cover of Who's in my family All about our families by Robie H. Harris

Who’s in my family? All about our families by Robie H. Harris

Book Review: A book for children that talks about families.

Introduction

A short overview of this book

Who’s In My Family? All about our families is written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and is ideal for children aged between 3 – 6 years.

Sex education for young children under 5 isn’t about sex at all. It is all about sexuality ie bodies, gender differences and roles, relationships, feelings, diversity, boundaries and reproduction. There are many reasons as to why parents should be reading books like this to their children.

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Book Review

An overview of the book

Who’s In My Family? All about our families is written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and is ideal for children aged between 3 – 6 years.

Sex education for young children under 5 isn’t about sex at all. It is all about sexuality ie bodies, gender differences and roles, relationships, feelings, diversity, boundaries and reproduction. There are many reasons as to why parents should be reading books like this to their children.

Robie H. Harris has a new series of age-appropriate books out, in which she very simply and straightforwardly lays the foundations for sex education. This second book, Who’s In My Family? All about our families looks at our families.

This book talks about:

  • there are all types of families (animals families too)
  • families live in many different kinds of places
  • families eat many different types of food
  • families like being together and doing things together
  • children can be born into or adopted into their family
  • families come in all different types and sizes
  • some children live with their mum part-time, or have a step-parent, foster care, live with a grandparent
  • some families are extended, with other relatives living there
  • families have happy, angry and unhappy times together
  • families are there for each other
  • families have their own routines that may be different to other families
  • most of the time families love each other and love being together

So, as you can see, Who’s In My Family? All about our families provides an opportunity to start talking about your own family, as well as other families that are around you. The book explains that all families are different and that is okay.

This stuff is pretty important as kids become much more aware of how different their family may be once they start going to school. If all the other kids have a mummy and a daddy, and they have just a mummy, they will feel different. But if they understand that all families differ in some way, they will be much more accepting of this.

The main message is about kids understanding that it is okay to be different and that everyone is different – we can’t all be the same.

Reading Tips

Make sure you have a look at Who’s In My Family? All about our families first (before you read it to your child)! That way you will know what to expect.  You can find some tips in this article on how to read ‘sex ed’ books.

This is a picture book but it is very wordy. You may have to summarise the text on some pages, as it is very comprehensive. Most 3 year olds would not have the attention span to sit through a ‘start to end’ read of this book.

The illustrations are very descriptive, so if you do find this book too wordy, you can just talk about the different families that are portrayed on each page. That alone will bring up the opportunity to talk about how different our families can be.

Who’s In My Family? All about our families by Robie H. Harris is a book just about families that is ideal for younger children. It provides many examples of the different types of families and how they differ, normalising the fact that it is normal for families to be different, and that there is no right or wrong.

✅ Buy a copy of Who’s In My Family? All about our families at Amazon or Book Depository.

Ideal ages

What’s the ideal age for this book?

Who’s In My Family? All about our families is ideal for children between the ages of 3 – 8 years of age.

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Where can you buy a copy of this book?

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You can find a copy of Who’s In My Family? All about our families at Amazon or Book Depository.

You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.

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