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FAMILIES TODAY

"What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. Must a true family have two parents? What about a family with two moms or two dads? With only grandparents? With teen parents? What if parents are of different racial backgrounds, or if they are raising someone else’s kids—what do those factors say about the definition of a family? How does having a family member in the military affect everyone in the home? What happens to a family when one member is in jail? How do mental and physical challenges affect family arrangements? The new series, Families Today, explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with "nontraditional” families.

Hardcover

ISBN 978-1-4222-3612-3

$251.40(USD)
  Entire Series

12

2017

10+

5th - 8th

7 x 9

"What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. Must a true family have two parents? What about a family with two moms or two dads? With only grandparents? With teen parents? What if parents are of different racial backgrounds, or if they are raising someone else’s kids—what do those factors say about the definition of a family? How does having a family member in the military affect everyone in the home? What happens to a family when one member is in jail? How do mental and physical challenges affect family arrangements? The new series, Families Today, explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with "nontraditional” families.

SLJ Review

This series strives to represent the variety of families and their experiences that exist in today’s society. Each title addresses the history, current trends, issues, challenges, and social impacts of each situation in a straightforward, nonjudgmental manner. Relevant photographs, both contemporary and archival, support the text. Unfamiliar words are highlighted and defined at the start of each chapter. Print resources are dated in some volumes, but the contact information for community resources and agencies are current. Much of the content addresses the daily lives of these families, focusing on issues and emotions children might be feeling and affirming their concerns. An underlying goal of the set is to also instill empathy in readers, something it does quite well. VERDICT A great resource that reflects the many manifestations of family with an emphasis on social acceptance.
Adoptive Families

by H.W. Poole

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-3613-0 $20.95 Add To Cart
eBook ISBN 978-1-4222-8257-1 $26.95 Add To Cart

Pregnancy and childbirth might be the most common way to expand a family, but it’s far from the only one. When eager parents reach out to babies or older kids whose biological families can’t care for them, brand-new families are formed. This book discusses the challenges also also many blessings of adoptive families. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with "nontraditional” families.

Disability and Families

by H.W. Poole

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-3614-7 $20.95 Add To Cart
eBook ISBN 978-1-4222-8258-8 $26.95 Add To Cart

Mental or physical challenges don’t just affect the people who have them—they can impact entire families, too. This book looks at the many different types of challenges that exist and discusses how these situations can be a challenge for families but also a source of great strength. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

Foster Families

by H.W. Poole

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-3615-4 $20.95 Add To Cart
eBook ISBN 978-1-4222-8259-5 $26.95 Add To Cart

Sometimes things happen to parents that make it impossible for them to care for their kids—it could be illness, incarceration, job loss, or other reasons. Fortunately, there are loving parents who are willing to take in, or foster, kids who need someone to look after them. This book looks at how foster families are made and how they might thrive. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

Homelessness and Families

by H.W. Poole

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-3616-1 $20.95 Add To Cart
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Whether it’s due to divorce, job loss, natural disaster, or some other catastrophe, sometimes families find that they have nowhere to live. Meeting basic needs can be a struggle, especially for kids who still need to attend school. This book looks at the problem of homelessness: not only the challenges but also how families can meet and rise above them. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

Immigrant Families

by H.W. Poole

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Immigrants have both built and enriched the United States. And yet, newcomers do not always feel welcome in their communities. This book explores the past and present of immigration—most specifically, the challenges that young people experience when they grow up in a culture very different from the one their parents know. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

Incarceration and Families

by H.W. Poole

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-3618-5 $20.95 Add To Cart
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More than 2.5 million American kids have a parent in jail or prison—that’s about 1 in every 28 kids. It’s a tough situation for any family, and especially so for the kids. This book looks at the past and present of incarceration in the United States, while offering encouragement and advice for kids who are eagerly waiting for their parents’ release. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

LGBT Families

by H.W. Poole

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-3619-2 $20.95 Add To Cart
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Few people have been more strongly impacted by our evolving definitions of family than the LGBT community. Marriage equality has opened up new worlds of opportunity for people who were once shut out of the traditional family structure. This book discusses the many types of LGBT families and shows how being different need not be an impediment to being happy. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

Military Families

by H.W. Poole

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Most service people would agree that, despite the risks, it is an honor and a privilege to serve their country. But life in the military isn’t always easy—especially for kids whose parents may get called up to fight. This book looks at the challenges that military families face, such as deployment and frequent moves, but also discusses the ways in which military service can make a family stronger. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

Multigenerational Families

by H.W. Poole

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As improvements have health care have made it possible for more people to live longer, healthier lives, grandparents have become increasingly important to the family structure. This book looks at the various ways that multiple generations can challenge but also enrich a family’s life. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

Multiracial Families

by H.W. Poole

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-3622-2 $20.95 Add To Cart
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There are well over five million interracial marriages in the United States. Meanwhile, adoptions and remarriages are create even more multiracial families all the time. These blends of ethnicities and cultures present special challenges for kids and parents—but they also offer great opportunities and joy. This book explores the past, present, and future of multiracial families. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

Single-Parent Families

by H.W. Poole

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-3623-9 $20.95 Add To Cart
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Whether it’s due to divorce, death, or simply choice, increasing numbers of unmarried people are also parents. In fact, about a third of American kids are being raised in single-parent families. From custody issues to visitation to childcare, this book discusses both the good and the bad of growing up in a single-parent household. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.

Teen Parents

by H.W. Poole

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-3624-6 $20.95 Add To Cart
eBook ISBN 978-1-4222-8268-7 $26.95 Add To Cart

The rates of kids having kids are lower than they have ever been. But still, more than 50 teen girls out of every thousand gets pregnant every year. These girls, along with the fathers of their children, are faced with some extremely adult choices. This book looks at the different issues that arise, including dealing with parents and friends, finishing school, and learning how to be a good parent. "What is a family?" What used to seem like a simple question has grown ever more complex. The set explores the different types of family structures that have become increasingly common in the 21st century. The books provide not only objective demographic information but also friendly, accessible advice for kids with ""nontraditional” families.