Groundwood Books

A Family Is a Family Is a Family

Illustrated by Qin Leng • Written by Sara O'Leary

For readers 4 - 7 years old | Published September 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554987955
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General

Cover of A Family Is a Family Is a Family

Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages | 9.50 in × 8.50 in
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About this book

A Family Is a Family Is a Family

Qin Leng • Sara O'Leary

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family.

As her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special.

A warm and whimsical look at many types of families, written by award-winning author Sara O’Leary, with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng.

About the Creators

Qin Leng

Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and received the APALA Award for best picture book. Her most recent books include The Better Tree Fort by Jessica Scott Kerrin as well as Away by Emil Sher and A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary, which were both selected for USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List.

Sara O'Leary

Sara O’Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of the award-winning series of Henry books — When You Were Small, Where You Came From and When I Was Small — and This Is Sadie, all illustrated by Julie Morstad, and You Are One, illustrated by Karen Klassen. A graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program, she has taught screenwriting and writing for children at Concordia University in Montreal.

Awards and Praise
A sweet and tender tale that shows that families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured.
  • Commended Toronto Public Library's First and Best List, 2016
  • Commended OLA Best Bets Top Ten, 2016
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017
  • Commended CBC Best Books of 2016, 2016
  • Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017
  • Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2017