Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Family History, Family Legacies

A Mother for Choko - (ISBN: 978-0698113640)

by Keiko Kasza

Choko longs to have a mother and his own family. As he searches for a mother who looks like him, he discovers that Mrs. Bear has plenty of other children (a hippo, an alligator, a piglet) who do not resemble her in the slightest. Could this be the family he has been looking for?

I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story: Yo Recuerdo Abuelito: Un Cuento del Dia de los Muerdos - (ISBN: 978-0807535172)

by Janice Levy

A young granddaughter helps her family prepare for their celebration of their dead ancestors’ spirits. She especially remembers her grandfather and looks forward to communing with his spirit. Enjoy learning about this cultural celebration from Mexico.

Is Your Mama a Llama? - (ISBN: 978-0439875882)

by Deborah Guarino

Delightful, playful confusion sets in when a baby llama tries to learn which of his animal friends has a llama mother. Enjoy seeing pictures of other baby animals and hearing about their behavior. This particular edition includes a cd too; listen to the book as you read along!

Me with You - (ISBN: 0399250174)

by Kristy Dempsey

A young bear cub finds delight and comfort spending time with her grandpa bear. He accepts her for herself! Does she share any of his characteristics?

Sweet Moon Baby - (ISBN: 978-0375857096)

by Karen Henry Clark

When a perfect beautiful baby is born to a poor Chinese couple, they know they cannot provide for her. She takes an almost surrealistic journey to America floating peacefully through the clouds, guarded by a turtle, a peacock, a monkey, a panda, and some fish. She arrives to live in a home filled with as much love as her parents who give her up.

Families - (ISBN: 978-0688171988)

by Ann Morris

Mother Earth and Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale - (ISBN: 978-1933308180)

by Sibylle von Olfers

Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born - (ISBN: 006024528X)

by Jamie Lee Curtis

The Family Book - (ISBN: 978-0316070409)

by Todd Parr

The Keeping Quilt - (ISBN: 978-0153052125)

by Patricia Polacco

Activities for this Theme

Download a printable family tree and interview form to start your family tree

Make your own animal baby matching game. Go through old magazines and websites and clip pictures of animal babies and their mothers. Glue each separately on index cards. Turn them over and have children do the matches.

Visit a zoo to observe the differences in appearance between baby animals and their parents. Maybe your children would like to sketch the babies.

Mix up animal parts in this online game.

Make handprints of your children, yourself, and parents or grandparents if available. Look at the differences and similarities in the palms. Hang the handprints on your refrigerator.