Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang

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The older I get, the more I realize that the family of my birth is not my only family. Kids see this all the time. They have aunties and cousins who are not related and brothers who are best friends. It’s not always recognized in picture books, though, so it’s nice to find this book and see such a wide range of family here. Some kids have one mom. Some have two dads. Some have Uncles Hal, Al, and Sal and a robot butler to serve tea! (Where’s MY robot butler to serve tea?  I want to know THAT family.)

In April 2009, the Iowa Supreme court announced its decision in Varnum v. Brien, which allowed same sex marriages to take place and be recognized in Iowa. I’ve lived in Iowa for a long time, and although people who didn’t want gay marriage suggested that things would basically go to heck in a handbasket, it’s been six years, and I can’t see that anything bad has come of it.  It’s made a lot of people happy, including me, since friends and family can now marry the person they love just as I could. Today the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments about same sex marriage. The world has changed. We need to let it change sometimes.

And we need to celebrate the world that is — a wonderful, crazy world made up of all kinds of families.  Read this book.  You will love it, too.

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