A favorite topic for preschool is My Family and Me. Preschoolers love to talk about their families. Learning about families helps a preschooler's vocabulary as he/she learns to label family members. Plus, reading about loving moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas, is just fun! Whether studying families in preschool or reading about families at home, books about families are a good way to help kids bond and form loving connections with adults in their lives.
All kinds of Families by Mary Ann Hoberman is an interesting book to include on a study of families. In this story, the author groups objects into families and then compares it to human families. It would be great for kicking off a My family and Me preschool theme as you ask children to think about the question, "What is a family?"
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant This is a precious book about a family reunion. The Relatives Came would be a great text for introducing extended family members. I love this book! Rylant is one of my favorite authors. I don't know why but this book gives me chills by the end. Every. Single. Time. It's not a sappy, tear jerker book. In fact, it's quite humorous-- but it's also heartfelt.
Bear's Busy Family A simple story of a bear family This book includes Grandparents, Mom, Dad, Uncle and Aunt, Brothers and Sisters, and cousins. The text is very simple. There is a darling bear family tree at the back of the book that you'll fall in love with.
The Fathers are Coming Home --This book was written by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny) but wasn't published until recently. In this story, fathers return to their children... both a human father and many animal fathers. I was instantly attracted to this book. It is a very repetitive story, although the text isn't as repetitive as some children's books. This book is probably best for toddler/young preschool as there is not a great deal of "story" to it. The illustrations were recently done but seem old -fashioned and simple. My preschooler, Logan, likes to count the animals on each page.
What's in Baby's Morning? By Judy Hindley This simple book chronicles a baby's day with lots of loving experiences with family members.
I Love My Mommy Because...Cute board book detailing the things mommies do. Illustrations are based on animal mother/baby pairs.
My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven. This one is so good, it deserves it's own post. We created family portraits after reading this book!
What are your favorite books for exploring families?
This post is part of a series on preschool themes. Looking for another preschool theme? Check out my Books by Theme page.