Families: The Good, The Bad, The Goofy

Many times the holiday season involves families, which at times means family complications. But really, like ’em or not, families are our roots, our past and maybe even our future.

Common Sense Media has compiled a fascinating list of kid-friendly reads about families, from preschool through teens. Read them with the kids for different takes on “the family” and get ready for the family season. Find them all in the catalog!

Ages 3-4
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
    Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
  • The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
    Fun account of family’s travel day tells all about airports.
  • Gus & Me by Keith Richards
    Rolling Stones guitarist’s warm, inspiring childhood memoir.
Ages 6-8
Ages 9+
  • Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern
    Touching fourth-grade story of empathy and kindness.
  • Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
    Warm, funny tale of family, tacos, and middle school.
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
    Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
  • The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
    Unforgettable 12-year-old girl battles the Great Depression.
  • Sisters: Smile Series Book 2 by Raina Telgemeier
    Funny, moving memoir for younger comics fans.
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
    Compelling, nuanced tale of loving family under segregation.
Ages 10+
  • As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
    Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.
  • Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
    Sensitive, engaging tale of girl with seriously ill brother.
  • Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
    Touching story of resourceful girl solving a family mystery.
  • Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
    Harrowing, heartfelt, funny tale of ’70s Southern tween.
  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander
    Heartfelt, soaring, fast-break story of loss and growth.
Teens
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
    Empowering tale of pursuing dreams, honoring heritage.
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
    Lovely, lyrical family story explores miracles and music.
  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
    Expansive, touching saga of Aussie family’s losses, loves.
  • Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
    Beautifully written story about finding your family.
  • Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
    Compelling story of teen sisters neglected by their parents.
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
    Sparkling multi-ethnic reimagining of Pride and Prejudice.