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Books with Strong Families: 06/08/17

Books with Strong Families.

The West of Mars blog asks: "give me fiction with great dads in it." And that got me thinking. In books, family is usually not much of a dynamic – at least in the books I read. In books for adult, whether fiction or nonfiction, the children are usually absent, or relegated to the sidelines. For children, it's just the reverse — absent, dead, or useless parents.

For children's fiction, the absent parents are usually plot important. They are gone to give the children freedom to have adventures — to be heroes. For adult fiction, children complicate the plot and are often hard to write authentically.

But sometimes adults and children do occupy the same book, the same story, and do it well. So rather than just focus on dads, I'm listing books I've reviewed that have a compelling family dynamic. These aren't always parents and children. They might be caregivers, grandparents, neighbors, aunts or uncles.The point is — these are books where children and adults work together for a common goal.

Although most of the list is fiction, there are some nonfiction titles too.

  1. Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  2. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  4. Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
  5. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  6. All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor
  7. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  8. Anna's Corn by Barbara Santucci
  9. The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell
  10. Below by Meg McKinlay
  11. Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
  12. Blizzard by John Rocco
  13. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  14. The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
  15. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  16. A Castle On Viola Street by Dyanne Disalvo
  17. Chi's Sweet Home 01 by Kanata Konami
  18. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  19. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  20. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  21. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
  22. Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker
  23. Clementine, Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker
  24. Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker
  25. Clementine's Letter by Sara Pennypacker
  26. The Cookcamp by Gary Paulsen
  27. The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli
  28. Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young
  29. The Dragons of Spratt Ohio by Linda Zinnen
  30. Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
  31. Everything on a Waffle (audio) by Polly Horvath
  32. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  33. The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
  34. Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  35. Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
  36. Floors by Patrick Carman
  37. Flush by Carl Hiaasen
  38. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  39. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
  40. Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg
  41. Honey by Sarah Weeks
  42. How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating
  43. The Kayla Chronicles by Sherri Winston
  44. Keeper by Kathi Appelt
  45. Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent
  46. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
  47. Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems
  48. Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
  49. Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
  50. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
  51. The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
  52. Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb
  53. Mutt's Promise by Julie Salamon
  54. My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari
  55. My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
  56. Pie by Sarah Weeks
  57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  58. Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George
  59. So B. It by Sarah Weeks
  60. Spork by Kyo Maclear
  61. Stardust (Audio) by Neil Gaiman
  62. Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
  63. The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
  64. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  65. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  66. Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
  67. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  68. Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
  69. XVI by Julia Karr

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