By Joy Jordan-Lake, Illustrated by Sonia Sanchez (Two Lions – 2019)
“How much is the crazy-much love?” This simple question is answered as two parents recount the journey of adopting their daughter and the many milestone moments that follow. A warm, lyrical celebration of the deep love that parents hold for their children, and a comforting message for kids about how there can only be one special you.
Kid Coach’s talent as a trainer will be put to the test because he just signed Dad up for Wrestling Tournament of Champions. Dad faces off against Big Guys, Bad Guys, Bald Guys, and then he racks up win, after win and win! But as the day goes on, Kid Coach notices something. Daddy starts to dance too long, celebrate too much and rudest of all…. and then Kid Coach has to teach Dad how the true champion should be.
By Bernadette Green, Illustrated by Anna Zobel（Scribble – 2020)
When Nicholas wants to know which of Elvi’s two moms is her real mom, she give him lots of clues. Her real mom is a circus performer, and a pirate, and she even teaches spiders the art of the web. But Nicholas still can’t work it our. Luckily, Elvi knows just how to explain it to her friend.
By Deloris Jordan with Roslyn M. Jordan, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers – 2000)
Deloris Jordan, mother of the basketball phenomenon, teams up with her daughter Roslyn to tell this heart-warming and inspirational story that only the family member could tell. It’s a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.
It’s Levi’s first day at a new school, and he’s scared. Papa doesn’t know what to do, so he tells Levi, “Big boys don’t cry.” But the big boys in the world outside are telling him something different…. Come with Levi as he learns by example that it’s okay to cry. A beautiful story of father and son’ s connection.
Levi が新しい学校へ始めてゆく日、彼はとっても心配であった。どういたら良いか解らない父親は、「大きくなった男の子は泣かないんだよ。」と告げた。しかし、学校へ行く途中で、様々な大人の男性達が涙を流すのに Levi は出会い、涙を流すことを恐れなくなった。父親と息子の心温まる素敵な話である。
By Tony Johnston, Illustrated by Stephen Gammell (A Paula Wiseman Book – 2012)
The first time a baby laughs, his entire extended family gathers for a party in hopes of hearting the sweet sound again. Inspired by the custom of the Navajo, a child’s first laugh has always been a precious moment, and they celebrate this event with a First Laugh Ceremony.
By Eve Bunting, Illustrated by Kay Life (Boyds Mills Press – 2005)
A young boy waits with both excitement and apprehension for his father to disembark from the aircraft carrier returning to port. The endearing story with pictures lovingly illustrated captures that special moment when a family is reunited after months of separation.
By Thrity Umrigar, Illustrated by Ziyue Chen (Running Press Kids -2017) A young mother explains to her daughter how love, kindness, and a sense of fun shaped her daughter even before her birth. This book about the special bond between parents and children is a mother’s song to her growing daughter, capturing the warmth and magic of a time when she was pregnant with her child.
By Nancy Tupper Ling, Illustrated by Jessica Lanan (Lee & Low Books Inc. – 2015) A mother weaves a magical web of tales to explain how her child came to be a part of the family. Mother’s tenderness and sweet love is greater than anything else universally, even beyond cultural differences of an adapted child from the new mother’s culture that she grew up with.
By Ethel Footman Smothers, Illustrated by John Holyfield (Frances Foster Books – 2003) The story based on the author’s own childhood. Emma, the daughter of poor migrant workers, longs to own a real book, and when she turns eight and must to attend a new school, she is amazed to discover a whole library in her classroom.