That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

That's Me Loving YouThat’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Teagan White.  Published by Random House. 2016.

Brief summary: A motherly voice in simple prose tells various children that no matter wherever you go, your mother will be  loving you which can come as the sun’s beam, a winking star, or ocean’s breeze.

Comments: This is a short book for very young students. This could be read to a child before a parent has to go on a trip or even the first day of preschool when they will not be together. This is a book which could be read and studied to introduce personification examples with students. Words are on one side; illustrations on the opposite. Although this is in prose, it is not rhyming other than the first sentence.

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A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary; illustrated by Qin Leng. 2016. illustrations ink on paper and digital painting.

Brief summary: A teacher talks about families and asks her students what made their family special. Each child shares something unique letting the reader learn about different types of families including families with same sex parents, blended families, families with foster children, large families, single parent families, families with divorced parents, and families with biological and foster children.

Comments: This book represents  many families that are not usually found in mainstream picture books. It is a pleasant change to see so many variants.