All Kinds of Families

Random. Oct. 2019. 32p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9780553499407.
Baby-Toddler–This board book adaptation of Families! Families! Families! (Random, 2015) keeps all of the charm and inclusiveness of the picture book edition while simplifying illustrations for the younger target audience. Vividly colored solid backgrounds have replaced the wallpapers of the original while continuing to feature the whimsical animal families of all shapes, sizes, and species. The friendly, cartoon-style animals are arranged as if posed for formal family portraits until they all come together to interact and celebrate the message of the final spread. The details provide a wealth of interactions between the families that toddlers can pore over during repeat readings. The final message (“If you love each other, then you are a family”) makes this a much-needed title for all kinds of families. The illustrations will appeal to fans of Sandra Boynton’s board books.
VERDICT With rhythmic read-aloud text, amusing illustrations, and an inclusive message, this board book is a smart choice for most libraries.

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