The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman and Illustrated by Ros Asquith is one of my all time favorite books for kids. This book demonstrates that families comes in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. Families live in all kinds of situations. Families come from all kinds of cultures and backgrounds. Families experience all kinds of feelings, and do all sorts of things. If you are looking for a book that shows the diversity of people and families while still holding a thread of commonality and unity look no further. I recommend this book for toddlers on up. My almost 4 year old loves this book and it has sparked many interesting and fruitful curiosities and conversations. She can look at the detailed pictures for long stretches of time.
This book came out a number of years ago. It is one of those books that I return to for personal and professional reasons. It is a heartfelt, heart-wrenching, and intriguing book. This memoir by David Sheff is a book all adults that know someone or knows someone that knows someone with an addiction should read. It gives the reader as close to a true experience of what it is like to feel so helpless when trying so hard to help your son or daughter suffering with a drug addiction. There are so many misconceptions and blame-games that people feel pulled into when someone they love is an addict. This book really will help you develop empathy and a more accurate understanding of what addiction is like for the addict and their parents. The book also offer's resources for addicts and their families.