Mother’s Day may be one of our favorite holidays for obvious reasons, but it’s also obvious that not all kids have a mother living in their family. For young kids in this situation, this can be a difficult time, especially in school when kids may be asked to make Mother’s Day cards or gifts — or, as in the new book, Stella Brings the Family, attend a Mother’s Day celebration in the classroom.
In this brand new book by Miriam Schiffer, Stella’s teacher asks the class to each invite a special guest for a Mother’s Day party. But, Stella has a Papa and a Daddy. Not a mom and a dad, or even two moms like her classmate Howie.
Through easy-to-understand text and sweet colorful illustrations by Holly Clifton-Brown, Stella wrestles with her dilemma before deciding to invite all those people who make up her special family.
I love how Stella uses childlike honesty to field friends’ innocent questions like, but who reads you bedtime stories? And who kisses you when you are hurt? I think her answers will ring true
Stella Brings the Family is a nice way to talk to children about the evolving definition of a family, and how important it is to be understanding, tolerant, and supportive of kids who may be growing up in different circumstances. I think this makes it a great read for all kinds of kids.
Plus, it’s a great reminder for all of us that dads can be pretty awesome at kissing boo-boos too.
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Schiffer and Holly Clifton-Brown is available at our affiliate Amazon, and your local independent bookseller.