Some Families Change by Jess Galatola and Jenni Barrand

Family changes can be challenging, especially for young children. Some Families Change offers a comforting exploration of changing family structures through gentle verse and inclusive illustrations. Covering scenarios including single-parent families, blended families, and the loss of a loved one, it serves as a reassuring guide for children experiencing such transitions. Candid and big-hearted, Some Families Change is a timely resource book for navigating the inevitable changes that life brings.

This book tenderly guides children through various models of changing families with gentle verse and inclusive imagery.

‘You may not have thought much about it, but did you know that some families change? Some get bigger, others smaller and some completely rearrange!’

Changes in the structure of a family can be joyful, turbulent, and especially confusing for little humans. Some Families Change is a gentle and reassuring way of showing children that all families go through changes – it’s completely natural, and they are not alone.

The book candidly explores concepts such as split families, single-parent households, families with two mums or dads, families that join together, and more, always maintaining sensitivity and sincerity. Children grappling with these changes often harbor difficult feelings. The book validates these emotions, emphasizing that it’s okay to feel upset or worried because adjusting to change takes time.

By sharing this book, children and parents can embark on a journey of understanding and emotional healing together, reminding themselves that their feelings are normal, and it’s healthy to express them. A timely and therapeutic resource, Some Families Change assists families in navigating their emotional journey together, amidst the inevitable changes that life brings.

Categories: Early Learners, Picture-Books, New Zealand Children’s Books

Reading Age: 3 to 7 years

RRP: Hardback picture-book in 32 pages, NZ$27.99

Published in NZ by EK Books/ Exisle Publishing.

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