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The Relatives Came: Books about Families

Enjoy some of these great family stories with your Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, or Cousin! There is room for everyone at this family reunion of fun picture books. If you are looking for more family fun, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more family titles for you to enjoy. Don't forget, you can check out up to 60 items at a time with your Richland Library card.


The Family Book by Todd Parr
Laura R. Says: Books about families
Amazon Says: Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and more...
Amazon Says: Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what. less...
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The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
Laura R. Says: Books about families
Amazon Says: In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived, they hugged and hugged from the kitchen to the front room. All summer t more...
Amazon Says: In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived, they hugged and hugged from the kitchen to the front room. All summer they tended the garden and ate up all the strawberries and melons. They plucked banjos and strummed guitars. When they finally had to leave, they were sad, but not for long. They all knew they would be together next summer. less...
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What a Family by Rachel Isadora
Laura R. Says: Books about families
Amazon Says: Did you ever wonder where you got your freckles, or your weird toes, or that astounding ability to wiggle your ears? Do you know the difference between a second cousin and a f more...
Amazon Says: Did you ever wonder where you got your freckles, or your weird toes, or that astounding ability to wiggle your ears? Do you know the difference between a second cousin and a first cousin once removed? Families are a real puzzle, especially a family as big as Ollie’s. But with Grandpa Max’s help, Ollie navigates his family tree and sees the many things all these different people have in common as well as the things they don’t! A book as useful as it is entertaining with fabulous portraits by a Caldecott Honor artist. And as an added bonus, Ollie’s family tree is included on the endpapers. less...
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Mad At Mommy by Komako Sakai
Laura R. Says: Books about Mommies
Amazon Says: The creator of last year's sleeper success THE SNOW DAY returns with another pitch-perfect story of real childhood experience -- what happens when you get MAD AT MOMMY. Littl more...
Amazon Says: The creator of last year's sleeper success THE SNOW DAY returns with another pitch-perfect story of real childhood experience -- what happens when you get MAD AT MOMMY. Little Bunny is VERY MAD at his mommy. She sleeps too late. She talks too much. She watches her silly shows instead of cartoons. And she gets mad for no reason -- just a few little bubbles on the floor. The only thing left to do is run away. But does he really want to leave Mommy behind forever? With the charming illustrations and spot-on understanding of young children's thinking that distinguished THE SNOW DAY and EMILY'S BALLOON, Komako Sakai brings us a REALLY ANGRY -- and ultimately sweet -- new story. less...
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Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz
Laura R. Says: Books about Mommies
Amazon Says: How many mommy hugs does it take to say I love you? more...
Amazon Says: How many mommy hugs does it take to say I love you? less...
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The Frank Show by David Mackintosh
Laura R. Says: Books about life with grandparents
Amazon Says: This hilarious, offbeat picture book from the creator of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye. Grandpa more...
Amazon Says: This hilarious, offbeat picture book from the creator of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye. Grandpa Frank doesn’t have any interesting hobbies, unless you count complaining about how everything was better in the old days. He doesn’t speak Italian like Paolo’s mom, or play the drums like Tom’s uncle. He’s just a grandpa. So when the young narrator of this story is forced to bring Frank to school for show-and-tell, he’s sure it’s going to be a disaster. But Frank has a trick—make that a tattoo—up his sleeve! And a story to go with it. After all, the longer you’ve been around, the more time you’ve had for wild adventures. Praise for The Frank Show STARRED REVIEWS “Mackintosh’s busy, helter-skelter images contribute mightily to the story’s humor and emotional honesty, but it’s the willful personalities of both of these protagonists that make it stand out.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review "This humorous and heartwarming tale will inspire children to seek out their own grandparents' treasure trove of stories." —Shelf-Awareness, starred review "Pore over the funny details, soak in the humor (the things-were-a-lot-tougher-in-my-day spread had me in stitches), appreciate the very specific mood Mackintosh so successfully creates in this story, and delight in the illustration, lettering and overall design, all handled by the talented and overachieving Mackintosh." —Kirkus Reviews blog "Mackintosh writes with irreverence, and his illustrations are packed with prickly humor... But Mackintosh also draws with emotional sensitivity and empathy." —The New York Times online "Old-timey gripes gain zest from Mr. Mackintosh's exuberant and colorful collage illustrations." —The Wall Street Journal "Complete with lively pen-and-ink illustrations, this offbeat picture book is sure to become a family favorite. Along the way, it may prompt children to wonder what exciting details their grandparents have yet to reveal about their own life stories." —BookPage "The cartoon illustrations are very funny. Frank’s oversize glasses with a missing right temple enhance the mood. A sweet story that proves that elderly relatives can be cool after all." —School Library Journal "As a lover of vintage and vintage-inspired children’s books, I was instantly enamored with The Frank Show by British illustrator and designer David Mackintosh — a charming homage to grandparents and the art of seeing beneath the grumpy exterior." —Brain Pickings "The art is appealing as well; digitally created scenes pulls together planes of vivid color, a multitude of small elements outlined in black scrawls, and elements of collage." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Reminding readers that everyone has a story to tell, this picture book is fun to read while providing insight into human character." —Reading Today Online Awards: GOLD - Parents' Choice Award Winner, Picture Books less...
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Waiting for Gregory by Kimberly Willis Holt
Laura R. Says: Books about extended family
Amazon Says: The first picture book from National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt When exactly is cousin Gregory going to be born? asks little Iris. Each family member has a differe more...
Amazon Says: The first picture book from National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt When exactly is cousin Gregory going to be born? asks little Iris. Each family member has a different answer to her question. While she's waiting for what seems like forever, Iris thinks about all the exciting things she and her new cousin will someday do together. And given Iris' vibrant imagination, there's no telling what to expect. National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt offers a unique take on some of the traditional and not-so-traditional myths surrounding a baby's arrival, with an extra layer of imagination added by Gabi Swiatkowska's fresh and whimsical paintings. less...
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