Celebrating Families of All Kinds!


No two families are alike. Some families have 1 parent. Some families have two moms or two dads. Other families may have stepparents or several generations living under one roof. Each family is unique, and it is important for kids to learn that love is what makes a family. Thankfully, there are lots of amazing books and products available now to help kids learn about all of the different family dynamics out there. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to a company that wants to teach kids about different families through play. I also gathered a list of some of the top books to help kids learn about what makes a family, 

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Celebrating Diverse Families Through Play

MyFamilyBuilders is a toy company that aims to create toys which recognize all kinds of families. When founder Eze Karpf couldn’t find a toy that represented his friend’s multiracial family, he set out to create a line of toys that would allow families to feel represented in the toys they are sharing together. We were lucky enough to try out their latest product, the MyFamilyBuilders Magnetic Mix & Match Wooden Shapes.

This set of magnets includes 60 pieces, which allow for up to 6800 possible combinations! The pieces include a mix of heads, upper bodies and lower bodies in different sizes including various skin tones, hair colors and heights. There are also pieces that include wheelchairs. I do wish that there were pieces with gray or white hair to accommodate grandparents or older parents. However, for a starter set, it covers a lot of bases! It even includes a little cat and dog which were my daughter’s favorites (of course!). It also comes with a nice storage bag which is helpful for keeping all the pieces together. I also love the little magnet which reminds kids to be who they are. Such an important message for kids to learn and embrace!

Safety & Quality

I am the mother who is always worried about magnets. So I was thrilled that these pieces had the magnets along the entire back of the wooden shape, so there aren’t small pieces that could detach. The designs are also painted directly onto the wood with nontoxic water based paint, so they are durable for small hands. This set is labeled for 3 and up due to small pieces, but my 2 year old really enjoyed playing with them too (under supervision).

This set is a great way to introduce kids to diversity and start a conversation about differences. MyFamilyBuilders also offers block sets and wall stickers, giving families even more ways to play together. I highly recommend checking out their products and introducing your kids to other types of families.

Recognizing that All Families are Unique

Giving kids the opportunity to see themselves in the books that they read and the toys that they play with is so important. It’s never too early to teach kids that all families are different, and that love is what makes people into a family. I love that diverse families are being celebrated by companies like MyFamilyBuilders. Check out these awesome read-alouds for more ways to celebrate what makes a family.

 

One Family was written by George Shannon and illustrated by Blanca Gomez. This spin on a counting book shows kids how families can be large or small, and can be made up of people of all different races, ages and genders. But they all make up one family.

Stella Brings the Family was written by Miriam B. Schiffer and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown. This sweet story follows a little girl named Stella who is worried about the Mother’s Day party at school. She has two dads, and she doesn’t know who she should invite. This adorably illustrated book reminds readers that a lot of people can make up a family, and that love is the most important part!

Heather Has Two Mommies was written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Laura Cornell. Heather loves the number two, and she loves her two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, she and her classmates learn that not all families are alike.

Celebrating all kinds of differences

The Family Book was written and illustrated by Todd Parr. This book celebrates families who are different in all kinds of ways. From big differences to small ones, this book reminds us that all families are unique, and that all of us share love.


My Family Tree and Me was written and illustrated by Dušan Petričić. This book tells the story of both sides of a young boy’s family over many generations. Reading the book from the beginning shows the father’s side, while reading it from the end introduces the mother’s side. The middle of the book shows both sides of the family in a two page spread. This book shows how families develop over generations, and how everyone in the family is connected.

Who’s In a Family was written by Robert Skutch and illustrated by Laura Nienhaus. This colorful book shows many ways that families can be different. It also shows how families are made up of the people who love you most.

All Families Are Special was written by Norma Simon and illustrated by Teresa Flavin. When they find out that their teacher is about to become a grandmother, all of the kids in the class want to share about their own families as well. This book covers a wide array of family dynamics, teaching kids that all families are unique.

Celebrating What Makes Your Family Unique

MyFamilyBuilders provides kids with an opportunity to play with toys that resemble the unique individuals who make up their family. These open ended toys also allow for families to have an important conversation about similarities, differences and what makes a family. With everything going on today in our country and in the world, it is more important than ever to encourage the next generation to celebrate diversity and embrace our differences!

 

64 Comments

  • Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    August 24, 2017 at 8:00 am Reply

    These are so cool! Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Calleigh - TheForkBite

    August 24, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply

    It’s great to know there are some companies that teach kids about family dynamics. Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

      I agree! I love that companies like theirs are out there creating great products for all types of families.

  • Lindsey Mozgai

    August 24, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

    These are such a good idea! My niece would love them!

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! We have had a lot of fun with them!

  • Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat.

    August 24, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply

    What a cute set of block people! I like the little dog and cat to complete the family 🙂

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      Haha, they are definitely her favorite part!

  • Meg Smidt

    August 24, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply

    I love this so much and i want to o get every single one of these books!

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      Aw, I’m so glad! I hope you check them out!

  • Meagan

    August 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm Reply

    What a great educational toy! I love the books as well. Currently raising a diverse family, I love the books for when my youngest is going to be old enough to read and understand what the books are saying.

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! The toys are really great quality, and the books are a great way to start the conversation with your kids!

