Finding books that relate to me and my family

Reading storybooks to your child can be a great way to help them learn about their world, and feel a sense of belonging.

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes finding stories that relate to you and your child’s own family can be a challenge.

At the library, you can find books and stories about all sorts of families. Ask your librarian to help you find books on topics you and your child want to read about. Here are some books the librarian may suggest to you:

Families come in many forms

  • Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
  • Just the Way We Are by Jessica Shirvington
  • The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T Rudd
  • The Lost Girl by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Leanne Tobin
  • Fly-In, Fly-Out Dad by Sally Murphy

Blended families or parents separating

  • Bigger Digger by Brett Avison and Craig Smith
  • Family Forest by Kim Kane and Lucia Masciullo
  • Mum and Dad Glue by Kes Gray

Living in foster care

  • A Home Away From Home – Children’s Stories About Foster Care by Australian Childhood Foundation

Moving to Australia / Refugee experience

  • I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox and Ronojoy Ghosh
  • My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald and Freya Blackwood
  • Out by Angela May George
  • Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz
  • Dreamers by Yuki Morales

Expecting a new baby in the family

  • Za-za’s Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins
  • There’s Going to be a Baby by John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury
  • Home in the Rain by Bob Graham

Illness or death of a family member

  • One Photo by Ross Watkins and Liz Anelli
  • Missing Mummy by Rebecca Cobb
  • My Happy Sad Mummy by Michelle Vailiu
  • Roses are Blue by Sally Murphy

Search for your local library.

Published — 18 February 2019 Last updated — 01 August 2019

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