


Five Minutes' Peace 

by Jill Murphy

Mrs Large just needs 5 minutes peace from her boisterous children but it soon becomes clear that mum's quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern classic.

When I Was a Child

by Andy Stanton 

There is magic in everything. The world is a spinning star, No matter how old you are. This stunning book is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and child as they share the magic, joy and love in the world, both past and present. 


Grandma Bird

by Benji Davies

Noi isn’t sure about staying at Grandma’s. Grandma boils seaweed for soup, and there’s not much to do on the island where she lives. But that’s before Noi gets swept up in the dramatic rescue that will mark the beginning of their new friendship.

The New Small Person

by Lauren Child

Lauren Child tells the familiar tale of a less-than-welcome sibling with subtlety, insight, affection, and humour. A story that gets to the heart of a child’s evolving emotions about becoming a big brother or sister.


Superhero Dad 

by Timothy Knapman

Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his pants outside his trousers, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super jokes and can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime. As part of a parent series.

My Mum is a Supermum

by Angela McAllister

Milo's mum always knows what he's up to. But how does she do it? There can only be one answer: she must have X-RAY VISION! So one day Milo decides to put Mum's powers to the test... A brilliantly funny picture book celebrating mums everywhere.


Grandad's Secret Giant 

by David Litchfield 

Billy doesn't believe his Grandad when he tells him there's a giant living in his town, doing good deeds for everyone. And why would he WANT to keep himself a secret? But as time goes on, Billy learns that some secrets are too BIG to stay secret for long.