Celebrating Families

Every family is special - and we at West Side Books want to help represent the diverse family relationships that sometimes go unappreciated. This list includes fiction, non-fiction, and picture books about all different kinds of families.


 

Love Makes a Family By Sophie Beer Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780525554226
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - December 24th, 2018

This fun, inclusive board book celebrates the one thing that makes every family a family . . . and that's LOVE.


The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism By Naoki Higashida, KA Yoshida (Translated by), David Mitchell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Naoki Higashida, KA Yoshida (Translated by), David Mitchell (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985153
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2016

“One of the most remarkable books I’ve ever read. It’s truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.”—Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR • The Wall Street Journal • Bloomberg Business • Bookish


The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes By Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, Norman Spack, MD (Foreword by) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781615193066
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Published: The Experiment - April 5th, 2016

From a leading US authority on a subject more timely than ever—an up-to-date, all-in-one resource on gender-nonconforming children and adolescents

In her groundbreaking first book, Gender Born, Gender Made, Dr.


Milo Imagines the World By Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549083
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

The team behind the Newbery Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street and the award-winning New York Times bestseller Carmela Full of Wishes once again delivers a poignant and timely picture book that's sure to become an instant classic.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe By Benjamin Alire Sáenz Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781442408937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world.


The Family Book By Todd Parr Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316070409
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2010

The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way.


Why Does Daddy Always Look So Sad? By Jude Morrow Cover Image
$16.49
Unavailable To Order
ISBN: 9781582707570
Published: Beyond Words - April 7th, 2020

WINNER OF THE 2021 GOLD LIVING NOW AWARD

Why Does Daddy Always Look So Sad? is a poignant and honest memoir detailing Jude Morrow’s journey to parenthood, and how his autism profoundly affected that journey, for both better and worse, bringing hope to all who live with autism as well as those who care for someone on the spectrum.

I knew that Jupiter


Papa, Daddy, & Riley By Seamus Kirst, Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Seamus Kirst, Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781433832390
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Published: Magination Press - May 5th, 2020

ALA's 2021 Rainbow Book List Selection

NCSS-CBC 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Book

One of Bank Street's 2021 Best Children's Books of the Year


The Trans Partner Handbook: A Guide for When Your Partner Transitions By Jo Green Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781785922275
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - August 21st, 2017

Individuals who transition from one gender to another are often in some degree of a relationship, and over 55% of these relationships endure through the transition process.


Mommy, Mama, and Me By Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781582462639
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Published: Tricycle Press - June 9th, 2009

A heartwarming board books about gay parents! A great purchase for new parents and new babies alike, and the perfect gift to show your love for mommy, mama and more!


Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families By Finn V. Gratton Cover Image
$42.84
ISBN: 9781785928031
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - October 21st, 2019

Providing advice on how professionals working with autistic trans youth and adults can tailor their practice to best serve their clients and how parents can support their trans autistic children, this book increases awareness of the large overlap between trans identities and autism.


My Family, Your Family! By Kathryn Cole, Cornelia Li (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kathryn Cole, Cornelia Li (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781772601336
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Published: Second Story Press - September 8th, 2020

This book includes a diverse array of characters and celebrates gay parents, single parents, blended families, and other family groups rarely seen in board books.


Raising Ollie: How My Nonbinary Art-Nerd Kid Changed (Nearly) Everything I Know By Tom Rademacher Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781517911737
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - October 12th, 2021

The account of one radically new school year for a Teacher of the Year and for his nonbinary, art-obsessed, brilliant child 

Seven-year-old Ollie was researching local advanced school programs—because every second grader does that, right? Ollie, who used to hate weekends because they meant no school, was crying on the way to school almost every day.


Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin By Duncan Tonatiuh Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780810938724
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2010

Two cousins—one in the United States and one in Mexico—learn their lives aren’t so different in this charming picture book from award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh

A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book!
 
Meet Charlie and Carlitos.
Charlie lives in America.
Carlitos, his primo, lives in Mexico.
Cha


Trans Kids and Teens: Pride, Joy, and Families in Transition By Elijah C. Nealy Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780393713992
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2019

A comprehensive guide to the medical, emotional, and social issues of trans kids.

These days, it is practically impossible not to hear about some aspect of transgender life. Whether it is the bathroom issue in North Carolina, trans people in the military, or on television, trans life has become front and center after years of marginalization.


The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood By Krys Malcolm Belc Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640094383
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint - June 15th, 2021

Krys Malcolm Belc's visual memoir-in-essays explores how the experience of gestational parenthood—conceiving, birthing, and breastfeeding his son Samson—eventually clarified his gender identity.


A Different Pond By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781623708030
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls a must-read for our times, A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip. Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son - and between cultures, old and new.


A Family Is a Family Is a Family By Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781554987948
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 1st, 2016

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all.


A List of Cages By Robin Roe Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484776407
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

This "gripping and moving" story of two foster brothers sharply examines the impact of loss, grief, and abuse (Emma Donohgue, bestselling author of Room) -- and celebrates the power of friendship. When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made.


All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated By Nell Bernstein Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781595581853
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Published: New Press - August 1st, 2007

In this "moving condemnation of the U.S. penal system and its effect on families" (Parents' Press), award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein takes an intimate look at parents and children--over two million of them--torn apart by our current incarceration policy.