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Children's Fiction General

All the Families in My Town

text by Ophélie Célier & Thomas Piet

illustrated by Ariane Caldin

translated by Robin Bright

Chouette Publishing, Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
General, Stepfamilies, Orphans & Foster Homes, Parents, LGBT, Alternative Family, Adoption
Recommended Age
5 to 18
Recommended Grade
p to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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A Warm Celebration of Family Diversity

In Aria's tiny village, there are only nine houses. But each of them contains an entire universe. From Samir, whose grandparents never stop dancing, to Judith, whose father identifies as transgender, to Lily, who never knew her birth mother and who lives with her two adoring fathers. Aria introduces us to a wide range of family characteristics. How about your family—what makes it special?

Through Aria's eyes, children discover that the family structure is not unique and that the people who make it up can be very different from each other, as long as they care for one another. A true ode to love, tolerance, and open-mindedness, this story is perfect for starting a dialogue with young children on a variety of issues, such as blended families, LGBTQ+ parents, adoption, and many others.

About the authors

Ophélie Célier's profile page

Thomas Piet's profile page

Ariane Caldin's profile page

Robin Bright is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language arts, reading, writing, and gender. Previously, Dr. Bright taught elementary school for ten years. She has written several books (including Write from the Start, published by Portage & Main Press in 2001) and numerous articles on learning to read and write. In her work as an educator, Dr. Bright provides student teachers and experienced teachers alike with stimulating professional development activities related to the literacy needs and interests of Canadian children, especially teens. She and her family enjoy reading and travelling together.

Robin Bright's profile page

Editorial Reviews

" I hope this book finds its way onto every bookshelf in every classroom and library in the world. This is what the world needs. Acceptance and understanding and celebration of what makes us different but also what brings us together. The art style is beyond stunning, the writing and the story are truly so lovely."

Caitlin Gold

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