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by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
Shelley Rotner, Photographer

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 x 11 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823430536 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Cultural Diversity - General, Family & Relationships
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
SL.1.1, 1a-c, 2-6
W.1.1-3, 5, 7, 8
RF.1.1, 1a, 2, 3, 3g, 4, 4a-c
RI.1.1-4, 6-10
L.1.4, 4a, 5, 5a-c, 6

About the Book

Celebrate diversity with a picture book for very young children about the many faces of contemporary families in this companion to Shades of People.

Big or small, similar or different-looking, there are all kinds of families. Some have one parent, some have two, and many include extended family. This inclusive look at many varieties of families will help young readers see beyond their own immediate experiences and begin to understand others.


"Vibrant photographs—especially action shots—will capture children's attention, build language skills and, one hopes, start conversations."—Kirkus Reviews

"A great way to introduce the concept of diversity among families.."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Create a main idea and detail chart using evidence from the text. RI.K-1.1, 2

2. What type of book is FAMILIES? Is it fiction or nonfiction? How do you know? Why do you think Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly wrote this book? (author's purpose) RI.K-1.5

3. Discuss how the photographs in the book relate to the words and the message. RI.K-1.6, 7

4. Write a sentence and draw a picture about your family. W.K-1.3, 8

Educators' Guide
Educator's Guide and activity sheet that features questions for classroom discussion aligned with CCSS and an activity sheet for young readers.