Picture Books By Topic: extended family

The Most Beautiful Thing

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By: Kao Kalia Yang
Illustrated by: Khoa Le
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Description: “Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with little money—and a great deal of love. Weaving together Kalia’s story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family’s early years in the United States.” (Book jacket)
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Nonna’s Birthday Surprise

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By: Lidia Bastianich
Illustrated by: Renee Graef
Description: Nonna Lidia helps her grandchildren prepare a birthday dinner for their great-grandmother Nonna Mima. She tells them about her childhood home with the animals, fruits and vegetables.
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Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Egg-citing Farm Adventure

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By: Lidia Bastianich
Illustrated by: Renee Graef
Description: Nonna Lidia has her grandkids for a sleepover and she shares stories of her childhood on the farm with her own grandparents, the children's great-grandparents. The kids feed chickens, collect eggs and learn about an organic farm. Recipes included.
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The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

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By: Tina Cho
Illustrated by: Jess X. Snow
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Description: Dayeon is a young South Korean girl who longs to be a haenyeo like her Grandma. Haenyeo’s are female divers—many are 60 years old or older and some are in their 80s. They deep sea dive off Jeju Island to “pluck treasures from the sea.” Although Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo like her Grandma, she has a scary memory of the sea and is afraid to dive.
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Our Grandparents: A Global Album

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By: Maya Ajmera, Sheila Kinkade, Cynthia Pon
Description: Grandparents, multicultural, families, everyday activities, photographs The joy shared between grandparents and grandchildren is presented in photographs and brief text following an introduction by Desmond Tutu.
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Rosie Revere, Engineer

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By: Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by: David Roberts
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Description: Young Rosie faces setbacks in her dream to be an engineer, but her Great-Great Aunt Rose encourages her creativity and persistence.
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Tia’s Tamales

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By: Ana Baca
Illustrated by: Noel Chilton
Description: Grandmother, Abuelita, tells Luz the story of how her great-grandfather learned to make tamales. The message "sometimes you have to make something out of nothing" is shared. Tamale recipe included. Text in English & Spanish.
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Tortillas and Lullabies/Tortillas y Cancioncitas

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By: Lynn Reiser
Description: Traditions are passed on through four generations in this celebration of food, family, and affection. Diversity/multi-cultural, Families, traditions – intergenerational, family stories, bilingual – Spanish/English
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The Truth about Grandparents

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By: Elina Ellis
Illustrated by: Elina Ellis
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Description: Art contradicts text, thus challenging common myths about older adults. For example, the text states, “I’ve been hearing lots of strange things about old people. Some people say they are NOT MUCH FUN. They say grandparents are SLOW…and CLUMSY…” In reality, Yoga and dancing and more are shown, even a little romance.
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Under the Same Sun

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By: Sharon Robinson
Illustrated by: A.G. Ford
Description: The daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson shares an inspirational story about her family. Auntie Sharon and Grandmother Bibi have come to visit the family in Tanzania -- all the way from America! They tell stories and fill gaps from the years spent apart, enjoy a breathtaking safari in Serengeti National Park, and learn about their ancestors at the ruins of an old slave port. (Descrip from publisher)
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