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Parents' Primer: Families


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J306.85 Lash, Michele My Kind of Family: A Book for Kids in Single-Parent Homes
J306.856 HANSO Hanson, Warren Raising You Alone
With heart and humour, talks about the quirks and challenges that must be faced every day.
J306.856 Lindsay, Jeanne Warren Do I Have a Daddy?: A Story About a Single-Parent Child
A single mother explains to her son that his daddy left soon after he was born. Includes a section with suggestions for answering the question, "Do I have a daddy?"
J306.856 SCHUE Schuette, Sarah L. Single-Parent Families
Simple text and photographs present single-parent families, including how family members interact with one another.
J306.856 Weitzman, Elizabeth Let's Talk About Living with a Single Parent
Examines potential problems and issues that might arise in several different kinds of single-parent homes.
J WARNE Warner, Sally Happily Ever Emma
Eight-year-old Emma is upset to learn that her mother is dating, but not passing along a message about a cancelled date makes Emma feels worse.
JE Cooper, Melrose Gettin' Through Thursday
Since money is tight on Thursdays, the day before his mother's payday, Andre is upset when he realizes that his report card and the promised celebration for making the honor roll will come on a Thursday.
JE Downey, Roma Love Is a Family
It is time for Family Fun Night at school and Lily, who lives with her single mother, wishes she could go with a "real" family.
JE SCHOT Schotter, Roni Mama I'll Give You the World
For one magical night, Luisa wants to make her single mother's worries disappear.
JE Seward, Angela Goodnight, Daddy
Eight-year-old Phoebe looks forward to a visit from her absent father and must deal with her disappointment when "something comes up" and he must postpone his visit.
JE Spinelli, Eileen When Mama Comes Home Tonight
When Mama arrives home, she and her child enjoy a series of activities together before bedtime.
JE THOMA Thomas, Eliza The Red Blanket
Tells the story of a single woman who goes to China to adopt a baby.
JE WOODS Woodson, Jacqueline Pecan Pie Baby
When Mama's pregnancy draws attention away from Gia, she worries that the special bond they share will disappear forever once the baby is born.
JE Zisk, Mary The Best Single Mom in the World: How I Was Adopted
A girl tells how her mother decided to become a single parent and traveled overseas to adopt her and describes their happy life as a family.
JE ZOLOT Zolotow, Charlotte A Father Like That
A young boy shares with his mother his daydreams about the father who left before he was born.

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

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