  • Heather

    August 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm Reply

    I love this list! We will definitely look for some of these at our library!

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Jessica

    August 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm Reply

    love this list! going to look into these! thank you

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Marie Ndiaye

    August 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Love this post! We are a diverse family and we love One Family & The Family Book. It is sometimes a challenge to find books that reflect what our family looks like.

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm Reply

      Thank you! I’m hopeful that more books and toys will start including diverse families!

  • Sharon Chen

    August 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm Reply

    These books are definitely worth reading for little children. It will increase their awareness.

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply

      I agree! It’s important for kids to see other family dynamics.

  • Megan | Mama on Main Street

    August 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm Reply

    This post is amazing! What a beautiful lesson to teach your children. I love the magnets. Such a fun way to teach such an important lesson.

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 10:14 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had so much fun with the magnets! I love that they can help me to start the conversation with my daughter early on!

  • Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle

    August 25, 2017 at 12:12 am Reply

    I love this so much! It’s so important for children to see different families. I wish these were around long ago, but I’m thrilled to see them now! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Taylor (thesprinkle.tayloramead.com)

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

      I’m glad! I agree I wish these had been around when we were younger!

  • Heather Gilbert

    August 25, 2017 at 2:17 am Reply

    I have several of those books in our growing library, but you’ve given me a few more to add to my ever increasing ‘diversity’ pile. I appreciate the time and care you put into this article, and the thought that has gone into these book recommendations.

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

      Thank you! I’m so glad I could give you some more to add to your list!

  • Adree

    August 25, 2017 at 7:12 am Reply

    I love the magnets, my little guy would love them!

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

      My daughter has had a lot of fun with them!

  • Kay

    August 25, 2017 at 8:04 am Reply

    Oh I love this!! I work in speech therapy so books are huge and acknowledging diversity is huge too! I’m totally putting these books on the list!

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Ashley Peggs

    August 25, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing this! I love this list of books and I’m going to be checking out those family builder magnetic set!

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! We have had a lot of fun with them!

  • April Kitchens

    August 25, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply

    I’m going to put some of these book on our library list. The magnets look fun.

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them!

  • The Unfiltered Momma

    August 25, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

    Such a good post! I think this is extremely important to stress to kids

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply

      Thank you! I definitely want my daughter to be surrounded by books and toys that celebrate diversity.

  • Kelly Kimmell

    August 25, 2017 at 9:50 am Reply

    Great post. These area a good idea, nice way to teach young children.

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Mar

    August 25, 2017 at 10:05 am Reply

    What a great post! I think its so important to start discussions such as this at a young age. Love those fridge magnets too!

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply

      Thank you! I agree that the younger we start the conversation, the better!

  • Bailey

    August 25, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply

    Oh what a neat idea! You really know how to teach things in a fun way!

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Chevelle

    August 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm Reply

    I love these! I worry about teaching my kids about diversity (we live in a non-diverse area). These are all great ways to bring up diversity and inclusion.

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm Reply

      I hope they are helpful in starting the conversation!

  • liz Cleland

    August 25, 2017 at 5:10 pm Reply

    My son loves these types of things. We love reading to him so these will be added to our reading list!

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Ana

    August 25, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

    This is really awesome. We really need more love like this in the world!

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 11:31 pm Reply

      Thank you! I agree it is something we could use more of!

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    August 26, 2017 at 1:01 am Reply

    What a great collection of books! Families are love, not about who they are comprised of! I love seeing all of the diversity celebrated!

    • Vicki

      August 26, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply

      Thank you! I love that there are so many great books and products available now to celebrate families!

  • Leila

    August 26, 2017 at 2:10 am Reply

    Love it! Pinning for later. I love your book posts.

    • Vicki

      August 26, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply

      Thank you!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove

    August 27, 2017 at 12:18 am Reply

    Oh my goodness, I love those magnets! That is such a great idea! I love when I hear stories of people that invent a product because they couldn’t find what they wanted.

    • Vicki

      August 27, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply

      I agree! I love that they filled a gap in the toy world that lots of families were seeing!

  • Cristal Dyer

    August 27, 2017 at 10:01 am Reply

    My Family Builders sounds like such a great idea! I’ll definitely have to check this out further.

    • Vicki

      August 27, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply

      I hope you check them out! They are a great product!

  • Julie

    August 27, 2017 at 11:50 am Reply

    Great ideas & great book suggestions. Adding some of these to my library list now!

    • Vicki

      August 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Maranda Laverdure

    August 28, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply

    OMG thank you so much for sharing I need to take a look at all of these with my kiddos. There is literally something for everyone!

    • Vicki

      August 28, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you find some new favorites to enjoy together!

  • Krystal Sadler

    August 28, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply

    I love that books are a gateway to so many beautiful things! Teaching diversity is oh so important, especially in this day and age!

    • Vicki

      August 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

      I agree! I think it is more important than ever and I am so glad that companies and publishers are taking note and creating quality products for kids to learn from and enjoy!

  • elizabeth hurt

    August 28, 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply

    These are great! Such great teaching opps and so many different lessons to learn!

    • Vicki

      August 28, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

      Thank you!

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