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50 Books about Family

Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren
© 2011 Cooperative Children's Book Center

Originally developed in 2003 as part of a 12-month series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, this bibliography was updated in 2011.


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


For the youngest children

    Ada, Alma Flor. I Love Saturdays y domingos. Illustrated by Elivia Savadier. Atheneum, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Balouch, Kristen. Mystery Bottle. Hyperion, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Benjamin, Floella . My Two Grannies. Illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain. Frances Lincoln, 2008. 24 pages. Ages 3-6

    Graham, Bob. Oscar’s Half Birthday. Candlewick Press, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Krishnaswami, Uma. Bringing Asha Home. Illustrated by Jamel Akib. Lee & Low, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Lazo Gilmore, Dorina K.. Cora Cooks Pancit. Illustrated by Kristi Valiant. Shen's Books, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Look, Lenore. Henry's First-Moon Birthday. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 7

    Newman, Lesléa. Daddy, Papa, and Me. Illustrated by Carol Thompson. Tricycle Press, 2009. 16 pages. Ages birth - 3

    Newman, Lesléa. Mommy, Mama, and Me. Illustrated by Carol Thompson. Tricycle Press, 2009. 16 pages. Ages birth - 3

    Wheeler, Lisa. Jazz Baby. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Harcourt, 2007. 32 pages. Ages birth-3

    Williams, Vera B.. A Chair for My Mother. Greenwillow, 1982. Ages 4 - 9

    Woodson, Jacqueline. Pecan Pie Baby. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Putnam, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6


For the middle years

    Appelt, Kathi. Keeper. Illustrated by August Hall. Atheneum, 2010. 416 pages. Ages 8 - 11

    Atinuke, . Anna Hibiscus. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. U.S. edition: Kane/Miller, 2010. 112 pages. Ages 4-8

    Bolden, Tonya. Finding Family. Bloomsbury, 2010. 181 pages. Ages 9 - 12

    Cheng, Andrea. Only One Year. Illustrated by Nicole Wong. Lee & Low Books, 2010. 97 pages. Ages 6 - 9

    Creech, Sharon. Replay. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2005. 240 pages. Ages 8-11

    Gerdner, Linda and Sarah Langford . Grandfather's Story Cloth = Yawg Daim Paj Ntaub Dab Neeg. Illustrated by Stuart Loughridge. Shen's Books , 2008. 32 pages. Ages 6-10

    Hesse, Karen. Just Juice. Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. Scholastic Press, 1998. 138 pages. Ages 8 -11

    Kornblatt, Marc. Izzy's Place. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003. 118 pages. Ages 9 - 12

    O'Neill, Catharine. Annie and Simon. Candlewick Press, 2008. 57 pages. Ages 5-7

    Patron, Susan. The Higher Power of Lucky. Illustrated by Matt Phelan. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2006. 134 pages. Ages 9-12

    Resau, Laura. Star in the Forest. Delacorte Press, 2010. 149 pages. Ages 8-11

    Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Jingle Dancer. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Morrow/HarperCollins, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Williams, Vera B.. Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart. Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, 2001. 72 pages. Ages 7 - 11

    Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer. Amistad / HarperCollins, 2010. 218 pages. Ages 8-12


For older children and young adults

    Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Where the Streets Had a Name. U.S. edition: Scholastic Press, 2010. 320 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Bondoux, Anne-Laure. A Time of Miracles. Translated by Y. Maudet (from the French). U.S. edition: Delacorte Press, 2010. 180 pages. Age 13 and older

    Bruchac, Joseph. Hidden Roots. Scholastic Press, 2004. 136 pages. Ages 11-14

    Clarke, Judith. One Whole and Perfect Day. U.S. edition: Front Street / Boyds Mills Press, 2007. 250 pages. Age 13 and older

    Connor, Leslie. Waiting for Normal. Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins, 2008. 290 pages. Ages 10-14

    Frazier, Sundee T.. The Other Half of My Heart. Delacorte Press, 2010. 296 pages. Ages 10-13

    Holt, Kimberly Willis. Part of Me: Stories of a Louisiana Family. Henry Holt, 2006. 208 pages. Ages 11-14

    Kent, Rose. Kimchi & Calamari. HarperCollins, 2007. 220 pages. Ages 10-13

    Lynch, Chris. Angry Young Man. Simon & Schuster, 2011. 176 pages. Age 13 and older

    Michael, Jan. City Boy. U.S. edition: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. 188 pages. Ages 10 - 13

    Saldana, Rene, Jr. The Jumping Tree: A Novel. Delacorte Press, 2001. 181 pages. Ages 11 - 14

    Salisbury, Graham. Lord of the Deep. Delacorte Press, 2001. Ages 10 - 14

    Yang, Gene Luen. Prime Baby. Illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. Roaring Brook Press, 2010. 64 pages. Age 9 and older

    Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn. 42 Miles. Illustrated by Elaine Clayton. Clarion, 2008. 73 pages. Ages 10-14



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