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The Great Big Book of Families

What you need

  • Your listening ears
  • Your drawing set and paper


The Great Big Book of Families introduces children to the fact that not all families look the same.  This book celebrates each family in its own unique and wonderful way and helps develop an understanding of cultural diversity.

The experience

Sit back and listen to the wonderful book The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman. 

What is a family? Once, it was said to be a father, mother, boy, girl, cat and dog living in a house with a garden. But as times have changed, families have changed too, and now there are almost as many kinds of families as colours of the rainbow.

From a mum and dad or single parent to two mums or two dads; from a mixed-race family to children with different mums and dads, to families with a disabled member. This is a fresh, optimistic look through children’s eyes at today’s wide variety of family life: from homes, food, ways of celebrating, schools and holidays to getting around, jobs and housework, from extended families, languages and hobbies to pets and family trees.

After listening to the story, why not draw a lovely picture of your own family to share with us on Famly?