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Top 20 Family Diversity Books Every Home Should Have

You’re reading this here on Babble, so we already know you belong to the new generation of parents. And with that comes a new generation of families and children. While families that consist of a mother, a father, and a child will always, always exist, our generation of parents — and children — comprise all sorts of families. And our children are most certainly growing up in world very different than the one in which we were raised (Doesn’t that make us sound like such adults?).

Our kids will go to school and become friends with other kids from more types of families than any other time in history. And books can be a great way to introduce your children to the myriad of diverse families that make up our new generation of parents.

After the jump, check out the Top 20 Family Diversity Books Every Home Should Have, and celebrate the differences that make every family — and child — special.

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  • I Wished For You: An Adoption Story 1 of 20
    I Wished For You: An Adoption Story
    I Wished for You: An Adoption Story follows a conversation between a little bear named Barley and his Mama as they curl up in their favorite cuddle spot and talk about how they became a family. Barley asks Mama the kinds of questions many adopted children have, and Mama lovingly answers them all. It's a very sweet book with a very clear theme: Love is what makes a family.
    You can order it here
  • ABC: A Family Alphabet Book 2 of 20
    ABC: A Family Alphabet Book
    This alphabet book focuses on families with gay and lesbian parents, and highlights just how similar these families are to any other family. "L is for Lunch. We always pack a picnic lunch when when my moms take me to the beach."
    You can order it here
  • Colors Come From God … Just Like Me! 3 of 20
    Colors Come From God ... Just Like Me!
    This book follows a young girl who talks about all the things God created, and all the colors that go with them. She ends each section declaring, "God made me a beautiful brown!" It's a great way to teach healthy attitudes about race.
    You can order it here
  • Who’s in a Family? 4 of 20
    Who's in a Family?
    Family is important, but who's in a family? Why, the people who love you the most, of course! This open-minded picture book makes no stereotypes about what makes a family a family.
    You can order it here
  • My Family is Forever 5 of 20
    My Family is Forever
    Some families look alike, some don't. Some families are formed through birth, and some families are formed by adoption. But as the little girl in this heartwarming book makes clear, being a family isn't about who you look like or where you were born—it's about the love that binds you together.
    You can order it here
  • Heather Has Two Mommies 6 of 20
    Heather Has Two Mommies
    This is the first lesbian-themed children's book ever published. First released in 1989, it's now practically a classic. Heather's family situation is spoken of positively and simply.
    You can order it here
  • Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale 7 of 20
    Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale
    This is a touching story of one baby's journey from China to her adoptive parents on the other side of the world. It captures the love between parents and children, and the miraculous journey of adoption.
    You can order it here
  • The Family Book 8 of 20
    The Family Book
    The Family Book celebrates the many different types of families, including adoptive families, step families, one-parent families, gay-parent families, as well as the traditional nuclear family.
    You can order it here
  • I Love Saturdays Y Domingos 9 of 20
    I Love Saturdays Y Domingos
    The little girl we follow in this story shares her weekend with both sets of her grandparents: Saturdays with her European-American grandparents and Sundays -- Domingos -- with her Mexican-American grandparents. Centered around the love of their granddaughter, this story is in both English and Spanish.
    You can order it here
  • We Belong Together 10 of 20
    We Belong Together
    This is a great story about adoption and fitting in. It highlights the child's needs and what the family has to offer, and how they all came together with something special to give.
    You can order it here
  • Stinky the Bulldog 11 of 20
    Stinky the Bulldog
    Stinky is the new dog in town, and after having a hard time making friends, he learns a valuable lesson about friendship and not judging others from the outside.
    You can order it here
  • Is Your Family Like Mine? 12 of 20
    Is Your Family Like Mine?
    Young Armetha learns about her friends' families by asking, and she realizes that her friends come from nuclear, step-parent, single-parent, and foster-parent families. The young girl realizes her two-mom family is just like others: filled with love.
    You can order it here
  • How My Parents Learned to Eat 13 of 20
    How My Parents Learned to Eat
    This book tells the story of when an American sailor dated a Japanese woman, and how they both try to learn the differences among their cultures. Along the way, they realize just what similarities they share.
    You can order it here
  • Black, White, Just Right! 14 of 20
    Black, White, Just Right!
    This super-sweet story celebrates how the differences between one mother and a father blend together to make the perfect combination for their daughter.
    You can order it here
  • Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story 15 of 20
    Rosie's Family: An Adoption Story
    This cute story about a beagle who was adopted by schnauzers is about belonging to a family regardless of differences. Rosie the beagle asks many questions common for adoptive children.
    You can order it here
  • King and King 16 of 20
    King and King
    This book is fabulously great. It's a contemporary story about finding true love and living happily ever after.
    You can order it here
  • A Blessing From Above 17 of 20
    A Blessing From Above
    This is another sweet story about how families come to be. The main character is a kangaroo and the little one she cares for and provides a home for is a baby bird.
    You can order it here
  • How My Family Came to Be: Daddy, Papa and Me 18 of 20
    How My Family Came to Be: Daddy, Papa and Me
    This book explores interracial, gay adoptive families, and celebrates the love that brings them together. Told by the little boy's point of view, it's an upbeat and happy story that easily deals with the topic.
    You can order it here
  • Happy Adoption Day! 19 of 20
    Happy Adoption Day!
    This sing-song book celebrates the day when a child joins an adoptive family. It is fun and lighthearted, and filled with joy.
    You can order it here
  • And Tango Makes Three 20 of 20
    And Tango Makes Three
    Penguins are adorable. And this book is oh-so sweet. When male penguins Silo and Roy attempt to hatch an egg-shaped rock and find no success in their efforts, the zookeepers decide to place a fertilized penguin egg in their cage and end up with little baby Tango, in an amusing tale based on a true story from the Central Park Zoo.
    You can order it here

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