Families Around the World

Families Around the World
Written by Margriet Ruurs
Illustrated by Jessica Rae Gordon
Kids Can Press, Hardcover 40 pages, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1894786577

This colorful cross-section of families introduces readers to fourteen real children from around the world and the people they love the most, from Sanne in the Netherlands, who has two moms; to Gilad, whose parents and siblings live on a kibbutz with other families in Israel; to Ji Eun in South Korea, whose parents both work outside the home. An engaging book about different cultures and what they share: the importance of family, and the familiar ways people care for one another.

“… this quick global trip can serve as a first look at the larger world.”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2014
“Your wanderlust-filled kids will make 14 friends from all over the world and get acquainted with their families, too.”
— Today’s Parent, September 2014
“An attractive and informative multicultural offering.”
— School Library Journal, September 2014
“Inclusive in showing many different family structures, this large-format book offers an amiable introduction to families around the globe.”
— Booklist, October 2014
2015 – Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Winner

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