Families Today Series (11 Titles)

Families Today Series (11 Titles)


“What is a family?” What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. Must a true family have two parents? What about a family with two moms or two dads? With only grandparents? With teen parents? What if parents are of different racial backgrounds, or if they are raising someone else’s kids—what do those factors say about the definition of a family? How does having a family member in the military affect everyone in the home? What happens to a family when one member is in jail? How do mental and physical challenges affect family arrangements? The new series, Families Today, explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with “nontraditional” families.

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Adoptive Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654163 | $9.95 | Paperback

Pregnancy and childbirth might be the most common way to expand a family, but it’s far from the only one. When eager parents reach out to babies or older kids whose biological families can’t care for them, brand-new families are formed. This book discusses the challenges also also many blessings of adoptive families.

Disability and Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654170 | $9.95 | Paperback

Mental or physical challenges don’t just affect the people who have them—they can impact entire families, too. This book looks at the many different types of challenges that exist and discusses how these situations can be a challenge for families but also a source of great strength.

Foster Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654187 | $9.95 | Paperback

Sometimes things happen to parents that make it impossible for them to care for their kids—it could be illness, incarceration, job loss, or other reasons. Fortunately, there are loving parents who are willing to take in, or foster, kids who need someone to look after them. This book looks at how foster families are made and how they might thrive.

Homelessness and Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654194 | $9.95 | Paperback

Whether it’s due to divorce, job loss, natural disaster, or some other catastrophe, sometimes families find that they have nowhere to live. Meeting basic needs can be a struggle, especially for kids who still need to attend school. This book looks at the problem of homelessness: not only the challenges but also how families can meet and rise above them.

Immigrant Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654200 | $9.95 | Paperback

Immigrants have both built and enriched the United States. And yet, newcomers do not always feel welcome in their communities. This book explores the past and present of immigration—most specifically, the challenges that young people experience when they grow up in a culture very different from the one their parents know.

Incarceration and Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654217 | $9.95 | Paperback

More than 2.5 million American kids have a parent in jail or prison—that’s about 1 in every 28 kids. It’s a tough situation for any family, and especially so for the kids. This book looks at the past and present of incarceration in the United States, while offering encouragement and advice for kids who are eagerly waiting for their parents’ release.

Military Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654231 | $9.95 | Paperback

Few people have been more strongly impacted by our evolving definitions of family than the LGBT community. Marriage equality has opened up new worlds of opportunity for people who were once shut out of the traditional family structure. This book discusses the many types of LGBT families and shows how being different need not be an impediment to being happy.

Multigenerational Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654248 | $9.95 | Paperback

Most service people would agree that, despite the risks, it is an honor and a privilege to serve their country. But life in the military isn’t always easy—especially for kids whose parents may get called up to fight. This book looks at the challenges that military families face, such as deployment and frequent moves, but also discusses the ways in which military service can make a family stronger.

Multiracial Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654255 | $9.95 | Paperback

As improvements have health care have made it possible for more people to live longer, healthier lives, grandparents have become increasingly important to the family structure. This book looks at the various ways that multiple generations can challenge but also enrich a family’s life.

Single-Parent Families

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654262 | $9.95 | Paperback

There are well over five million interracial marriages in the United States. Meanwhile, adoptions and remarriages are create even more multiracial families all the time. These blends of ethnicities and cultures present special challenges for kids and parents—but they also offer great opportunities and joy. This book explores the past, present, and future of multiracial families.

Teen Parents

View Product | ISBN: 9781682654279 | $9.95 | Paperback

Whether it’s due to divorce, death, or simply choice, increasing numbers of unmarried people are also parents. In fact, about a third of American kids are being raised in single-parent families. From custody issues to visitation to childcare, this book discusses both the good and the bad of growing up in a single-parent household.


11 Titles
Series ISBN: 9781682655474
Grade Range: 5th – 8th
48 pages each

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